An Open Letter To Muktamma
28 January 2003
Namaskarams. Attending your concert at Musiri
Subramania Iyer's residence on the 19th of January
was an ecstatic experience that cannot be described.
28 January 2003 Knowing fully well the huge numbers that nowadays
come for your concerts, I had arrived at the venue
by 3 pm itself and was hence able to secure a vantage
point for myself. Your concert with accompaniment by S. Sowmya (vocal), R.K. Shriramkumar (violin) and Umayalpuram
Mali (mridanga) took me to an era of which I had
only read and imagined to have existed. As the shades
of the evening closed in, I was not in Mylapore, but
in a narrow street in George Town, treading the
steps of a modest dwelling where the empress of
music sat, regally caressing her veena. All around
me were men like T.T. Krishnamachari, Keertana-charya C.R. Srinivasa Iyengar, Tiger Varadachariar and Jalatarangam Ramanaiah Chetty.