One of the many things I look forward to is “Vignettes”, the weekly column by Shriniwas Joshi, which now appears in ‘The Tribune’ every Monday. Today , it carries the sad news of the demise of Dr. G.R Sud, to whom Mr. Joshi has paid glowing tributes as a theatre personality. I had the privilege of being his student in H.P. University campus from !973 to 1975 .I fondly remember the very first day he came to teach us. As we introduced ourselves in the class, when a fellow student also carrying the initials GR , spelt out his full name, it drew giggles from the girl students with an urban background. The fellow was a bit embarrassed but Dr. Sud made light of the moment saying that he too had a funny name. We never tried to find out his full name as for us he remained GR or Dr.GR , or Dr. Faustus – the name endearingly sticking to him as he taught us Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus in the first semester. A noble man indeed, very down to earth and no high flying intellectual !
The fact of his being a theater personality was never revealed for the two year period I stayed at the university , as Dr.Sud , simple as he was,never wore his achievements on his sleeves.For us he was a teacher who taught and taught well Many years later I read about this aspect of his personality, in the Hindi magazine ‘Vipasha’. Mr. Joshi has written at length about him in the column as well .In hind sight, I remember, his peculiar way of uttering dialogues and reciting poetry lines while teaching , which had something to do with his drama direction .He had a blissfully long life .
Adieu Dr. Sud !