Anil Bharvaney's Memory Lives Through Young Artist
Five months before his sudden death, Anil and Po Bharvaney were enjoying
a delightful dinner at their favorite restaurant. A
jazz pianist played in the background as they
enjoyed each other's company and the wonderful food on
Po's birthday. "I will never forget that night. Everything
was going so well, and we were making plans for
the future," Po remembers.
It was then that Anil shared with his wife his dream
to help dedicated young musicians study their art. But,
Anil didn't live to see his dream come true. Anil was
in the World Trade Center the morning of September 11,
and he did not make it out.
"He was a very generous and kind man," Po recalls.
"It was his idea. I just tried to carry it
out." And that is exactly what she did. This modest
woman is a true dynamo. Within weeks after the tragedy,
Po investigated area organizations, whose mission most
closely matched her husband's dream. She was helped
by a few friends and the development and human resources
offices at the Institute for Advanced Study, where she
After two tours of the Conservatory, Po decided to
establish an endowed fund in memory of Anil to provide
financial assistance to aspiring musicians through the
Young Artist Program as well as to further develop the
jazz component of this program. Young Artist students,
between the ages of seven and eighteen, take jazz and
classical music lessons, music theory and musicianship
classes, and participate in group ensembles each Saturday
during the school year. In addition, they take at least
one private lesson each week. Students are selected
for this program based on their love of music, enthusiasm,
talent and ability. They perform at the school and in
the community on occasion. This seemed like the perfect
program to Po.
With the help of volunteer, Jill Turndorf, Po sent
information about this memorial fund to friends, family
and business associates all over the world via e-mail.
She requested that gifts be sent to the Conservatory
in lieu of flowers or other gifts. She also made a very
generous donation to the fund.
Gifts have come via check and wire from all over the
world, including Singapore, Japan, England, Bangkok,
Hong Kong, Germany and many places throughout the United
States. This is an endowed account, and a portion of
the earnings will be used each year for the stated purpose.
The fund will continue to grow over the years, and this
will serve as a lasting memorial of Mr. Bharvaney.
"Anil was a model and a friend for so many
people around the world.
The sum of our pain is unbelievable."
Who was Anil Bharvaney?
Anil was a man of integrity, very much loved and respected
by colleagues, business associates, staff, family and
friends. He was extremely intelligent and soft-spoken.
Many found it difficult to hear him. But, "when
Anil spoke, it was always worth listening. You learned
something from his insight", commented coworker
Kathy Colloton. Anil was kind and thoughtful, too. "It
is rare that any of us can ever say that we have known
someone who was truly a good person, someone who operated
entirely without malice, without selfishness, and whose
overriding consideration was always for the well-being
and convenience of others," observed Mark Howarth,
a coworker and close friend.
Born in India, raised in Japan and educated in Canada and the
United States, Anil met his wife at New York University, where
he received an MBA, with a major in Computer Applications and
Information Systems and a minor in International Business.
After marriage, Po and Anil moved to East Windsor,
but Anil continued commuting to New York. He was
Senior Vice President of Equities Trading for Instinet Corporation,
which pioneered the electronic stock trading industry
more than thirty years ago. Anil was responsible primarily
for building electronic bridges from Instinet to
stock exchanges around the world to buy and sell stocks
on behalf of Instinet's clients. He also oversaw all
stock and trading information, and was responsible for
building synergies between various departments and groups
of the organization.
Anil traveled globally a great deal. He "was truly
a citizen of the world," stated Mike Meehan, a
good friend for many years. Anil sometimes traveled
to five countries in five days.
Music was always a passion of Anil's. He played trumpet
and an electric keyboard when he was younger, but listening
to CD's was an easy and relaxing hobby throughout his
life. When traveling, Anil carried his Walkman and mini CD's
with his favorite pieces, and he picked up new music,
as well. He loved jazz, pop American and Japanese, and
so much more. "His hearing was so acute,"
Po recollected. "That's one reason why he spoke
Anil also loved photography. While in high school,
he tutored other students to earn money to purchase
his first camera, a Nikon, which although is rather
worn, still takes terrific pictures. "I was always
his assistant when we went picture taking" Po laughed,
"I carried the bags and equipment!" She added
that he had planned to set up a dark room in their home.
Although honored, respected and trusted by so many,
Anil was a humble man, and in his 41 short years, he
influenced many people and touched many lives. He was
a born leader and a revered mentor to many. Mike Meehan
commented, "Apart from my wife, Anil Bharvaney
was the only person on the planet that I trusted 100
percent." Another colleague and close friend, Alain
Leroux, added, "Anil was a model and a friend for
so many people around the world. The sum of our pain
Anil will be missed by everyone who knew him. Po affirmed,
"He was my best friend." The fund she has established
in his name will keep his memory alive. Even in death,
he will continue to do what he did best in life — give.
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