Special Correspondent

Chennai: For disciples and admirers of noted vidwan, Chengelpet C. Ranganathan, principal of the Teacher’s College of Music, Music Academy, it was an occasion to remember their guru’s contribution to the teaching and propagation of the Alathur style of music on Sunday at a felicitation function held in his honour.

Recalling the vidwan’s “lifelong contribution to music in multifaceted ways,” N. Murali, president of the Music Academy, said he was also a warm and generous teacher and a humble human being.

“Musician’s musician”

Vidwan Ranganathan was a “musician’s musician, teacher and craftsman who shaped his students to perfection,” Maitreyi Ramadurai, vice-president of the Music Academy, said. Mr. Ranganathan was always open to new ideas in shaping the syllabus of Teacher’s College, Malathi Rangaswamy, joint secretary, Music Academy, said.

Recalling Mr. Ranganathan’s concert at the Thyagaraja Utsavam at Cleveland, U.S., where he was conferred the Sangeetha Kala Sagaram award earlier this year, music patron Cleveland V.V. Sundaram said it was an example of how classical music had its own set of rasikas, even among the younger generation, despite the advent of modernist trends.

Eminent music personalities such as Thanjavur T.K. Murthy, T.R. Subramaniam, P.S. Narayanaswamy and M. Chandrasekaran, Dr. C.V. Krishnaswami and V. Narasimhan of Asthika Samajam were among those who offered felicitations.

In his acceptance speech, Vidwan Ranganathan said his tenure at the Music Academy had made it possible for him to win several awards.

Thanks fellow vidwans

He also thanked fellow vidwans and vidhushis for all the help rendered throughout his musical career.