MANGALAM MANI 

Subtitle

Musical Journey

With the birth of her children, her professional career as a musician also blossomed. Even in those times, she managed to balance both the areas very well , though nothing would have been possible without the unconditional support of her ever smiling, selfless husband - C V S Mani. He was a very broad minded man and willingly helped her with all her household work.

She used to feature in all of the kutcheri series in Calcutta those days. There was hardly any music festival without her concert. She used regularly perform programmes organised by  sabhas in Sindri, Jamshedpur, Ranchi and many other cities in that belt. 

 

Concert in Kolkata during 1950s . Sri Doraiswamy Bhagavathar, her Guru on her left, Sri Ramakrishnan on the harmonium.

Great musicians, philosophers , religious leaders who used to visit Calcutta those days would be invited for pooja/lunch at home. He used to make sure that she learnt a lot of songs from great musicians. This built up her reperoire and made her a matured musician.

She had the good fortune of learning a number of Oothukadu Sri Venkata Subbayyar's compositions from Needamangalam Sri Krishnamurthy Bhagavathar. The sahityams and the appealing rhythmic patterns in his compositions attracted her and she included these songs in her concert lists. Much later, she even gave a full length concert on Oothukadu songs in Music Academy, Chennai. She also learned the Kamashi Navabharanams from Sri Krishnamurthy Bhagavathar.She was a very enthusiastic learner. Age was no barrier for her. Even much later, whenever she got a chance, she never let go the opportunity of learning more songs from his disciple Smt V Alamelu. 

Concert in Kolkata accompanied by daughter Shyamala - Vocal Support, Sri Panchapakesha Bhagavathar (professor at the Vishwa Bharati University, Kolkata)- Violin, Sri Pandarinadhan (who was also a revered dance Guru in Kolkata)

 

She was regulary invited to render the prayer song in many functions in Kolkata.

 

 

 

 

 

 

              ............................to be continued