Relocating from Coimbatore’s Anaikatti to Tiruveezhimizhalai was not a difficult proposition for ‘Scooter’ Doctor ( The Hindu , May 15, 1992) Subramanian, when his plan of building a small hospital in Anaikatti for treating the tribal population did not fructify.

In rain or shine, he did not leave out even the Dalit colonies during his scooter rounds.

“I met Kanchi Mahaswami when I was dejected. He advised me to go to Tiruveezhimizhalai and start my practice there. I just left Anaikatti and settled in the new environment. I began my practice all over again. I was keen that my daughter Kanaka, who is proficient in music and dance, excels in them and makes a mark. I was overwhelmed when her audio album was released by Neyveli Santhanagopalan recently at the Sankara Math,” says Dr. Subramanian.

Surprised that his card had ‘Devaram’ Doctor on it, I ask him whether he had acquired any new title in the new town.

“When I visited Hubli and Belgaum where the Paramacharya was camping in 1977, he asked me to learn Thevaram and Divyaprabhandam and recite them before Him. I took it as a challenge and went to an Odhuvar to study Thevaram.

“After completing my professional work at 10 in the night, I used to close all the windows and start reciting the Thevaram hymns in the way it is sung in temples. Then I turned to Divya Prabhandam. I had no problem studying it. I left Anaikatti 10 years later, in 1987 when Mahaswami asked me to recite them in His presence. He was satisfied and that was when he advised me to go to Tiruveezhimizhalai. I do not know why he suggested that place in Thanjavur district, but I am happily settled there!” he points out. The doctor feels that there must have been some reason why Mahaswami mentioned that place.

Guru Vandhanam is an offering of Kanchi Mahaswamigal Ashtothram in a musical form.

“It is being performed in the Kanchi Math for many years now. It is recited in the Brindavanam of Mahaswami, among other daily rituals. When father asked me to do a recording, I was thrilled and rendered it!” says Tiruveezhimizhalai S. Kanaka.

Kanaka is a disciple of Bhushani Kalyanaraman. “I have also rendered ‘Kuzhaitha Pathu’ from Tiruvachakam of Saint Manikavachakar on the same disc.”

The function held recently, in the presence of many devotees, was sponsored by City Union Bank, which had also helped the young singer to bring out the CD.

Charukesi