The (Old) Boys of Tiruveezhimizhalai

The triumverate of this OriginatBoys' Company— Subramanian. Natarajasundaram and Kalyanasundaram — are the sons of Swaminatha Pillai, a well-known teacher of nagaswaram. The nagaswaram brotherhood is not necessarily one of blood kinship, but in this particular instance blood is thicker than.water. Subramania Pillai. born in 1893. started his novitiate as a flautist and his younger brother Natarajasundaram Pillai had his early'training as a vocalist, but they could not easily wriggle out of the nagaswaram tradition. Father Swaminatha Pillai and maternal uncle Nagore Subbiah Pillai were steeped in the tradition that permeated every village in the Tanjavur district. Subramania Pillai's father-in-law was the celebrated maestro Semponnarkoil Ramaswami Pillai. It would be next to impossible to analyse this geneological tree which has its root or branch in every one of the Tanjavur villages.