the illustrious galaxy of musicians of
the 20th century, Tandalam
Krishnamachari Rangachari (
with a pleasant voice,he sang well till his last days. His concerts
brisk and full of raga bhavam. His
neravals and kalpanaswarams were great to listen and his
was based on sarvalaghu pattern. He had formal tutelege from Namakkal
Iyengar, who was also the guru of Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Ayengar.
He joined Annamalai University in Chidambaram and after a prescribed training he was awarded the title of “Sangeetha bhushanam”. He had the benefit of learning music under stalwarts like Sabesha Iyer, Ponnaiah Pillai, Sathur Krishna Iyengar. Then he was appointed to the faculty at Annamalai University Music Department. He worked there for almost 30 years and also later on at the Central College of Music, Chennai.
from dwelling on the time honored ragams,
He was honored by many music associations and he was awarded titles like “Sangeetha Ratnakara” and “Kalaimamani” among others. He passed away in 1979. His musical legacy is being carried out by his daughter, Mallika Jayanth Kumar and his grandson, D.B.Ashwin.
By Ashok Madhav
(madhav_pgh at yahoo.com)