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“My family was supplying and repairing instruments for top music directors of the time. Not just Chennai, we also worked for musicians in Mumbai. Deciding to go a step further, we moved the workshop from our home to a shop in Mylapore in 1960 and named it Chandru Musicals.
Later, we opened another branch in T. Nagar,” says Rangaswamy, who named the shop after his son.
Chandrasekar, like his father and grandfather, has inherited the art. However, to understand music better he joined the Tamil Nadu Government Music College.
“Musical instruments were my only toys as a kid. I never thought of doing anything else. As the business expanded, we started supplying to different sabhas during the music festival. We also supply to the Music College,” says Chandru, who is himself a violinist.
However, the growing popularity of electrical instruments has made their business less lucrative.
“It is very difficult to find skilled workers these days. For now, we are managing within the family. My father, brother and son are handling all the work. For the past five years, we have been making instruments only after receiving orders. We hope that youngsters will understand the importance and simplicity of these classical instruments before getting lured by the electronic ones,” he adds.
Chandru Musicals is at Old No: 49/ New No: 62, Burkit Road, (Opp UCO BANK), T. Nagar.