More about Mani

With reference to the article, ``He charmed young and old alike (October 25)," on Madurai Mani, I wish to add the following: Vidwan Madurai Mani was responsible for the popularisation of lesser known Thyagaraja kritis set in rare ragas — ``Natha Thanumanisam" (Chitharanjani), ``Thelisi Rama" (Poorna Chandrika), ``Oraju" (Kannada Gowla) and ``Sarasa Sama'' (Kapi Narayana).A speciality of Madurai Mani's rendition of sahityas was the Bhava. Mani's rasikas were never disappointed as he did full justice to the assignment whether it was Sabha or public concert. Mani was also an ardent fan of cricket and keenly followed the running commentary of the matches on radio.

N. Srinivasan

The Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai.

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