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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

N. Pattabhi Raman

Birthdays & Anniversaries

24.10.1932 - 23.12.2002
Dr. N. Pattabhi Raman was founder-editor of Sruti, the prestigious English language monthly devoted exclusively to Indian performing arts. He was one of the pioneers who started the documentation of Carnatic music and musicians, dancers and dance gurus in a detailed, objective and interesting way in the pages of Sruti, which he launched on 16 October 1983.

Pattabhi Raman was also the Managing Trustee of The Sruti Foundation which published Sruti and undertook a number of activities aimed at promoting excellence, preserving traditions of value and encouraging innovation in Indian music and dance. As Director of the Special Projects Division of the Sruti Foundation, he organised several studies and documentation projects and seminars. He conceptualised and launched SAMUDRI--the Subbulakshmi-Sadasivam Music and Dance Resources Institute in 1999, and was its first Director-General.

Pattabhi Raman had M.A. & M.Litt degrees in Economics from the University of Madras and a Ph.D. in the same subject from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York. He had a wide-ranging career in the US, where he resided for 25 years, as a Government of India official, economic and business consultant, public relations executive, journalist, and an international civil servant. He served the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York during 1966-80 and was a senior official with the rank of Director when he resigned his position to return to India in 1980. He continued to serve the organisation as a senior consultant.

Prior to his sojourn in the U.S., Pattabhi Raman contributed articles on Indian music and dance, as well as on cinema and cricket, to Indian newspapers and magazines. While in the U.S., he reported for the Deccan Herald and wrote a cultural newsletter for the Illustrated Weekly of India.

As a speaker and Editor-in-Chief of Sruti, Pattabhi Raman was in demand to deliver keynote and valedictory addresses, as well as to chair sessions, at music and dance conferences and seminars in India and abroad.

Pattabhi Raman was honoured with several awards. To mention a few: Bharata Vimarsaka Bhooshana, from Shree Bharatalaya, Chennai (1995); the Media Award of the Music Forum, Mumbai (1997); the Raja Lakshmi Award from the Raja Lakshmi Foundation (1997); Kala Sevaka Ratna from Sri Ramakrishna Gana Sabha, Bangalore (1998); and the Madras Telugu Academy Award (2001).

Sruti Pattabhi Raman as he was better known, died on 23 December 2002. He was 70. He has left his imprint on arts journalism and the documentation of the Indian performing arts.

                                             To read full story, visit sruti.com and buy Sruti 220 & 221

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