Profile - K.S.Narayanaswamy
When Narayanaswamy was only 14 years of age, his family decided that he should study for a postsecondary diploma in music. At that time, the best place for studying music under institutional auspices was the newly constituted music college of the Annamalai University in Chidambaram. Narayanaswamy's application to study for the Sangeeta Bhooshanam course there was accepted and he enrolled for the diploma course. The college in Chidambaram was considered an ideal place for the study of music because, despite its institutional status, the teaching-learning process was very much akin to what obtained in the gurukula mode, with an almost one-to-one relationship between teacher and student. Even the ambience was that of a gurukula, although the students did not have to do guru seva, often an euphemism for doing various chores in the guru's household. More, the faculty included many stalwarts like Tiger S. Varadachariar (vocal); Sabesa Iyer (vocal); Tanjavur K. Ponniah Pillai (vocal and mridanga); and Desamangalam Subramania Iyer (veena). It was a dream situation which yet allowed the realisation of the students' own dreams of becoming accomplished musicians capable of performing as well as teaching. It was a win-win situation for any student who was willing to study sincerely and diligently.
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