Monday, 28 December 2015

Auto-driver's Subbudu experience; retold today

While hopping from one music sabha to another in an auto with a friend this season, this interesting incident took place with the talkative and aged auto driver, Ezhumalai.  

The initial topic of discussions was the Chennai traffic and the recent floods. 

Then, sensing that that we were music rasikas, Ezhumalai, told us that many, many years ago he used to wait outside Krishna Gana Sabha, T. Nagar for customers.  

He had had the opportunity to drive the legendary late Subuddu on many occasions during the music seasons of those years from Krishna Gana Sabha to the hotel where Subuddu used to stay.  I asked him if he knew who Subbudu was.  

Pat came the reply - "He was a great music critic. I got to know him and of him those years!" 

- Report by V. Srikanth

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