Lakshman- when i was talking to mr kalyanaraman during 87 or 88, (he wasone of my good friends in those
days) he said the details are correct.
to all: once mr s kalyanaraman sang a very nice aarabi/naadasudaarasa and its neraval "veda puraanaagama" i said it was the best i hv heard so far and he said "you are unlucky- you should hv heard from
my master this song"
in a.vikatan abt 50 yrs before they were writing "Ivargal sandhithaal" - how the discn wud be .... I remember 3 articles.
ariyakkudi and maharajapuram viswanaatha iyer
gnb and madhurai mani iyer
sivaji ganesan and mgr
-- abt GNB i wont forget one thing.
around 1955 he came to my native place (mannargudi) to gv a marriage concert. i was around 16 then. my
mother was telling me that gnb is his cousin visalam's son. it was enough. i went to the house where he was
resting and introdued myself. he first offered me the tiffin and said "it is longtime since i saw yr mother. will
you bring her to the concert". my mother generally wont go out and i said i wud be there with my father,as he
had already recd the invitation. we attended the concert. (a nice kamboji - i remember). before he was driven to kumbakonam to catch the train he came to our house and was sitting with my mother for a very longtime and chatting abt the old days and the accompanying artists (I think shri lalgudi & shri u.sivaraman) were
seeing their watches !. if i had known their greatness, i wud hv prostrated them min 3/4 times. i was a good singer (no learning sono sa pa sa). when they were leaving my mother asked him ifhe would take me (oh
poor mothers) and keep me as his sishya "ivanai un sishyanaa eduthukkiriya"?. he said that it is very competitive field, there are mny who are suffering in this field,let him qualify and get into some job and then
think of music field.
frm a sabha secretary i heard that once for a concert he was approached by someone, 1500 for him, 1000. gn for both violin and mridagam. gnb replied "give me 1000, give PMI 1000 and LJ 500. whn askd abt it he replied
PMI is a great artist, he deserves more and he wil make the concert a success. No wonder they just loved him.
Many a time, i cud see GNB in shri sanjay subramanyam.
Krishna gana sabha organised a send off party to GNB when he was to leave for Trivandrum (abt 63/64) many artists came and i remember shri veena balachander said "the gain to trivandrum is a loss to madras"
it was the last time we saw him in mds.