Sunday, 13 December 2015

Remembering a sabha founder . . .

It is good to remember the people who make the season, the arts world tick. And so guests at the inauguration of the festival of Narada Gana Sabha on Saturday evening did not fail to recall the sabha's late secretary, R. Krishnaswamy.

He was a man who was stern and managed with a iron hand, stood by religion, culture and the arts and encouraged new ideas too.

This was the first 'season' when the sabha got up its fest without Krishnaswamy. And the team had done a nice job - the stage was colorful, the show managed well, the campus clean and even the washrooms were fully redesigned and clean.

It was from the rice fields of Alwarpet that Krishnaswamy and his brother built this huge auditorium, brick by brick. And the man opened the doors to artistes, especially dancers who had great ideas or those who needed the stage to excel.

Photo here shows the winners in various music contests held by the sabha who received certificates on this occasion - seen in the front row is Music Academy's N. Murali ( chief guest for the day), sabha head Krishnamurthy and flautist Sikkil Neela.

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