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`Moulana was not averse to experimenting with music’

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K.V. Rangaswami, centre, advisor to chairman of L&T Ltd., N.S. Sekar, vice president, Success Factors, Bangalore, with award winners M. Ganesa Pillai and S. Sankaran in Tiruchi on Friday. S. Kasim, managing trustee of CMT, is at left.— PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM
K.V. Rangaswami, centre, advisor to chairman of L&T Ltd., N.S. Sekar, vice president, Success Factors, Bangalore, with award winners M. Ganesa Pillai and S. Sankaran in Tiruchi on Friday. S. Kasim, managing trustee of CMT, is at left.— PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

Music lovers and patrons reminisced the legacy of nadhaswaram virtuoso Sheikh Chinna Moulana as vignettes from his life played out in a video presentation and speakers dwelt on his eminence at the memorial anniversary on Friday.

In keeping with tradition, Shradhdhanjali, the annual tribute by the Chinnamoulana Memorial Trust, honoured senior indigent artistes and recognised promising musicians. Senior nadhaswaram vidhwan, M. Ganesa Pillai (86) from Idaiyur, Thiruvaur district and senior thavil artiste and guru S.Sankaran (75) from Achalpuram, Nagapattinam, were honoured with a citation and cash award.

Continuing its practice of sponsoring musical instruments for deserving students, the trust presented S. Isakkimuthu of District Government Music School, Tuticorin and J.Dhinakar Raja of District Government Music School, Ramanathapuram, with nadhaswarams.

Sheik Chinna Moulana is an inspiration for present day nadhahaswaram students, said chief guest N.S. Sekar, vice president, Success Factors, Bangalore, who traced the milestones of Moulana’s life with a lively power-point presentation. Moulana was not averse to taking risks when he moved from Andhra Pradesh to Thanjavur or in making the transition from the Chilakauripeta School to the Thanjavur school, after he adopted Rajarathinam Pillai as his ‘manaasika guru’, recalled Mr. Sekar. With various facilities at their disposal today, aspiring artistes should be inclined to risk investing hours of practice and perseverance.

K.V.Rangaswami, advisor to chairman, Larsen and Toubro Ltd, dwelt on Moulana’s interest in Hindustani music, his friendship with Bismillah Khan and his significant role in national integration. He applauded the trust for its sustained efforts in acknowledging indigent nadhawaram artistes.

The Trust plans to recognize deserving thavil students in the subsequent years, according to S,Kasim and Babu, managing trustees. Earlier the great-grandaughters of Moulana, Akeela and Aneesha commenced the event with an invocation. Dalmia N. Gopalaswamy, vice-president, Rasika Ranjana Sabha, also spoke.

A vocal concert by Ranjani and Gayatri ended the event on a tuneful note. A Nadhaswaram concert by Seshambatti T.Sivalingam and K.Selvam on Saturday concluded the 14th year anniversary.

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