Phew! After a long time, I am writing on a subject that is not COVID 19. My subject is music or a brilliant Carnatic vocAlist whose seventh death anniversary falls today. I am talking about Ranjani Hebbar, who succumbed to ovarian cancer on June 9, 2013, when she was just three months away from her 30th birthday. Frankly, until last year, I didn't know someone called Ranjani Hebbar existed though I keep a close watch on the music scene. Then I heard her sing in a youtube recording and was hooked. Not only me but lot of people I talked to were unaware of her existence. In that youtube post she sang a Kannada song Sadha enne hridayadalli in the raga Brindavana saranga. That had me looking for more Ranjani recordings and I found a treasure trove. Though she sang the usual repertoire of a Carnatic music concert like Tyagaraja and Dikshitar, she was at her brilliant best when she sang in Kannada. Her Singing of Purtandaradasa or Basaveswara moved even a hardcore atheist like me. You can imagine their effect on music lovers who are believers. She sang with a full understanding of the text effortlessly using their core emotion or rasa to pull the heartstrings of listeners. Strange, when she was alive, I hardly saw reviews of her performances. She obviously kept a low profile, with hardly any interviews and didn't curry favour with critics but just went on performing totally dedicated to her music. After her death critics woke up and showered encomiums on her. One of them titled his article on her as "Death of a brilliant possibility". Had she lived long enough she would have been placed in the pantheon of Carnatic music greats. Even when she was alive she didn't get a fair treatment d from the music establishment of Chennai. The hallowed Music Academy did not give her the prime evening slot during the December music season. It was always the noon slot generally reserved for junior musicians but she carried on uncomplainingly. To be fair, Tamil Nadu paid more attention to the Udipi girl than her native Karnataka. She had more concerts in TN than in her home state. Her life took a tragic turn when in November 2012, she was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Chemotherapy was of no avail as by then BIG C had spread wide in her body. After six months of agony, she breathed her last in Udipi on this day in 2013. Thank you for the music Ranjani and thank you for strengthening me in my resolve as an atheist for your sufferings show that either God is a sadistic creep to torture someone like you who sang his praises day in and day out or he just doesn't exist. I lean towards the second hypothesis. In either case, he doesn't deserve worship.