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Smt Kalpakam Swaminathan 1922-2011

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Smt Kalpakam Swaminathan 1922-2011

Post by vainika » 06 Apr 2011, 11:02

I regret to inform that my beloved guru Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan passed away this morning, April 6, 2011.

Kalpakam teacher had been bed-ridden for the past three months following a fractured hip in December, and was slowly regaining mobility with physiotherapy.

L Ramakrishnan

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Post by vgovindan » 06 Apr 2011, 11:12

She is survived by her music.

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Post by shankarabharanam » 06 Apr 2011, 11:16

A great loss to the music fraternity.. I vividly remember my conversation with her when I was working on a paper during my post graduation days in Chennai.. Wonderful person and superb vainika.. May her soul rest in peace.. Condolences to her family and her students

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Post by cienu » 06 Apr 2011, 11:25

A great loss to the music world. A wonderful & simple person with child like innocence.

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Post by srikant1987 » 06 Apr 2011, 11:28

I was simply not prepared for this, in spite of having heard of her injury ...

I hope her students and other listeners find courage from the knowledge and music they have inherited from her.

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Post by venkatakailasam » 06 Apr 2011, 11:58

She will live for ever through her music1

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Post by PUNARVASU » 06 Apr 2011, 13:23

Shocking! My one ambition was to attend a concert of hers. Very sad!

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Post by CRama » 06 Apr 2011, 13:50

Very sad. A GREAT musician. I came to know about her only in the recent past. I was fortunate that I heard 3 concerts of her. One concert of Abhayamba Navavarana Kritis held in Krishna Gana Sabha is unforgettable. She had left a wealth of students who have fortunately imbibed her quality and style and commitment. She will still live with us through her music. Recording Companies may try to bring out her concerts commercially so that we all will be benefitted. My respects to the departed soul.

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Post by uday_shankar » 06 Apr 2011, 14:10

This is a very sad moment. Deepest condolences to the family, friends and well-wishers of Kalpagam maami.

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Post by Ramnath Iyer » 06 Apr 2011, 14:45

Dear Ramki,
Very sorry to hear about this. A great void that can never be filled. My heartfelt condolences to her family and to all her beloved disciples.
I fondly recall meeting her in her house a few years ago when she treated us with her playing of meenakshi memudam and ragas like chaturangini, sahana and Samantam. She also narrated her formative years including her learning under Kallidaikurichi Ananthakrishna Iyer and her days in Kalakshetra as a veena teacher and so many other anecdotes like appearing in music competitions. A very humble person who was always willing to share her knowledge. All my recordings of her veena music now become even more precious.

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Post by jagan » 06 Apr 2011, 15:13

Saraswathi has left for her Abode.

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Post by pattamaa » 06 Apr 2011, 16:48

I am shocked to hear this sad news. Fortunate enough to attend few of her performances. She was guru to Vid. SRJ also. may her soul rest in peace.

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Post by Sreeni Rajarao » 06 Apr 2011, 16:55

Very sorry to hear about the demise of Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan.
Her music was gentle and serene.

Sreeni Rajarao

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Post by suma » 06 Apr 2011, 17:38

May her soul rest in peace. I still remember her performance in cleveland a few years back. It had a rich tonal purity on the Veenai. She will be missed by all.

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Post by mahavishnu » 06 Apr 2011, 18:11

Sincere condolences. This is a great loss.

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Post by rshankar » 06 Apr 2011, 18:20

My heartfelt condolences to her family, and SiSyas! May her sould rest in peace!

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Post by Nick H » 06 Apr 2011, 18:34

Vainika, condolences and sympathy. There are no adequate words. Your loss must be immeasurable.

Only a few months ago, her stamina on stage seemed limitless.

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Post by arasi » 06 Apr 2011, 18:47

Ramki,
To you and to a number of students she has left behind--and to her family and rasikAs who were close to her--hope her musical treasure which she partook with you continues to live on. As Sreeni says, her playing was gentle and serene and will remain in our minds and ears as such.

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Post by rajeshnat » 06 Apr 2011, 18:48

So sad to hear ,her music will live for ever. Condolences to her family and sishya parampara

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Post by bilahari » 06 Apr 2011, 19:47

This is devastating news. There are two people I have wanted to listen to live these last two-three years: Trivandrum Venkataraman and Kalpagam Swaminathan. Alas, in both instances, it was not meant to be... I really don't know what to say. Of course condolences to her family, friends, and sishyas are in order. We rasikas are truly, immeasurably poorer for her passing.

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Post by gardabha_gana » 06 Apr 2011, 19:59

Very saddened to hear the news. I tried to see if she was performing last december - alas I am not amongst the fortunate ones. Her music will live on...

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Post by Ashwin » 06 Apr 2011, 20:16

I am just heartbroken over this sad news. My sincerest condolences to her family and students, particularly Ramki. We all share in your grief - this is indeed a sad day in music.

I had the privilege of meeting Mami for the first time in 2005, and took these photos while she played:

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http://individual.utoronto.ca/iyer/P5290046.JPG

Ashwin

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Post by rajeeram » 06 Apr 2011, 20:58

Very saddened by this news. My heartfelt condolences to her family and disciples.

Kalpakam Mami's passing leaves an unfillable void in the already dwindling group of accomplished Veena Vidwans/Vidushis who were exemplary teachers too.

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Post by veenajj » 06 Apr 2011, 21:41

The veena tapasvini is no more with us. It will not be possible to get over this loss.

Jeyaraaj and Jaysri

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Post by srinivasrgvn » 06 Apr 2011, 21:54

Nothing can compensate this loss. A vidhushi like Smt.Kalpakam Swaminathan will never be born again. Her melodious music is still audible to my ears. I had the good fortune of playing the khamAs swarajathi 'sAmbasivA' on veena for her, about ten years ago. I still remember it. I also had the fortune of attending quite a few concerts of hers. Last heard her at Raga Sudha for Bharathiya Sangeetha Vaibhavam. I even attended her 'Samvada' session. Her humility was something that no artist can ever have. She was such a mountain of knowledge, but did not even have the slighest of pride. We will all surely miss her!!

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