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Updated: February 5, 2010 17:31 IST

Joyful Tyagaraja

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Illustration by Rajam for Vidya Shankar's book titled, 'Saint Tyagaraja's Divya-nama Keertanas'.
Illustration by Rajam for Vidya Shankar's book titled, 'Saint Tyagaraja's Divya-nama Keertanas'.

Vainika Vidya Shankar writes:

“S. Rajam was a genius in the arts of painting and music. I consider it an honour that he sent to me a picture of Sri Tyagaraja for the frontispiece of the publication of my latest book, on the saint’s Divyanama kirtanas. The picture depicts Sri Tyagaraj as a zestful bhakta singing joyfully his compositions.It was unfortunate that Rajam was unable to attend the book launch function held at the Sanskrit College on December 28, 2009, which was my 90{+t}{+h} birthday. He sent the picture to me within three days after my request.

“I quote from his reply to my letter of thanks:

‘Days move fast; years move faster. Your description of Unchavriti of Tyagaraja made me bring a beautiful painting and something urged me for your using this as frontispiece which rasikas may also relish.’

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