Monday, 17 December 2012

December memories of a veteran

Narasimhan (79) is the founder of ‘Asthiga Samajam’ at Thiruvanmiyur and it is in its 20th year ( his photo is seen above).  He shared the dais on the inaugural day of Madhuradhwani fest at Arkay Centre, Luz. He had some nice anecdotes to share. Here are two -
- In the old days there used to be a radio unit inside Panagal Park, T Nagar and it played on a PA system Carnatic music from 5.30 in the evening to 9 at night.  
Once, in 1953 he was   travelling in a bus and had taken the ticket from T.Nagar to Mylapore. When the bus came near Panagal Park, he heard Madurai Mani’s kutchery being broadcast.  

He got down from the bus and tore off the two anna ticket (which was a great sum those days) and went into the park.  He stayed till the end of the programme which was 9 at night.  He had no bus to Mylapore at that late hour.  So he walked to Mylapore recollecting the neraval at ‘Kantiki Sundara’ in the Thyagaraja Kriti ‘ Chakkani raja margamu ‘.

- The Music Academy in those days was having its festival at R.R.Sabha, Mylapore and the Expert Committee meetings inside Lady Sivaswamy Iyer Girls School.  There used to be heated arguments among vidwans at these meets.

- Report, photo by V. Vasantha

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