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N. Pattabi Raman
Issue : 220
Published on : January, 2003



3 Special Feature

29 Tribute

33 News & Notes

36 Publisher's Note

Front Cover: N. Pattabhi Raman
(Samudri Archives / Sketch by D. Narendran)

News & Notes
Madras A. Kannan Presented Vellore Gopalachariar Award

Veteran mridanga vidwan Madras A. Kannan was presented the Vellore Gopalachariar award on 9 December 2002 at Asthika Samajam, Venus Colony in Chennai. Senior mridanga maestro Vellore Ramabhadran has instituted the award in memory of his father and the Sruti Foundation has been entrusted with the responsibility of administering it. The award function was cohosted by Nadopasana. In the absence of N. Pattabhi Raman, Editorin-Chief of Sruti, who was hospitalised, veteran musician, musicologist and Sruti Contributing Editor S. Rajam took charge of the programme. In his speech he highlighted the life and achievements of Vellore Gopalachariar; he also shared with the audience his personal experiences with the late konnakol vidwan. Rajam's speech helped the audience to understand how prestigious the award was.

The Vellore Gopalachariar memorial award was instituted in 1999. It is awarded every year to a vidwan well-versed in laya intricacies. The award was initially instituted as a prize to encourage young talented percussionists. It was later decided that a veteran laya vidwan would be honoured every alternate year. The two recipients of the Vellore Gopalachariar Prize are J. Vaidyanathan (mridanga) and B.S. Purushotham (khanjira). The first Vellore Gopalachariar Award was presented in 2001 to Chingleput Ranganathan, veteran Carnatic musician and teacher who is also an expert in rendering ragam-tanam-pallavi.

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Special Feature
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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Pallavoor Appu Marar

The sudden demise of the percussion maestro Pallavoor Appu Marar at the age of 75, on 8 December, marked the end of an epoch in the history of the Kerala percussion arts tradition. He was a legendary chenda and edakka artist of our times and the last of the celebrated Pallavoor percussion trinity, as he and his brothers were known.

His younger brothers, who were also his disciples—Pallavoor Kunhikuttan Marar and Pallavoor Manian Marar passed away on 24 August 2002 and 20 June 2001 respectively. With the demise of Appu Marar, the famous percussion trinity has now become a part of history. One can say that Appu Marar was the greatest of them all.

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Publisher's Note

This issue of Sruti is dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. N. Pattabhi Raman, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of the magazine and a pioneer in the field of music and dance journalism, who passed away on 23 December 2002. It will, therefore, not have some of the regular features published every month. Though the beacon light is gone, we—the Sruti Parivaar—have resolved to try our best, to continue the good work and keep the light burning along the path shown by him.

I take this opportunity to convey my thanks to all those who have offered their condolences either in person or through messages and hope they will continue to support Sruti as always.

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