As many of you might have already heard, Ramnad Krishnan's brother, Ramnad V. Raghavan, passed away a few days ago. Born in 1927, Sri Raghavan was a visiting artist in residence at Wesleyan University for many years, teaching and performing on the mridangam. He had many devoted American students, several of whom became quite accomplished, and had a profound influence on many people. One of his students, David Nelson, who teachers at Wesleyan, created a tribute page to Raghavan on his website some time ago that you might enjoy reading, which sums up the feeling of many who had the privilege to know or study with him: http://dpnelson.web.wesleyan.edu/raghavan.html
A memorial service to commemmorate the services of Sri Ramnad Raghavan will be held Monday, Dec 7, 2009 at Raga Sudha Hall, Luz Church Road, Mylapore at 6:00 PM. We have decided to have this function in a public hall and EVERONE IS INVITED.
The function is organized by the Global Music Forum of Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival. The agenda is:
Prayer by Kumaris Dharini & Vidya Kalyanaraman
Madurai Sri T. N. Seshagopalan, Sri T. R. Subrahmanyam, Dr. V. K. Viswanathan (USA), Sri Guruvayoor Dorai, Cleveland Sri Balu, Smt. Charumathi Ramachandran, Cleveland Sri V V Sundaram, Neyveli Sri Santhanagopalan, Smt. Gomathi Sundaram and Sri K. Ramanathan.
We request the admirers of Sri Ramnad Raghavan to grace the occasion by their presence and honor the memory of this great vidwan.
V K Viswanathan
President, Global Music Forum of Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival