Atluri Venkateswara Rao First Disciple Of Paigfiat Mani Iyer
This is a true story of a musician committed to principles. If it seems to border on the unreal, it is only a measure of the distance many Carnatic musicians, hankering after titles and rewards, have travelled from principled ways of conducting themselves. A rustic Andhra youth named Venkateswara Rao was fond of playing the mridanga. He had received some training but was not satisfied with the progress he was making. This was the frame of mind he was in when, in the early nineteen thirties, he attended a concert at Saraswathi Gana Sabha in Kakinada. He was bowled over by the exilarating mridanga play of Palghat Mani, then a mere 16-year old. Although he was himself two years older, the Andhra youth decided that he would become a disciple of Palghat Mani and Palghat Mani alone. But the latter left for Palghat without him. Considering the transport facilities available in those days, the distance between Gudivada, where the youngster lived, and Palghat was forbidding.
Belakawadi Srinivasa lyengar
When a father and his son both have the same first and last names, there is a potential for confusion. In the West, this is usually avoided by adding the Roman numeral II to the son's last name, or by adding the suffix of Senior to the name of the father and the suffix of Junior to that of the son. Thus John D. Rockefeller's son was known as John D. Rockefeller, Jr. This practice is not prevalent in India— in fact, usually there is no call for it. So when the musician son of musician Belakawadi Srinivasa lyengar of Mandya district of Mysore State came to acquire the exact name of his father, there were many occasions when there was confusion. So long as the father was alive, it had always to be clarified which of the two— father or son— was being referred to. The parents of the junior were not responsible for this. When the youngster was born, on 9 March 1910, as the eldest son of Mysore asthana vidwan Belakawadi Srinivasa lyengar and his spouse Lakshmamma, the intention of the parents was to give him his own identity with the name of Srinivasa Rangacharya.
V.S. Namboodiripad: Noted Music Critic
Noted music critic and scholar V.S. Namboodiripad, popularly known as VSN, passed away on 1 May at a private hospital in Perinthalmanna in Palakkad district in Kerala He was 83 and was ailing for some time. A legendary figure in the eyes of classical music enthusiasts in Kerala, VSN was a pioneer in music criticism in the land of Parasurama. He made concert reviews and music criticism an intrinsic aspect of music literature. Even though he was personally well-trained in Carnatic music and was highly talented as well, he refrained from giving public performances and preferred to serve the cause of music as a commentator. He wrotemore than 500 in-depth research articles on music and musicians, as well as on Kathakali, folklore, etc.