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VCD on Mani Krishnaswamy concerts released

A COLLECTOR'S ITEM: M.S. Perumaal, (extreme left), Director of Doordarshan, Chennai, releasing the VCD 2004 Archives of Mani Krishnaswamy at a function in Chennai on Tuesday. Leela Samson, Director of Kalakshetra, received the first copy. Others in the picture (from left) are R. Ramachandran of Hamsadhwani, S. Mohan, retired judge, Supreme Court, and M. Krishnaswamy.

A COLLECTOR'S ITEM: M.S. Perumaal, (extreme left), Director of Doordarshan, Chennai, releasing the VCD 2004 Archives of Mani Krishnaswamy at a function in Chennai on Tuesday. Leela Samson, Director of Kalakshetra, received the first copy. Others in the picture (from left) are R. Ramachandran of Hamsadhwani, S. Mohan, retired judge, Supreme Court, and M. Krishnaswamy.  

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A video compact disc (VCD) containing a collection of musician Mani Krishnaswamy's concerts was released at her third anniversary memorial function here on Tuesday.

At the function, organised by her friends, rasikas and disciples, speakers described her as one of the legendary figures of Carnatic music who never swayed from tradition.

S. Mohan, retired judge of the Supreme Court, said the sweet melodies of the late Mani Krishnaswamy were still ringing in every sabha in the city. When she sang, divinity dawned, he said. She believed that she was doing a service to Carnatic music and one would rarely come across such a musical genius now, he said.

Mr. Mohan said Mani Krishnaswamy was the first student of the late Rukmani Devi. She was a pillar of strength to Rukmani Devi helping to draft the private member bill on animal welfare, which was later adopted by Parliament.

Leela Samson, Director, Kalakshetra Foundation, who received the first copy of the VCD, recalled her association with Mani Krishnaswamy in Kalakshetra.

R. Rajamani, a former bureaucrat, said Mani Krishnaswamy was known for "sruthi and laya" purity.

R. Ramachandran of Hamsadhwani said Mani Krishnaswamy was a stalwart of Carnatic music along with M.S. Subbulakshmi, D.K. Pattammal and M.L. Vasanthakumari.

The Director of Doordarshan Kendra, M.S. Perumaal released the VCD.

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