At the age of 4 when kids play with toys and when asked, what will you be when you grow up, you can get many a answers and one most common one is a pilot. He also dreamt the same to become a pilot. There is an Air Port in Bidar, Air Force Station where pilots are trained on Surya Kiran fighter planes. In fact, he was inspired by Surya Kirans when he was just 3 years old and run out of his house every time the plane flew over his house.
He studied music as his love, became a Sangeet Visharad but to grow to be a pilot was his only reverie and this dream of his became a reality on July 11, 2009 as he got his FAA [Federal Aviation Administration, Government of USA] approved Commercial Pilot License (CPL).
Hrishikesh V. Patil now Cap. Hrishikesh V. Patil aged 21 who was born in Bidar who also studied there and then later came to Belgaum with his father’s transfer to Belgaum 10 years ago who is the Principal Correspondent, THE HINDU, Belgaum. He studied at the Kendriya Vidyalaya No-II, Camp, Belgaum and passed with flying colors. He then moved on to R.L.S. College for his science course. He studied in Bidar, Gulbarga, Mysore and Beglaum
Hrishikesh is a unique blend of character and qualities. He is a Sangeet Visharad [B.Music(Tabla)] from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahamandal Vidyalaya, Mumbai and disciple of Musicologist Pt.Hayavadan Joshi of Belgaum. He has performed at the State-level competitions, Bangalore; Kittur Utsav, Kittur; Pt.Savai Gandharva Utsav, Kundgol; Stage performances/Jugalbandi in Belgaum, Dharwad, Mysore & Miraj. He has also a Rajya Puraskar in Bharat Scouts.
Flying was his dream and Music is his life. He is a very humble, disciplined, self-confident, hard-working, goal oriented, affectionate and caring with high moral values.
He attributes his success to blessings of the GOD the almighty, parents, paternal and maternal grandparents, close relatives in Bidar and moral support from close friends from Belgaum. He is deeply grateful to his grandfather Shri Vishwanath Patil, grandmother Amrit Patil, maternal grandfather late Shri Hanmanthrao Deshmukh and grandmother Gangabai Deshmukh, close relatives – Mr.V.V. Bhushetty and family, Advocate Pradeep Deshmukh, Venkatesh Deshmukh, IPS, Mahesh V. Patil, Bharat V, Patil, Dr.Gayatri Patil. He is highly grateful to his Instructors at Falcon Aviation Academy Cap.Dallas Lowen, Cap.Olamide Iledare and Falcon Aviation Academy’s Chief Administrator Mary Jane, local guardian in Atlanta Commander Mrighendra Kale and his family; besdies close friends of his father in Mysore Mr.A.Laxminarasimaiah, Dr.K.N. Doddamani and Mr.D.B. Patil in Belgaum for their timely support. He is also grateful to the Corporation Bank, Bidar, its Manager Ramanna S. Kalkutagi and his staff for lending Education Loan to support is pilot training programme.
Now, he is looking forward to seek pilot’s job in a good airline, preferably in India. His priority in the flying profession will be safety of the passenger on board and the aircraft, as well. Also, he would continue further education and Indian Classical Music, too…But, owes his magnificent achievement to the his mother Mrs.Madhumati Patil and elder sister Risha V. Patil who had been praying every day for his success and safety
His family is euphoric over his achievement. ‘My son has made me proud’ his father told this blog. His elder sister is blissful about his brother’s accomplishment and wished him all the best and look forward to fly in the plane he is piloting.
Indeed a unique mix of persona, all the best Hrishikesh.