Thursday, 17 December 2015

A maestro's wife goes back in time

"I owe everything to my mother, Meenakshi Gopalakrishnan," announced M. Narmadha, after her solo violin concert at Bhavans a week ago.
The senior lady was seated in the front row, enjoying the music of her daughter. And when the recital was done she chatted with me.

She recalled  the times of her husband, the late maestro M. S. Gopalakrishnan taking violin 'sikshay' from his father Parur Sunfdaram Iyer. 

"My father-in-law would make his son play the violin, the same song 12 times and if he made even the smallest mistake he had to repeat the song.  He used to sit in front of his son and count the number of times his sishya played. He was very strict and would not allow anyone to be around to take pity on the young artiste."

Obviously, this was bitter-sweet experience for Meenakshi, having realized that this was the only way to master an art.

That evening, Dr. Narmadha contributed her payment to a relief fund and handed over the cheque to the organiser of Bhavan's cultural festival. 

- Report by V. Vasantha

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