N. Pattabhi Raman (Part I)
Dr. N. Pattabhi Raman, or Sruti Pattabhi Raman as he was better known, was snatched away from our midst on 23 December 2002. He was admitted to Apollo Hospital after an attack of cerebral malaria on 11 November. It was a 42-day long grim battle for survival, but Death finally claimed him and Pattabhi Raman left his mortar coils in the early hours of 23 December in Chennai. He was 70.
His sudden aemise has created a void which cannot be filled, but he has left his imprint in print on the. sands of time. He has made an indelible mark on arts journafism and the documentation of the Indian performing arts.
N. Pattabhi Raman was founder-editor of Sruti, the prestigious Englsh language monthly devoted exclusively to Indian music and dance. He was one of the pioneers who started the documentation of Carnatic music and musicians, dancers and dance guru-s in a detailed, objective ancf interesting way in the pages of Sruti, which he launched in 1983.
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