John Gomes

John Gomes' contribution to music in India has not been in the role of a performer or teacher. Rather, it is through his print music and musical instrument showrooms, Furtados, that he had played a significant role in the development and promotion of western music and music education in India. Depsite many hardships, including complete prohibition of imports of musical instruments during the 1960s and 1970s, John persevered with the music business.

It was in the same spirit that John accepted the responsibility as Local Representative of the Mumbai Centre of the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London (now Trinity College London). He was honoured with Honorary Membership of the College in 1987.

In 2003, just a few days before his passing away, John Gomes was decorated with the Stop Gaps Cultural Academy "Lifetime Acheievement Award", presented in appreciation and acknowledgement of his service to music and music education in India.

Today, the future for western music in India is both positive and challenging, and, for John, this would have been all the reward and accolades he could ever have wanted.

John Gomes