Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

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#76 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 05 Apr 2011, 09:51

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M. Nageswara Rao
(Mokkapati Nageswara Rao)
Born December 20, 1926, died in 1993.
Studied with Behta Rajarao, Sivanandam, Kalayanakrishna Bhagavatar and Narayana Iyengar. He was one of the first artists to popularize Carnatic music in North America, having taught its forms and techniques in the United States in the 1960s. He later moved to Paris where he established a school of classical Indian music.
http://www.discogs.com/artist/M.+Nagesw ... eswara+Rao

Kamala Thiagarajan
Born on 9.12.1922
She was a student of Sesha Iyengar, along with V.V.Satagopan.
Subsequently she became a student of Madurai Mani Iyer.
http://www.kamalaveena.com/
http://lokabhiramam.blogspot.com/2010/0 ... rajan.html
http://www.sunaadaradio.com/artists/kamala-thiagarajan/

R.N. Doreswamy
disciple of Mysore VenkaTagiriappa.
http://www.karnatik.com/co1068.shtml
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#77 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by ashasiva » 05 Apr 2011, 10:35

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#78 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by keerthi » 05 Apr 2011, 12:35

#2 in the third row, The pretty lass is Smt. Rajeshwari PadmanAbhan, the descendant of the kAraikkuDi vINa family, who was also principal of kalAkSEtra.

rajeshwari padmanabhan
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#79 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 06 Apr 2011, 10:43

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Page 6(a)
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First Row:
VEENAI:
A. Padmavathy, Chennai
VIOLIN:-
Suseela Desikan, Bangalore
V.V. Subramaniam, Chenai
G. Srimathi, Lalgudi
S. Ganesan Ayyampettai
P/B. Krishnaswamy, Chennai

Second Row:
Natarajan, Alandur
G. Krishnan, Chalakudi
Kamala, Karaikudi
R. Vaidhyanathan, Kunnakudi

S. Kalpakam, Chennai
Thyagaraja, Chittoor
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#80 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 06 Apr 2011, 11:22

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#81 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 06 Apr 2011, 11:39

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Page 6(b)
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First Row:
V. Srinivasan, Palladam
T. S. Thathachar, Mysore
Kamala Naganathan, Chennai
G. Jayaraman, Lalgudi
N. Vedavalli, Chennai
Narayanaswamy, Chalakudi

Second Row:
Balasaraswathy, Papanasam
Santhanam, Tiruvarur
Y. Rajagopalan, Chennai
N. Balam, Tiruvarur
T/D. N. Mani, Chennai
T/D. N. Ramamurthy, Chennai

Third Row:
L. Vaidhyanathan, Chennai
Komalavalli Srinivasan, Chennai
Dwaram Mangathayar, Chennai
P/B. Ramachandrayya, Chennai
T. Rukmini, B.Sc., Bangalore
S.V. Ramakrishnan
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#82 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by keerthi » 06 Apr 2011, 11:53

#1 in the second row is AlandUr NaTarAjan, the brother of Dr. S.RAmanAthan. He accopmanied Prof. RamanAthan in many of the former's performances. His son N.SigAmaNi, is a talented violinist, who plays often for dance performances.


T.S. TAtAchAr was a violinist from mysore/ Bangalore trained by SangItakalAnidhi R.Anantakrishna SharmA. His son T.T.Srinivasan too, is a violinist, [and a member of rasikas?]


T. Rukmini (B.Sc!) was at Bangalore for a long time. She gained much confidence after Mali appreciated her vAdanam, when she played with him in a Town Hall concert, and played ranjani (for the RTP) very well.


p.s. - P. Bala, thanks a lot for your postings of these excellently preserved, and equally well presented pictures. rasikas will cherish them!
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#83 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 06 Apr 2011, 12:02

keerthi:
Thanks!
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#84 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 06 Apr 2011, 12:56

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Page 6(b):

L. Vaidyanathan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Vaidyanathan

Dwaram Mangathayaru
Daughter of Dr. Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu; brother of Dwaram Venkata Satyanarayana.[/size]
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#85 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 06 Apr 2011, 13:03

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Page 7(a):
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First Row:
VIOLIN:
Alamedu Mahalingam, Lalgudi
S. Ananthalakshmi, Nagercoil
Srinivasan, Kumbakonam
MRIDANGAM:
P/B. S. Raghavan, Alapuzha
R. Natarajan, Chennai
T/D. Ramasami, Madurai

Second Row:
N. Ganesan, Kumbakonam
P. Venugopal, Alapuzha
Raghavan, Ramanathapuram
K.V. Krishnamani, Chennai
K.C. Rajappa, B.Com., Chennai
Krishnan Kutty Nair, Tiruvananthapuram
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#86 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 06 Apr 2011, 14:53

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K C Rajappa
"a leading tax practitioner is an accomplished player of the mridangam and Khanjira. He learnt mridangam from Madurai Krishna Iyengar and is also a performing artiste. Besides, he also teaches mridangam free to anyone who is interested.

During the Centenary celebrations of the Madras High Court in 1962, a unique public concert was held wherein Justice T L Venkatarama Iyer rendered a vocal performance with V P Raman on the violin, N Srivatsamani on the mridangam and K C Rajappa on the Khanjira."
http://www.carnatica.net/special/legal2.htm
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#87 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 06 Apr 2011, 15:04

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Page 7(b)
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MRIDANGAM (Contd.)
First Row:
K. Krishnamurthy, Mela Kaveri
Master R. Kannan, Srirangam
Master A. Easwaran, Chennai
V. Ramachandran, Palladam
K.V. Kanakambujam, Karaikudi
Krishnamurthy, Karaikudi

Second Row:
Krishnamani, Palakkad
Rakamrishnan, Palakkad
P/B. Duraisami, Tiruvananthapuram
P/B. Srinivasan, Chennai
M.R. Ganesan, Chennai
Ramanathan, Palakkad

Third Row:
S. Venkatesan, Chennai
S. Sankaran, Trichy
Dorai, Guruvayur

KANJIRA - V. Krishnamurthy, Palladam
GHATAM - Vinayakaraman, Chennai
FLUTE - P/B. Vaidyanathan, Chennai

The End.
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#88 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 06 Apr 2011, 16:32

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Master A. Easwaran (Mannargudi Easwaran)
http://mannargudieaswaran.com/bio.aspx

Palladam V. Ramachandran
Erode Nagaraj learnt the art of Mrudangam initially from Palladam V. Ramachandran
http://ramsabode.wordpress.com/2006/10/page/2/

Karaikudi Krishnamurthy
Recent photograph:
http://www.petelockett.com/petes%20new% ... murthy.jpg

Palghat Ramanathan Iyer
was a Professor in Kalakshetra College, Madras.

S. Sankaran, Trichy
http://www.trichysankaran.com/bio/full-bio.html

Guruvayoor Dorai
Gave his debut performance at age eight accompanying Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagavathar. Chembai was a family friend and a music teacher to Dorai’s sister, the reputed Guruvayoor Ponnammal.
Interview: http://chennaionline.com/specials/Music ... durai.aspx

Vinayakaraman (T.H. Vinayakram)
http://www.carnaticcorner.com/articles/vinayakram.html
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#89 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by ganeshkant » 07 Apr 2011, 12:32

S.Ananthalakshmi in page 7a.is my Father's Ammanji-manni (i.e)Father's maternal uncle's daughter in law.
Her husband,my Father's Ammanji is a great vocalist - Azhwarkurichi N.Subramania Bhagavathar who conducted Thyagaraja Aradhani @ Azhwarkurichi for nearly 5 decades and who died last year.He had done gurukula vAsam with Alathur Bros.I learned sarali & jandai varisai from him as a 7 yr.old.He chose to remain at his native AzhwArkurichi and led a very humble life.

Smt.S.Ananthalakshmi learned violin from her father(a very famous violinist those days;forgot his name.I will ask my mother and post here later) and performed many duets with him.I have seen a b/w photograph of the duo at their home.She had accompanied the likes of MLV in the late 40s and early 50s.
Once in a ThiruvaiyAru Thyagaraja Aradhanai it seems every one was singing kalyAni.Ariyakudi then came and told her"Look here.If any one starts singing kalyAni put your bow down".Of course in a lighter vein.

She led a very miserable life having separated from her husband in the later part of her life.My father tried his level best to join them and succeeded partially.She accompanied TNS once @ the Utsavam after joining back her husband in AzhwArkurichi which I attened as a 10 or may be 11 yr.old.Less than a year they got separated again.

A very nice lady.In a family function very long back,she beautifully explained to me the diff.between SAramathi and mArgahindOlam.
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#90 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by cmlover » 07 Apr 2011, 18:40

Thanks PB
This is becoming an extremely valuable historical document.

Thanks Keerthi for pitching in. Do tell us more about the rare finds..
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#91 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Ramasubramanian M.K » 07 Apr 2011, 20:34

I fully endorse CMLover's comment--But for this forum and especially to rasikas like PB,Keerthi et al---,these artistes who -- in their days showed lots of promise -- would never have been highlighted--the dearth of media outlets,rigid institutions and family circumstances--prominent young girls having to get married--- often to individuals who out of ignorance or insecurity failed to encourage them--all these factors not only robbed these talented artistes their share of fame and renown but robbed-- the CM music landscape of fresh invigorating talent.

Kudos to the Rasikas who are trying to preserve for posterity.
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#92 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by vasanthakokilam » 07 Apr 2011, 22:10

keerthi wrote:p.s. - P. Bala, thanks a lot for your postings of these excellently preserved, and equally well presented pictures. rasikas will cherish them!
Very much so. I have been thinking that this thread sets the gold standard for quality in our forum. Great work PB. Thanks. And thanks Keerthi and others who have chipped in to provide details about many of them. Wonderful effort.
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#93 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by cmlover » 07 Apr 2011, 23:14

I have made this topic sticky so that it does not get buried among other posts. Discussions can continue indefinitely as we get to know more and more about some of the lost gems...
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#94 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by sureshvv » 07 Apr 2011, 23:21

Pratyaksham Bala wrote:
Second Row:

S. Balam, Tiruvarur
That would be N. Balam, Flute Ramani's sister IIRC.
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#95 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 08 Apr 2011, 02:39

Thanks!
I have made the correction in Post #81.
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#96 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by arasi » 16 May 2011, 02:13

Just having a look at this thread after some time.
Ramnad Raghavan (mrudangam) is there. T.N.Krishnan's brother Mani is another. Kanakambujam, the mrudangam player?
Padmavathy--the other sister of Lalgudi?
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#97 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Sam Swaminathan » 03 Jun 2011, 02:30

Post #85....the picture of KV Krishnamani should read K U Krishnamani, He was the Guru of Sri Mannargudi Easwaran. He Hailed from Bangalore and not Chennai.
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#98 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by rbharath » 02 Dec 2012, 20:22

Just some people whom i think have not been mentioned in this thread. hope to not repeat.
and some of the guesses may be wrong too.

Maharajapuram Nagarajan
A cousin of Maharajapuram Santanam. He lives in Thanjavur/Trichy and is renowed guru in that region. Had once tried to get him perform at Music Club IIT Madras, however it did not materialize then, as he was not available on the dates that we wanted.

NC Soundaravalli
She lived in Triplicane and performed rather regularly in chennai. She passed away last month.

A Srinivasaraghavan
He still lives in chennai. One of his daughters, Smt Padmini Venkateshan is known to me. Prof SP Venkateshan is a faculty in IIT Madras and Smt Padmini organises Thyagaraja Utsavam in IIT Madras campus. I have heard Sri Srinivasaraghavan sing on these occasions.


Thanjavur L Venkatesa Iyengar
He still lived in Thanjavur till a few years ago. He passed away some years ago while in his 90s. Thirukarugavur Sri Srinivasaraghavan who happens to be his sammandhi had told about him when he had come to IIT Madras for a concert.


Chittoor Thyagarajan
A violinist who regularly performed. His daughter T Hemamalini is a graded artist at AIR and regularly accompanies concerts in the city.


Thiruvarur N Balam
She lives in chennai and regularly accompanies artists in the city. Her son N Saikrishnan is a percussion artist.
Just a wild question. Is Mrudangist Smt N S Rajam her sister? Is she related to Sri N Ramani? (as sureshvv already says)


Melakaveri krishnamurthy
Father of Melaveri Thyagarajan and Melakaveri Balaji? (just a wild guess!)
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#99 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 16 Dec 2012, 20:40

rbharath wrote:Melakaveri krishnamurthy -- Father of Melaveri Thyagarajan and Melakaveri Balaji? (just a wild guess!)
Yes! You guessed right!
Check this:-
http://www.chennailivenews.com/Music/Cl ... l-day.aspx
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#100 Re: Photographs of Young Artists of 1950's

Post by harimau » 19 May 2013, 10:32

rbharath wrote:
Thiruvarur N Balam
She lives in chennai and regularly accompanies artists in the city. Her son N Saikrishnan is a percussion artist.
Just a wild question. Is Mrudangist Smt N S Rajam her sister? Is she related to Sri N Ramani? (as sureshvv already says)
Mridangist N S Rajam is Flute N Ramani's sister.

Tiruvarur N Balam is not their sister but cousin; or, cousin-sister, in Indian parlance! :lol:
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