This year marks the 90th anniversary of Papanasam Sivan's first visit to Madras. Ten years later he was to become a permanent resident.

The month of Margazhi would see him lead the bhajanai around the Kapaleeswarar Temple in the wee hours of the morning. The tradition is being upheld by his daughter Rukmini Ramani and grandson Ashok Ramani.

Compiled by Sriram V.