Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan

87th Birth Anniversary

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April 8th marks the 87th birth anniversary of the great musician-musicologist-scholar-composer, the legendary Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan. What better way to remember him than to hear his soulful music, that gives us glimpses into his simplicity, erudition and sound interpretation of the classics of the masters:

Manasa Guruguha - Anandabhairavi - Muttuswami Dikshitar

Kanugonu Sowkhyamu - Nayaki - Tyagaraja

Devi Brova - Chintamani - Shyama Shastri

Varalenduko - Gurjari - Tyagaraja

Shri Vishwanatham - Chaturdasha Ragamalika - Muttuswami Dikshitar

A brief biography of Dr. Ramanathan

  • Birth: April 8th, 1917 at Tirukoilur (Velavanur)

  • Parents: Subramania Shastri & Pattammal

  • Initial tutelage: At age 7 from Tirukoilur Ramudu Bhagavatar & Manalurpettai Subramania Dikshitar

  • Gurus: Tanjavur Ponniah Pillai, Tiruvaiyaru Sabhesa Iyer, Sattur Krishna Iyengar, Madurai Subramania Iyer, Tiger Varadachariar

  • Advanced Learning: Valadi Krishna Iyer, Devakottai Narayana Iyengar

  • Education: Sangita Bhooshanam from Annamalai University; Ph. D. (Ethnomusicology) from Wesleyan University, CT, USA for his dissertation on Silappadikaram.

  • Noted scholar, researcher and teacher. Author of several papers, treatises and monographs. Associated with B. Rajam Iyer in the Tamil production of Sangita Sampradaya Pradarshini. Dean, Visiting Professor, Principal and Research Director in various institutions

  • Proficient vainika

  • Concerts and music marked by bhava, deep understanding of sahitya. Emphasis on classicism and chastity of original music and lyrics. 

  • Titles: Sangita Kalanidhi (1985), Isai Perarignar (1981), Sangita Kala Sagara, Swati Tilakam and so on.

  • Sishya Parampara: S. Sowmya, P. Unnikrishnan, Savitri Satyamurthy, Geetha Ramanathan Bennett, etc.

  • Passed away on March 19th, 1988 at Chennai


April 8th, 2004

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