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Photographs with Tilli & Vijay Pawa – NP and the Pawa brothers passion for music

Dear All,

Since NP has now begun to regularly interact and I was browsing my files, I came upon two photographs from 1964 which I forwarded to NP & Vinod Pawa. These pictures feature Tilak (Tilli) Raj Pawa & Vijay, the latter was NP’s younger brother. (Please note the pictures are from Partap Grewal’s collection!!)

I received the following response from NP which I reproduce below since it would interest many to know about a talent that the Pawa Family nursed in School, became a lifelong passion. “Music is still a good part of my life and it keeps me going”

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“Thank you for the photos.
My brother Vijay was walking along side me for years until he passed away. Tilak on the other hand and Vinod Pawa were involved in my interest in music. Unfortunately Tilak has left us to take his place but deservingly  in heaven. Around 1964, while I was in Japan for business training, the three of us got together with a Chinese friend (drummist) and a German fellow to play base and an American playing the lead guitar. The six of us for some reason called ourselves ‘The ‘Five Beat Tops’ and played at events and at  a competition where we won a runners-up trophy. I guess Danny the American joined us after we had picked a name for our band. Tilak played the second lead on his guitar and I the rhythm. The three us brothers sang mostly Beatles’ songs and had a blast. Music is still a good part of my life and it keeps me going.

Thank you for your interest and friendship.


Np “

NP has just sent me additional pieces of music and the links below are included for your listening pleasure. Keep them coming NP ! We were and continue to be music lovers and a familiar voice is a very welcome pleasure. Thank YOU !!

 By The time I Get To Phoenix

 Walk Away



Vijay [Vijay Khurana]

When you are passionate, then you are, well, just passionate. !! NP just sent me this following number to be added for your listening pleasure

When You Say Nothing At All


Tilak Raj Pawa – passed on

Dear All,

I have just received the following message from Vinod Pawa:

Sad to inform you that my brother, Tilak R. Pawa (Tilly) passed away today at 12;20 PM, Singapore time.

He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008, had it operated on and was ok till August 2010. He’s been bed ridden since then.

We’re sad to see him go but happy that his suffering has ended. He will be missed by many here as we as from BCS. Always jovial and helpful.

His cremation is on Sunday. He is survived by his wife, Hemlata, son, Vikas and daughter, Sheetal

Terrific person and never harmed any one – ever. May his soul rest in peace. Our deepest condolences to the family.

Warmly, Vijay Khurana

Message from Vinod Pawa :

Dear All,
Tilly was cremated yesterday. We collected his ashes this morning and they were immersed in the sea just of the coast of Singapore. At last at rest and at peace.
I wish to thank you all for the condolence messages I have received. Give me a while to compile them after which I will forward all your messages to his daughter Sheetal. His wife Hemlata (Hemy) is not up to all this as yet. I have already mentioned to her of your messages but good for her to read them herself. She said she would try and respond.
I had forwarded this email from Vijay. She called me and said “He is talking about Dad as he is today”. I said “He’s talking about your Dad of 50 years ago”. He hasn’t changed that much. So she asked me to read out Vijay’s email before the cremation. Without taking his permission I highlighted the main points of his email to all. It just confirmed what we all knew of his nature and character.
Thank you all once again for your kind words and support.