Sunday, July 19, 2009
About a Great Guru from a Sishya:
One of the best things that happened to me in my life was meeting a person like Smt Indra Ramanathan. She has been a guru sometimes even more so a friend, philosopher and guide with whom you could just freely discuss about music or any issues. She gave herself on to me in bountiful measures her precious time in helping me cultivate a truly refined taste in music. She was always a perfectionist expecting the best out of her students. Her technique of teaching was absolutely unique and anybody who follows it is sure to excel as it has all ingredients of how authentic traditional carnatic music is to be rendered. She was a person who was very broadminded when it came to music. When referring to this I remember a class when I rendered an Abhang and she was all encouragement and gave me more ideas of enhancing the composition. She had a tremendous repertoire of songs which is known to a very few and she knew many songs that were not very common in the platform like say Palumaru which is a rare varnam in devamanohari. She was a great admirer of the carnatic music maestro Late Sri G.N.Balasubramaniam and shared with me the finer nuances of his art. As a person she was simple and excited about small things and very shy when in the public eye. She will always live in the hearts of all her family and students who adore her.