"Schools should revive the moral lesson session in their curricular activities."
The intent interest among the masses, particularly the middle-aged groups, to listen to religious discourses has been on the increase. The audience have been expecting a quality discourse, with a mix of moral values, literary content and also intermittent humour. Sensing the pulse of the audience, Tiruchi K. Kalyanaraman, who has carved a niche for himself in the field of discourse deliveryin an interview with M. Balaganessin, narrates the experience he had gained in the past more than two-and-a-half decades.
Even as a student of the Srirangam Boys High School, he influenced his classmates with his knowledge in the great epics `Mahabharatham' and the `Raamayanam'. His father, T.V. Kailasam, who had been involved in temple renovation works, used to take him to several discourses. His mother, Ananthalakshmi, was good at music. "These are the two essential components of a quality discourse. Often a good musician is an ardent devotee," he explains signifying the importance of music for right rhythm and pitch of verses, which enlighten the audience with a greater impact. Although he graduated from the National College in Tiruchi, he was more inclined to take up guest lectures. Finding that it could have only less impact on the audience, he evolved his own style of taking right clues from eminent discourse exponents. Later on, he shifted from "most serious" sessions to what he has been adopting today - a lively and informative, heartening and spiritual, secular and interesting lectures.
To evolve the new style, he adopted a special technique. "To explain a simple theory or moral value, there are hundreds of hymns or verses sung by seers, saints and eminent authors," he says.
Mr. Kalyanaraman feels schools should revive the moral lesson session in their curricular activities.