‘Strict guru, loving father’

Viji Krishnan

Daughter and disciple

Having a maestro for a father is just not at all times straightforward, you might be continually reminded of the requirements it’s a must to reside as much as. Although a strict guru, appa by no means put any stress on me and my brother, Shriram. He insisted solely on honest studying and sadhagam. He cherished the aesthetic and conventional values of Carnatic music and wished us to stick to them. Regardless of his frenetic schedule, he at all times made time for us. I by no means felt being in his shadow since he allowed us our house. Being his disciple and daughter is a part of me and I see it as a blessing that has opened up a world of inventive alternatives. Due to him, I’ve interacted with musical greats, carried out throughout the globe, have skilled the fantastic thing about reaching out by artwork and have imbibed a wealthy treasure.

T.N. Krishnan performing with sister N. Rajam

T.N. Krishnan performing with sister N. Rajam

| Picture Credit score: R_Shivaji Rao

‘My particular jugalbandi associate’

N. Rajam

Violin exponent

Loss of life is a actuality however you want some individuals stay immortal. One such was my brother and jugalbandi associate. Extraordinarily accommodative on stage and really affectionate off it. After we carried out collectively, he would inform me to proceed taking part in whereas I at all times wished him accomplish that. He was 10 years older to me, so after I was nonetheless present process coaching, he was already a busy performer. Our father and guru, A. Narayana Iyer not solely instilled musical values in us but in addition taught essential life classes. . My brother, led a lifetime of self-discipline and dedication until his final breath. I’ll miss him.

Kiran Seth

Pondering musician

Kiran Seth

Founder, SPIC MACAY

Prof. Krishnan was actively concerned within the motion. He travelled throughout North India performing live shows for SPIC MACAY. He was as comfy taking part in in a small setting as he was in an enormous auditorium. I can always remember an occasion when he carried out to a small group of post-graduate college students on the Mansarovar Hostel of the Delhi College. With a pleasing smile on his face, he would enthusiastically work together with college students and had a method of capturing their consideration together with his steeped-in-tradition music. An iconic violinist aside, he was an introspective musician; somebody who did plenty of chintan manan (considering). This was why his music was extra inward-looking. His method was easy and refined, he by no means performed to the gallery. An exquisite human being, I at all times admired how his spouse Kamala and he complemented one another. She was his help system. I additionally labored with him intently when he was the vice-chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

SPIC MACAY has organised a memorial on November 15 (from 9 p.m.) that will probably be streamed worldwide.

Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam

Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam
| Picture Credit score: V_Ganesan

Studying expertise

Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam

Mridangam exponent

Having shared the stage with Krishnan sir for greater than 30 years, his demise has created a vacuum in each my music and life. I used to be 23 after I first met him at Tamil Nadu Music School, the place he was a professor earlier than changing into the principal. He complimented me after I carried out at one of many month-to-month kutcheris of the school. He inspired me quite a bit. It was from him that I learnt how one ought to construct a efficiency, the time administration, self-discipline, and professionalism required, and how you can construction and current a live performance. Melody, sruti suddham and readability in raga delineations made his music linger within the thoughts. He gained over individuals together with his simplicity and heat. His life was an instance of how a vidwan’s needs to be led.

Charumathi Raghuraman

A magnanimous guru

Charumathi Raghuraman

Violinist and disciple

The passing away of TNK Sir has left me desolated. I really feel his greatness lay in the truth that in an auditorium brimming with individuals, one bought the sensation that he was taking part in to every considered one of them. My tutelage beneath him began on the age of eight and I bear in mind how superbly he tiptoed the road between being a strict disciplinarian within the class and an affectionate individual outdoors it. “Azhutthi vaashi!” he would say, stressing the significance of evenness in tone and bowing, which was the key behind the honeyed sound of his violin. I might obtain no larger present than the chance of accompanying Sir on stage; he was a magnanimous guru. His rendition of ragas like Yadukulakambhoji, Suruti, Bilahari, Sindhu Bhairavi and many others. created a rasa that permeated the live performance corridor. He has proven that one can attain out to a wider viewers by presenting the raga music in a pristine method. These attributes mixed with a cheerful face and an interesting persona; he was at all times immaculately dressed, is the picture imprinted in my thoughts of my TNK Sir.