Braving heavy rains, fans of Brahmasri T.S. Balakrishna Sastrigal gathered at Rani Seethai Hall on Sunday to fondly remember the Harikatha legend. Dvijavanthi Khanthan rendered the prayer sloka. T S B K Moulee and S B Khanthan, sons of Balakrishna Sastrigal welcomed the gathering.
Ramesh Vinayakam, music director, said TSB's music in Thiagaraja Ramayanam left indelible memories. Despite possessing all the virtues of a carnatic concert singer, ‘TSB’ never opted for frills. On the contrary his renderings recreated the mood in which the composer, in all probability, produced the work. Rather than come up with tunes and supplant lyrics on them or vice versa, such compositions occurred spontaneously, including the raaga, the words and the rhythm. TSB's music was thus original.
Two audio compact discs produced by Swathi Soft Solutions - TSB Live in USA on Bhaktha Nandanar and Bhaktha Prahlad – were launched on the occasion. Srivatsa Jayarama Sharma, discourse exponent, released the CDs and the first copy was received by Mr Swaminathan, grand son of U.Ve. Swaminatha Iyer. Mr Swaminathan recalled that the literary giant worked hard to popularise Tamizh literary epics.
Jayarama Sharma presented Raasa Kreeta in Narayaneeyam for the gathering. He travelled down memory lane and said TSB's Nandanar attracted huge crowds in Bombay in the 1960s, stalling the traffic on the roads. ‘Crazy’ Mohan, veteran dramatist and humourist, presented a surprise gift to Jayarama Sharma, a Tamizh Venba on him inscribed on a painting done on computer.