Circa 1954--I was studying B.Sc. in Presidency College(VKV was my Physics tutor--used to take permission from VKV to skip the Labs to attend a concert only to find out VKV had cancelled the whole class to show up at the same concert!!!!))
Very interesting story. You did not drag Sri VKV for TNR concert ?
I have heard stories in my village near Tiruvarur, they used to walk 10 km to concerts of Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer in some remote village, have food at the marriage and walk back well past midnight. I have also heard that TNR used to perform for Tiruvarur temple Lord Thyagaraja Vrushaba vahanam and TNR used to come decked javadhu pottu and diamond earrings (Vaira kadukkan).
My only trip to Purasawakkam in during my hostel days was to see a Kamalahasan movie on the first (release) day @ Purasawakkam and we walked back to the hostel (with several stops at tea shops along the way); seems lowbrow compared to attending a TNR concert
MKR HAS THE UNCANNY GENIUS OF RECALLING THE BEST OF OUR DAYS IN MADRAS! I cannot even the begin to describe THE ENERGY EXCITEMENT & ELEVATED SPIRITS WHEN WE HEARD TNR; EVEN GNB& MMI HAVE VIVIDLY DESCRIBED TNR'S THODI & SUDDHA SEEMANDHINI THO' TNR USED TO ASK GNB& MMI TO SING THOSE RAGAS FOR HIM.... I HAVE TO CONCLUDE THOSE WERE THE DAYS! IF TNR HAD KNOWN about MKR' S situation he would have taken him to dinner!
MMI, LGJ, & PSP HAVE done it for me! I attended MMI-LGJ- PSP concert at RAMNAD RAJA'S DAUGHTER'S WEDDING THAT WAY as well as KAPALI KOIL CONCERTS BEC. LGJ spotted me in the thousands thronging in Mada street & took me with him to the stage!...THERE IS SIMPLY NO WAY OF REPAYING THEIR KINDNESSES; FORTUNELY EVEN JUST THE MEMORIES TAKE ME TO A PARALLEL UNIVERSE! VKV