New Delhi: Amit Saigal, founder and editor of music magazine the Rock Street Journal, drowned while swimming off a Goa beach on Thursday, officials said.
Saigal was swimming with his friends near their anchored sail boat off Bogmalo beach, 35 km from Panaji in Goa.
"Saigal's friends who were present there said that he was asthmatic and could have had an asthma attack when he was swimming, while the entourage had anchored the sail boat mid-sea," an official of a private beach management service said.
Saigal was headed with his friends from Panaji to Palolem, a popular beach in Goa.
"Our lifeguard stationed at Bogmalo beach around 12.20 pm saw through his binoculars that some people on the sailboat were gesticulating wildly for help. We sent a jet ski there to check and found Saigal on the deck with his pulse missing," the official said.
Saigal was later taken to hospital where he was declared dead.
The police have registered the case as an unnatural death and the autopsy is likely to be conducted soon.
Amit Saigal, founder and editor of the music magazine Rock Street Journal was responsible for popularising independent music scene in India to a great extent.
Saigal started Rock Street Journal in January 1993 in Allahabad with Shena Gamat Saigal after they realised the lack of support system for Indian rock musicians.
Saigal had over 25 years of experience in the music business in India, and was closely involved in the club as well as the concert market in India, and had been an encouraging entity to many emerging rock bands and musicians.
Some of the biggest contributions to the music scene include the festivals started by him which include Great Indian Rock Festival popularly known as GIR, Global Groove Festival & Convention, Pubrockfest, Jazz Utsav and Rocktoberfest and the latest inclusion being the India Music Week.
Condolences poured in from everywhere as news of his death broke. Vishal Dadlani tweeted saying, "Horrible news. Amit Saigal, owner of Rock Street Journal, and dear friend to everyone on India's rock circuit, is no more. RIP. Deep shock."
He later added "Amit Saigal, RIP. Wherever you've gone, I hope they have beer, good maal, and an acoustic guitar. Rock on, brother." (sic.)
Stand-up comedian and actor Vir Das also tweeted saying, "Its horrible when great people that you idolized pass on. Amit Saigal was a wonderful great great great great man. Rest in peace Papa Rock."
Raghu Dixit of the Raghu Dixit Project also tweeted, "Amit Saigal - He did more for the Indian Rock scene than what he was credited for. Many Indian bands owe him one. Hard to believe he is gone."
(With additional information from IANS)