Shri Narsingh Agnish
A Fellow Panjabi, Generous Friend and a Music Lover
Almost four years ago to date (September 20, 2004, in fact), I received an email from Narsingh Agnish about buying Geet Kosh volumes. He got them and enjoyed them thoroughly. Also, he found out that one of his favorite songs was from the movie Begunah. When he inquired about getting the song, I introduced him to late Satish Kalra and the rest of the RMIM gang!
Since then, he has participated in RMIM discussions, remembering how and when he saw those old movies that all of us are so fond of. And by attending RMIM meetings, in a short span of four years, he has become a veteran RMIMer. In addition, he has set two records which are going to be very difficult to break. Har Mandir Singh, the compiler of the world-famous Hindi Film Geet Kosh, has been the recipient of the largest and the most substantial reward from him. And, the attendees of the recent (October 2008) RMIM meet at Guri's house in Denver were the recipients of all the contents of his 80 Gb iPod (the largest number of songs distributed by any one in an RMIM meet).
Born in Jalandhar, Panjab in 1940 (luckily managed to escape the horrors of partition). Obtained an M.Sc. in Zoology from the Panjab University (it was located in Hoshiarpur at the time), came to Canada in 1962 as a graduate student, getting a Ph.D. in Anatomy & Cancer Research in 1969 from the University of Saskatchewan. While there (in Saskatoon), met and married Marleen Ambros in 1969; they have four children (Vivek, Devinder, Jai, and Asha) all of them married. Two grandsons (from Vivek) and two granddaughters (from Devinder). Worked at Hoffmann-La Roche for 25 years as a Teratologist (scientists who study birth defects except, in his case, it was in animals) retiring in 2003.
Music (especially Hindi film music), Photography and bridge (the card game, not what engineers build) are his hobbies. Like to spend a lot of time with his grand children. They have two homes, one in NJ and another in Cumberland, a small village on the Vancouver Island (about three hours drive north of Victoria). Narsingh and his wife share the Cumberland home with their middle son Devinder.
Here are some recent photographs:
At Devinder's wedding. Standing (L to R): Vivek, Narsingh, Marleen; Sitting: Asha, Devinder, Marussia, Jai
At Asha's wedding: Marleen, Asha, Narsingh
Also at Asha's wedding: Vivek, Asha, Jai, Devinder
Thanks to Narsingh for sharing his bio and lovely photographs!
He has also very generously agreed to share his songs with all RMIMers. So, I will be posting songs from his collection about one film at a time. Watch the usual link :)