S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Monday, 26 November 2018

T. T. Krishnamachari

Birthdays & Anniversaries
27.11.1899 - 1974

Tiruvellore Thattai Krishnamachari was born on 26 November 1899. Graduating from Madras Christian College, TTK began his life as a businessman and went on to lay the foundation of the hugely successful firm T.T. Krishnamachari & Co. in 1928 in Chennai. Later, TTK felt there were issues in the arena of politics and that he should turn his attention to it. He was initially elected to the Madras Legislative Assembly as an independent member; later he joined the Congress. In 1946 he was made a member of the Constituent Assembly at the Centre.

TTK started taking interest in the affairs of the Music Academy by enrolling himself as a patron in 1936. However, it appears he kept himself away from it from 1942 for personal reasons. He returned to it in 1950, and was elected as its Vice President. Next year he presided over the sadas of the music conference.

From its inception in 1927 the Academy had been holding its annual music conferences and concerts in specially erected pandals or halls available in the city. It had acquired a plot on Mowbrays Road to construct its own building. However no progress could be made for want of funds. The building project gathered momentum after the Academy invited TTK, then Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, to inaugurate its Music Conference in 1954. TTK “pulled off a coup” and got Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to lay the foundation stone on 5 October 1955. M.S. Subbulakshmi gave a grand benefit concert to raise funds for the building; the Prime Minister sat through the concert till the end. MS presented a series of concerts for the purpose in the coming days. 
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