Thanks for the kind words. Seeing the love and affection you shower on my beloved father, it is the least I can do to tell those details that I know to be true. As I told to Sri Coolkarni, what i am offering is the service the little Anil did for the construction of the Sethu across the Indian Ocean for Lord Rama. The service people like Sri Coolkarni, Ramakrishanan, Krishna Prasad etc do for spreading the treasure they have for all alike spending a lot of their time and energy is something the newer generation must owe a lot. I would welcome anyone of you who can come to Bangalore to visit us.
It is fact that with some collectors, even the family had to pay to get some of his music.. it is sad but true.
I am still amazed at my father, who in his small life span of 55 years has done so much, not only performing so many concerts, but teaching so many sishyas and also composing so many songs in well sung and rare ragas and also to add to the reportoire of the raga bank.. I heard Sri Palghat Raghu mention that from 1936-1955 period when he was one of the percussion accompanyists for his concerts, he has played close to 2000 concerts .
The other thing about The Man- very simple with very very humane values, respect for elders, devotion to his manasika gurus, his mother, and all those near to him, who still cherish the time spent with him , at the same time the best dressed and the most presentable of the musicians of his time.
During the release of his third book of compositions, Mr Cleveland Sundaram mentioned two incidents.
Once in the thirties, my father as an ex student was asked to perform at MCC- Chennai, where the Englishman whose name I forget, was the principal , heard his concert for the whole three hours and after which they started discussion on Milton and Keats as he was also incharge of the dept of English.
He also mentioned another incident, wherein, a russian delegation had come to meet him and wanted a symphony sort of music piece was required , Sri Sundaram took them to my father who was then the Chief Producer of Carnatic Music, composed the same in a very very short time, in a matter of minutes which amazed the group.
I will try to upload this speech also if you are interested.
With warm regards,