Remembering inimitable gurus and vocalists B. V. Raman and B. V. Lakshmanan on their delivery centenary
Each pupil who skilled beneath the dual brothers, B.V. Raman and B.V. Lakshmanan, can not neglect their mild voices and ever-smiling faces together with the encouraging phrases, “With follow you may sing” (paada paada varum), that boosted the boldness of younger learners.
Our beloved gurus had many disciples and their educating technique was very distinctive.
We nonetheless keep in mind the day after we first attended Raman Sir’s class. We had been in our teenagers and had been straightaway taught the pallavis of 1 varnam and three different kritis. Sir then mentioned, “That is all for the day”.
Since this sort of method to educating music was exceptional, we had been anxious and tense. Trying on the expressions on our faces, he understood what was going by means of our minds. He assured us that we are going to quickly get accustomed to this technique. He took away our notebooks saying that he would write the lyrics himself (each the brothers had lovely handwriting) and provides it to us within the subsequent class.
Whereas leaving the category, we tried to remember the songs he had taught, a minimum of a couple of traces. We felt nervous with out the pocket book in our palms and questioned how we might practise at house.
The following class, sir had written down the songs sans notation, however didn’t give the pocket book to us to try the lyrics.
Together with his encouragement and assist, we learnt for 15 years with none notes, notations and recordings. Even right now, each disciple of the brothers will be capable to recall no matter they had been taught with out referring to any pocket book.
In 1938, the brothers on the age of 17, started their formal music coaching beneath S. Srinivasa Rao. In addition they learnt from Veena Krishnamachariar and Kulitalai Krishnaswami Rao. Their classes in Kathakali padas had been beneath Venkatakrishna Bhagavatar, the elder brother of Palghat Rama Bhagavatar.
It so occurred that after Tiger Varadachari had an opportunity to take heed to the brothers sing, and prompt that they be part of the Sangeeta Bhooshanam course within the Music School at Annamalai College in Chidambaram, of which he was the principal. With assist from Tiger Varadachari, who allowed the brothers to stick with him other than providing them scholarship, the brothers accomplished the course in 1943. It was additionally the identical 12 months when Varadachari relinquished his put up to affix Kalakshetra in Chennai.
Whereas in school, the brothers had the privilege to study from Tiger Varadachari. They got here to Chennai after finishing their Sangeeta Bhooshanam course to work with Varadachari at Kalakshetra.
From 1943 to 1945, the brothers performed an necessary function in aiding Rukmini Devi in a lot of her productions.
The brothers had been distinctive in no matter they did. For example, they started studying music solely on the age of 17 and performing on the age of 35. They’d make each efficiency stand out — a full fledged live performance of Muthuswami Dikshitar’s uncommon compositions, a live performance of simply Thiruppugazh songs, a live performance that includes post-Trinity compositions, or a Vinayaka Chaturthi live performance with all songs, together with the mangalam, in reward of Vinayaka.
Even their All India Radio concert events had been theme primarily based, just like the one with all Gowla ragas or the one which featured uncommon compositions of Yogi Suddhananda Bharathi.
They set to tune all of the 4,000 verses of the Divya Prabandham, round 27 kritis of Anayampatti Adi Seshaiyyar, and a few Tarangams of Narayana Tirtha. They’ve composed varnams and thillanas.
Sathya Sai Baba learnt music from the brothers, which he overtly acknowledged in lots of boards. The brothers stayed in Puttaparthi for about 4 years, throughout which interval B.V. Raman composed as many as 37 songs on Sathya Sai Baba, which incorporates the well-known aarti music, ‘Om Jai Jagadeesha Hare’.
For 40 years they carried out the aradhana of Sadashiva Brahmendral at Manamadurai with sincerity and dedication.
They believed in easy residing whereas their music was a mirrored image of their devotion to the artwork and their spirituality. As a lot as their music, it was the private qualities of the brothers that endeared them to the general public in addition to to their friends. They had been beneficiant of their appreciation of their accompanists, contemporaries and youthful artistes.
At a particular occasion organised for his centenary at Chennai’s Ragasudha Corridor, the vidwans Anayampatti Ganesan and N. V. Subramanian, who had been intently related to the brothers, carried out a tribute live performance.
The writers are well-known Carnatic vocalists.