Monday, 27 August 2018

T.N. Rajarathnam Pillai

Birthdays & Anniversaries

T.N. Rajarathnam Pillai was a nagaswara wizard, a trailblazer and a legend. Rajarathnam was born in August in 1898 and breathed his last in December 1956 at the relatively young age of 58. He was popularly referred to as TNR. For nearly half a century he strode the world of Carnatic music like a colossus. By arduous and diligent practice over the years, he gained incredible mastery over music and his chosen instrument. His rendition of kriti-s were flawless and the swaraprastara sparkling. He  was popularly  associated  with  Todi  raga  – his  name  became synonymous  with  it because of  his  brilliant  exposition  and delineation of  the  raga.  Even  so,  he  also played, in  equal degree  of  excellence,  many  other  rakti raga-s.  Who  can  forget  his Simhendramadhyamam, Shanmukhapriya,  Ramapriya, Vachaspati, Pantuvarali and Kalyani?

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