Anil Bharvaney's Memory Lives Through Young Artist Program

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 works.

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 so softly."

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 is unbelievable."

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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