R. Yagnaraman

When the 21st century dawned many of the epoch-makers who had distinguished themselves in their chosen vocations during the last century, and were in their eighties and nineties, were still with us; we could meet and talk to them. Suddenly there has been a marked change in the situation, over the past couple of months. In quick succession, many stalwarts have departed, making us feel the passing of an era. R. Yagnaraman, the legendary ‘sabhanayaka’ — General Secretary of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai — was one such impact-making personality. His work and contribution assume special importance and relevance in the context of the changed circumstances of the last century that required new initiatives and strategies for the preservation and promotion of the performing arts.