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Echoes of his beats

Sarvalaghu Percussion Center, USA, combined its silver jubilee celebrations with the event ‘Nostalgia’ at Tattvaloka Auditorium to pay tribute to ace mridangist, the late Vellore G. Ramabhadran.

Reliving the glorious days was the theme of the evening. The mridangist’s family and disciple Ramesh Srinivasan had organised the programme. They honoured another legend, Prof. T.N. krishnan, and invited speakers to share anecdotes about Vellore Ramabhadran.

Ramabhadran shared a great rapport with the vocalists he accompanied. A simple man, who unlike the bright green or red cover of his mridangam, was always clad in white khadi shirt and dhoti.

Echoes of his beats
The Vellore G.Ramabhadran Award was conferred upon T.N .Krishnan. Also present were T.V.Gopalakrishnan and M. Chandrasekaran.

Krishnan was not just a performer par excellence but also a teacher, Said T.V.Gopalakrishnan. Recalling Krishnan and Ramabhadran’s musical association, he added that they had shared the stage on several occasions.

Veteran violinist M. Chandrasekaran remembered the 1952 concert when he teamed with Ramabhadran for Veena S. Balachander’s concert.

Accepting the award, Krishnan thanked everyone. He called Vellore Ramabhadran an embodiment of laya. “Rarely do we come across artistes like him,” said the maestro.

Ramesh Srinivasan, who runs a percussion school in the U.S., follows his guru’s style and approach.

The evening ended with a violin concert by T.N. Krishnan and Viji Krishnan Natarajan.

Echoes of his beats

They played ‘Makelara,’ (Ravichandrika), followed by a melodious Mayamalavagowla alapana, a precursor to Swati Tirunal’s ‘Deva Deva.’ Niraval swaram was added to this kriti.

Towards the end, came the lilting ‘Jagadodharana’ (Kapi). Ably accompanying them were Ramesh Srinivasan (mridangam) and Tripunithura Radhakrishnan (ghatam).

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