Mysore Sri. V. Ramarathnam
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Photo: Mysore V. Ramarathna In Concert with Palghat Mani Iyer (1950's), courtesy of K.S. SrinivasanAn artist is recognized for his uniqueness and excellence by the educated audience, as well as by those who laid the foundation and stood as the pillars to support and nourish the art. In the field of Carnatic music such pillars of the 19th century are Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Mysore Vasudevachar, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar to name a few.
Mysore V. Ramarathnam is a well known musician who gained significant level
of recognition from these pillars of Carnatic music and gained popularity among
highly educated audience. He has been one of the most loved and respected
teachers and a devoted educationalist, who has unearthed and molded the inherent
talents of a multitude of students of music. His contribution to the development
of musicology and dissemination of knowledge pervades all over the world of
Ramarathnam's musical knowledge, repertoire and delivery, attained breadth
and mastery through close association and interactions with stalwarts like
Mysore Vasudevachar, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer ,
Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and Alathoor Srinivasa Iyer.
Following his retirement in 1977, the University Grants Commission, Govt. of India invited Prof. Ramarathnam to continue his service as Emeritus professor, which he served until 1980. His research work during this period on the "Contribution and Patronage of Mysore Wodeyars to Carnatic Music" is considered to be an authoritative record. This work was recently published by Government of Karnataka, Kannada Book Authority.
He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Graduate and Post Graduate studies in music, University of Mysore, Chairman, Board of Examiners University of Kerala, and as a member of the board of studies at Venkateswara University, Tirupathi. Prof. Ramarathnam has trained hundreds of students and has also guided doctoral students in music.
The Mysore University Press has published ten books authored by him on the
theory and practical aspects of Carnatic music. Many of these books are being
used currently for undergraduate and graduate instruction in music.
One his memorable concerts was a Madras Music Academy concert in 1958, to an audience filled with legends such as Chembai, Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer, Ariyakudi, (to name a few), when his guru Chowdiah received the academy's coveted Sangeetha Kalanidhi Award.
He has performed to the accompaniment of great artists including his
own guru T. Chowdiah,Govindaswamy Naickar, Prof. T.N. Krishnan, Chalukudi
Narayanaswamy, M. Chandrashekaran, etc. on violin and Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer,
Vellore ,Ramabhadran, T.K. Murthy, Umayalapuram Sivaraman, Tanjore Upendran,
Prof. Trichy Sankaran, Guruvayur Dorai , Alangudi Ramachandran etc on the
Many of his students such as Prof. T.S. Ramaa, Uma Prasanna Sukanya Prabhakar, Dr. R.N. Sreelatha, Dr. T.N. Padma , Nagamani Srinath, Dr. K. Vageesh (Director of Carnatic Music, All India Radio, New Delhi) are performing artists of repute, professors of music, and are serving All India Radio centers and universities.
Official Web Site: www.mysorevramarathnam.org
1. Sangeetha Darpana ? Prof. V. Ramarathnam University of Mysore, Prasaranga