Ponbhairavi (Shri V. Rajagopalan)

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#1 Ponbhairavi (Shri V. Rajagopalan)

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 13 Oct 2018, 19:20

Deeply regret that Ponbhairavi (Shri V. Rajagopalan) of Pondicherry passed away today morning.

My heartfelt condolences.
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Post by Sachi_R » 13 Oct 2018, 19:47

This is very sad news. I think Sri Ponbhairavi was active even very recently here.
May his soul rest in peace.

(fixed the spelling)
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Post by Sundara Rajan » 13 Oct 2018, 19:59

Shocked and saddened to hear the news of his passing away. Condolences to his family and friends.
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#4 Re: Ponbhairavi (Shri V. Rajagopalan)

Post by kvchellappa » 13 Oct 2018, 20:00

Sad.
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#5 Re: Ponbhairavi (Shri V. Rajagopalan)

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 13 Oct 2018, 20:15

Ponbhairavi (Prof. V Rajagopalan, JIPMER) was the Founder-Secretary of Bhairavi Music Circle, Pondicherry. As Secretary, he managed for more than 25 years with great interest and dedication.

Post #7 of this thread gives a glimpse of his admirable contribution to Carnatic Music.
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=14075&p=172331&hil ... ed#p172331
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Post by thanjavooran » 13 Oct 2018, 21:23

A very sad news. Condolences to his family members.
RIP
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Post by bilahari » 14 Oct 2018, 04:18

Condolences. A very active, enthusiastic, and encouraging member of our forum. I enjoyed his reports from Pondicherry.
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Post by rajeshnat » 14 Oct 2018, 06:07

He was a fanta fabulous contributor . May be I will recoup my thoughts and write on him a bit later. Sorry to hear the news refresh my memory PB-Jr how old is he , in one post he told I am 80 plus.

The whole pondichery must be mourning his loss for sure . My condolences to nadasudha (his daughther) and other family members whom I dont know. Also deep condolences to Bhairavi sabha patrons , the JIPMER students and faculty who all know him.

He has posted 1075 posts and he was indeed a definite Aayirathil Oruvan. Check his posts.
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Post by rshankar » 14 Oct 2018, 06:52

Sincere and heartfelt condolences to his wife, son, daughter, and their families. May god grant them the strength to get through this. I met SrI Ragagopala Iyer the day after I joined JIPMER, and have known him for too many years to count. I’ve enjoyed some amazing concerts he organized through Bhairavi. I saw another facet of this multi-faceted man through Rasikas. It was my pleasure and privilege to have known him all these years. May he rest In peace!
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Post by mahavishnu » 14 Oct 2018, 10:43

Very sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences to his family.
I had the pleasure of meeting him briefly outside the Music Academy with his daughter.
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Post by cienu » 14 Oct 2018, 14:01

Extremely sad to learn of the passing away of Sri PonBhairavi, a wonderful person and rasika
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Post by sridhar_ranga » 14 Oct 2018, 17:41

Deeply saddened to learn of Sri Ponbhairavi Rajagopalan's passing away. My heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and fellow rasikas mourning his sudden demise. I attach great value to his encouraging comments to me on a few occasions on the Tamil/ kavithaigal threads a few years back... Om Shaanti.
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Post by CRama » 14 Oct 2018, 17:56

Extremely saddened on hearing the news. He was a very learned and sensitive member of the rasikas family. We are poorer by his demise. Deepest condolences to his family members.
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Post by aaaaabbbbb » 14 Oct 2018, 18:49

We have lost an invaluable asset.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

May God grant the strength to his family to withstand the loss.
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Post by arasi » 14 Oct 2018, 19:46

Can't believe this news...
Heart felt condolences to his wife, daughter 'nadasudha' and son, rest of the family and friends.
A friend on the forum, fellow-writer and poet that I have had the good fortune of knowing for many Rasikas.org years.

Met him only once, the man in black--Sabari malai-bound, with P Bala at the MA. I had left the Rasikas meet and they were late in arriving, but we could still meet later.
To this day, he remained a friend. Always cordial, with goodwill towards all. His tremendous capacity for writing, on top of his scholarship meant a great deal to us all. His translating skills and his fine sense of humor evinced in his writings, with a twist of irony, a french influence too, were precious.
We encouraged each other in writing. His detailed letter on reading my book of poems was moving and spoke of his generous heart.
A vital part of Rasikas,org, a valuable soul. I still can't believe that he is no more...
Hoping to meet him in the other world, if such a thing exists...
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Post by Pasupathy » 15 Oct 2018, 07:01

Deeply shocked and saddened. Though I knew only recently , we had long e-mail correspondences. His books are with me. and I introduced him in my blog and he even translated a French short story at my suggestion.
I still can't believe it. A truly multi-dimensional scholar and art lover.
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Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 15 Oct 2018, 12:08

Image
Shri V. Rajagopalan
(1937-2018)
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Post by nadhasudha » 15 Oct 2018, 18:53

Thanks all for your kind words and condolences. He greatly enjoyed the virtual company of like minded folks in rasikas.org and made meaningful contributions to several topics with his wide knowledge of Tamizh, poetry, French Literature and carnatic music.

His influence on me has been immense and I have plenty of his writings to reflect upon both within rasikas.org and outside of it.

I will forever cherish the memories of the time spent with him and hold them dear to my heart.

Thanks again
nadhasudha(proud daughter of Ponbhairavi)
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Post by rajeshnat » 15 Oct 2018, 19:14

nadasudha
Can you share the year he was born and if possible where he was born and a brief biodata of his please.Mahakavi bharathiyar gave his best literature and poems when he was in Pondy. I am assuming your father got all of that being in Pondy with the same drive as bharathiyar, in atleast a significant scale in the direction of mahakavi.

PB Jr,
Can you reedit if possible under his photograph , the year born and dead (in post #17). If you donot have edit rights share it to Mods they will edit it.
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Post by arasi » 15 Oct 2018, 19:32

Nadasudha,
Touched by your post. He was as proud of you, I'm sure.
How active he was, until a week ago, bringing us Shilpi's work in Meenakshi temple along with his other posts.
Keep his works alive, by sharing them here. Hope your mother is strong enough to bear with this sudden loss...
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#21 Re: Ponbhairavi (Shri V. Rajagopalan)

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 15 Oct 2018, 19:38

rajeshnat wrote:
15 Oct 2018, 19:14
PB Jr,
Can you reedit if possible under his photograph , the year born and dead (in post #17). If you do not have edit rights share it to Mods they will edit it.
Done.
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Post by arasi » 15 Oct 2018, 19:57

Rajesh,
Pasupathy in his nostalgia thread has posted Rajagopalan's tamizh translation of Dumas's work. You can learn more about him in the book's write up about the author.
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Post by Ramasubramanian M.K » 21 Oct 2018, 09:51

Extremely saddened by the demise of one of the most knowledgeable,CIVIL Rasikas of this forum. I have enjoyed his posts although I am no Tamil Scholar.His service to Music and artists is immeasurable.

I will cherish his posts for their. erudition and grace.

Condolences to the family from a "soon-to-be" Octogenarian(Oct 22).
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Post by SrinathK » 21 Oct 2018, 11:08

A sad day for all of us. Deepest condolences on the passing away of one more veteran rasika!
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#25 Re: Ponbhairavi (Shri V. Rajagopalan)

Post by nadhasudha » 25 Oct 2018, 02:33

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nadasudha<br/>
Can you share the year he was born and if possible where he was born and a brief biodata of his please.Mahakavi bharathiyar gave his best literature and poems when he was in Pondy. I am assuming your father got all of that being in Pondy with the same drive as bharathiyar, in atleast a significant scale in the direction of mahakavi.<br/>
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PB Jr,<br/>
Can you reedit if possible under his photograph , the year born and dead (in post #17). If you donot have edit rights share it to Mods they will edit it.
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Rajeshnat - He was born in the year 1937 - April 4th 1937 to be precise. I have written a tribute for him and I am sharing it here.

Thanks Arasi ji!

How do I even begin to describe Appa? - A dynamic multifaceted personality who was the fulcrum of our family. A linguist, a poet, an author, a creative artist, a carnatic music rasika, a screenplay writer, an actor, a director, an athlete and above all a karma yogi who tread the path of dharma and so much more.

Born as the eighth child of Vengattaramayyar and Nagalakshmi and aptly named as Rajagopalan after Lord Krishna. He was affectionately called as பெரியம்பி within family circles. He was a very active child scaling temple walls in Karaikal, climbing coconut trees, rounding up all the kids in the neighborhood and regaling them with stories of magicians with flying carpets. He was very good in mathematics especially geometry but little did he know that he will make a career out of French.

He moved to Puducherry after completing his Baccalaureate degree in Karaikal and took up a job in the administration department at JIPMER . That is when he decided to do his M.Phil at Dharwad in Pune, in French and subsequently took up the post of Lecturer in French at JIPMER. I have heard through friends of mine that his lectures were very popular because the learning was made fun with a lot of humor thrown in.

Growing up our time at JIPMER campus was a golden time. Appa and his friends would get together and have late night chat sessions at our house verandah that would culminate in Appa writing and staging drama for Staff Nite at JIPMER. His forte was political satire and many a times he would have the audience in splits just being on stage. He was also an active member of Pondicherry Volleyball association and would spend a lot of time organizing inter state tournaments. Being an athletic person every Sunday morning would be spent playing badminton in the campus badminton court.

Then in 80's he found an outlet for yet another passion of his - carnatic music. He founded Bhairavi - a Carnatic music circle in Puducherry and successfully ran the sabha for 25 years with a membership model and one concert a month. He brought all major artists to Bhairavi and used to organize concerts, often with meagre membership funds. Many carnatic music legends have visited our house while staying opposite at the JIPMER guest house and have raved about Amma's freshly brewed degree coffee most notable among them being Shri. Umayalpuram Sivaraman.

Sampradaya Bhajans and Radha Kalyanams was another passion of his and he has organized numerous bhajans at our home supporting many bhagavathas.

He was a pillar of support to his parents, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and others in the extended family in tough times and has chaperoned countless relatives and friends for treatments at JIPMER. Never the one to complain about his health, he battled through a major spinal fusion surgery in 1999. His favorite lines were "Grin and Bear", " It is better to wear out than rust out" and "Simple living High Thinking" and he lived by all of it till his last breath.

His exceptional skills at geometry would come in handy later when he would make models of temple chariots, water tanks, temple gopurams out of cardboard and household materials which continue to adorn both my brother's and my house golus.

All through this, my Amma has been the person who maintained the household which gave him the freedom to engage in so many activities.

My brother inherited Appa's academic intelligence and is a successful practising Hematologist Oncologist while some of his artistic inclinations have rubbed off on me. His four grandsons have each inherited some of his talents.

He earned a lot of goodwill and friends who stayed with him through thick and thin. Never the one who cared much for material possessions I do not recollect ever seeing him wear any jewellery except for a watch which adorned his left hand.

He has published several books, written many short stories and tamizh kavidhais. His literary knowledge was very deep and spanned both French and Tamizh and he could easily discuss a Jean Paul Sartre, Subramanya Bharathi or the Silapaddikaram.

He also had a significant contribution( more than 1000 posts) on an online music forum called rasikas.org and went by the name of ponbhairavi - a mix of Pondicherry and Bhairavi - both very dear to him.

He was a stickler for tradition, yet with a modern outlook and a very principled person.

Full of Joie de Vivre he took whatever problems life threw at him head on. It is our purva janma punyam that we were co travellers on the journey of his for all these years. We are inspired to lead our lives like he has. And what an inspiration he has been!

We will continue to cherish the memories of the times we got to spend with him and will hold them very dear to our heart.

Adieu Appa!



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