Special Correspondent

MYSORE: The recent passing away of V. Ramaratnam (92), who was a musician, composer and teacher, has left a void in the field of music, according to critics and connoisseurs of music in Mysore city.

Ramaratnam was born in Chittor, Andhra Pradesh, in 1917, to Subbaramaiah and Parvatamma, a music-loving couple.

His father encouraged him to become a disciple of Gana Kala Sindhu Subbaramaiah in Bangalore.

After initiation in music, he came to Mysore to pursue higher studies in music under the renowned maestro T. Chowdiah who was then the principal of Ayyanar Music College of Bidaram Krishnappa.

He was then made a teacher and vice-principal of the institution.

Ramaratnam further pursued his studies under Mysore K. Vasudevacharya, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Musiri Subramanya Iyer, Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer and other stalwarts.

Ramaratnam, who passed away on Saturday, is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.