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A versatile centenarian

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N.Jagannathan. Photo: T. Madhavan
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N.Jagannathan. Photo: T. Madhavan

Age is no bar for N. Jagannathan, who is still actively involved in music, writing and social work.

He has always been a man of many trades. At 100, N. Jagannathan, a resident of Golden Colony, Mogappair, is still bursting with energy. A musician, social activist, poet, writer, orator, he does justice to all of his passions.

Starting his day by reading a set of newspapers, Jagannathan goes on to write a few pages of his thoughts, some as letters to editor of a newspaper or magazine, others as complaint letters to civic authorities. His day is incomplete without reading music reviews and writing on them.

Born on August 13, 1913, in Ariyalur, Mr. Jagannathan, an alumni of Loyola College, would like to continue his passion: that of contributing to social activism and music. He is a research-oriented violinist, who has given many concerts with senior musicians. He has recited English poetry in Carnatic music. During his conversation with Downtown, he spoke in depth about the music compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshithar and the teachings of musicologist Venkatamakhin. He lauded the role played by The Music Academy and Sangeet Natak Academi in taking music to great heights.

Calling music a powerful medicine for curing all the problems of the world, he says it has made him forget his age. Ten years ago, he designed a simple and cheap violin for students.

With a target of writing a poem a day led to him to compose several songs in Tamil and English, which were released as a book ‘Musings of Poet’ in 1996. He is a member of Chennai Poets Circle, a literary association.

Mr. Jagannathan is socially-conscious person. Couple of years ago, he had written to the traffic police about the necessity of a traffic signal near Golden Colony intersection on Thirumangalam Road, which had a positive outcome. He was honoured by the residents’ welfare association during the inauguration of the traffic signal. His neighbour, T.V. Rajamohan says that Mr. Jagannathan volunteers to take up civic problems of the residents and tries to find a solution with the officials concerned.

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Great ! I am happy to know this veteran. Last year I was surprised to see him in the Nungambakkam cultural Academy to where he attended a vocal recital. He was walking briskly though using a walking stick. He surprised me by asking me to drop him at the nearest bus stand, where he agilely alighted the bus to take him to his residence at Mugapper.

from:  seetharaman
Posted on: Sep 9, 2013 at 03:42 IST

My pranams to this noble person, and I pray for his long life and good health. Thanks to The Hindu in making us all know such a great human being amongst us.

from:  D. Chandramouli
Posted on: Sep 7, 2013 at 17:09 IST
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