Re­mem­ber­ing a leg­end

Cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion of com­poser Am­bu­jam Krishna held

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Staff Re­porter

The cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion of com­poser Am­bu­jam Krishna was held at the Mu­sic Academy on Thurs­day evening. Sev­eral mu­si­cians and artistes from the city par­tic­i­pated in the event.

Speak­ing at the event, Radha Parthasarathy, daugh­ter of the late com­poser, rem­i­nisced about her mother.

“She was very sim­ple, af­fec­tion­ate and a true rasika of mu­sic and the fine arts. She had the in­nate ca­pac­ity to ap­pre­ci­ate and ap­plaud peo­ple’s tal­ents, how­ever big or small,” she said.

Ms. Radha fe­lic­i­tated car­natic vo­cal­ists Charu­mathi Ra­machan­dran and Sangeetha Kalanidhi R. Ve­davalli, who also par­tic­i­pated in the event.

“I have no words to ex­press my hap­pi­ness to­day, be­cause she and I used to be very close. Those were the golden days of my life,” said Ms. Ve­davalli, while speak­ing about Am­bu­jam Krishna.

En­dur­ing legacy

N. Mu­rali, pres­i­dent, Mu­sic Academy, presided over the func­tion and ap­plauded the fam­ily of Am­bu­jam Krishna for car­ry­ing on her legacy by hold­ing spe­cial con­certs of her com­po­si­tions.

Mr. Mu­rali called her one of the prom­i­nent com­posers of the mod­ern era and added that her com­po­si­tions were all spon­ta­neous and not con­trived or de­lib­er­ated. “The defin­ing mo­ment in Am­bu­jam Krishna’s life came in the early 50’s when she vis­ited the samadhi of the saint com­poser Thya­garaja and she was emotionally charged. Her first song came out as an emo­tional out­pour on God­dess Ma­ha­lak­shmi and the rest is his­tory. It is my plea­sure to be a part of this cel­e­bra­tion,” he said.

The event was fol­lowed by a car­natic vo­cal con­cert by Aruna Sairam.

K.V. SRINI­VASAN

De­light­ful ren­di­tion: Aruna Sairam per­forms at a con­cert at the Mu­sic Academy on Thurs­day.

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