ONE of the pioneers of the Fiji music and video recording industry and a champion against piracy is no more.
Ravindra Patel, 74, proprietor of South Pacific Recordings Limited, passed away on Sunday at the Suva Private Hospital.
Funeral proceedings will be held at the Wailoaloa crematorium in Nadi this afternoon.
Mr Patel is survived by his wife Nirmal and only son Romil Patel.
Local artists said the loss would be a big blow to the music and film industry by local artists.
Vude king Seru Serevi said the SPR founder's passing would leave a huge vacuum in the industry because he was at the forefront in the fight against piracy since the late '80s.
"Personally, I remember that from my first album recorded under the SPR label in 1983, Mr Patel was a champion for local music copyright," Serevi said.
"He even pioneered local music video production when he hired a camera crew from India to come and shoot music videos for local artists in 1989."
Rusiate Ralulu, recording engineer at SPR and a member of the Western Musicians and Entertainers Association echoed Serevi's sentiments.