Song of Surrender

Thursday, 5 June 2014

An evening filled with warmth

By Nandini Ramani

It was a memorable evening when Sangita Kalanidhi T.K. Murthy was  honoured with the Laya Madhura Lifetime award some months ago. As the veteran mridanga vidwan delivered his speech, we were astonished at his impeccable memory – the way he recalled and narrated episodes from his childhood and gurukulavasam with Tanjavur Vaidyanatha  Iyer. What made a deep impact was the way he expressed his gratitude and respect towards his teacher and several others who had helped him grow in an artistic career spanning almost nine decades. It is worth emulating for the present generation. He did not falter or forget any name or place in the course of his speech. Equally interesting was the speech by Narasimhan of Asthika Samajam, Tiruvanmiyur who quoted several anecdotes from the golden past and spoke about the unique technique of T.K. Murthy. 

Mridanga vidwan Tiruvarur Bakthavatsalam is the founder-director of the Laya Madhura School of music. As it was the 13th anniversary of Laya Madhura, Bhaktavatsalam’s disciples honoured him with a 13-feet long rose garland. It was heartwarming to listen to his senior disciples Sumesh Narayan and Delhi Sairam express their gratitude to their guru. Unlike many programmes where the listener is subjected to long winding, boring speeches, the entire evening was a treat for the audience -- many of whom were moved to tears.

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