Thursday, September 01, 2005

From Swetharanyam to the world of music

A yound boy with aspiration to acheive big in music, started from a remote village Thiruvengadu(Swetharanyam in Sanskrit) in Thanjavur. Innumerable years of dedication, immense love towards music, will to achieve given the circumstances, has what made Shri. Thiruvengadu A Jayaraman (TAJ) one among privileged few to carry forward the great Legacy of Shri. Madurai Mani Iyer.

Picture of Mani Iyer and TAJ(hidden behind mani iyer) during a concert



TAJ was closely associated with Madurai Mani Iyer from 1949 till the demise of the latter in 1968. He learned his music in a Gurukulam style in Mani Iyer's House.

He was born in a simple but big Brahmin family. His father Shri. Aghora Sastrigal was a Vedic Scholar. He was the eldest among 5 sisters and 8 brothers.

Those days when we did not have the luxury of Buses, TAJ used to walk miles from his village every week to learn music. His mother Mrs. Parvatham Aghoran packed enough food to last couple of days. He would live in his relative's house and do household work at theirs and Mani Iyer's place apart from getting music lessons.


Recently...
The Hon'ble President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at a special ceremony on 26 August 2005, presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Awards) to TAJ in recognition to his contribution to carnatic music.


Getting the award from President of India



Yet another feather in his cap. I always look upon him for inspiration...
As he is my Periappa, I feel an extra sense of pride.

Paati Thanks for giving us this great son.
Periappa I bow to you in great respect.

15 Comments:

At 4:49 PM, September 01, 2005, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

I have heard of TAJ from my father, but Maduari Mani Iyer was greatly liked by my grandfather. After going for few concerts with my father, i began liking TV Shankarnarayanan who is also a disciple of Madurai Mani Iyer.

I still enjoy listening to TVS's tamil songs.

 
At 8:59 PM, September 01, 2005, Blogger Ganesh said...

nice info.
indhamadari gurukulam ippo enge
ellorum tape pottu kathukara.
Including myself :(

 
At 12:13 AM, September 02, 2005, Blogger Eshwar said...

Kewl Dude...pls pass on my best wishes.

 
At 4:02 PM, September 02, 2005, Blogger Naren said...

Dint hear about TAJ so far, but it was good to read your article.

 
At 10:11 PM, September 02, 2005, Blogger DaldaDappa and Proud said...

wow awesome... congrats... it is indeed something really great and to treasure...

 
At 10:13 PM, September 02, 2005, Blogger DaldaDappa and Proud said...

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At 11:18 PM, September 02, 2005, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

i am ignorant when it comes to carnitic music, but ut post is very interesting

 
At 10:36 PM, September 03, 2005, Blogger Shiva said...

rags,
best wishes to your periappa.. it is indeed a great honor to be associated with and learn from great musicians like Madurai Mani Iyer !

 
At 11:55 AM, September 11, 2005, Blogger Subha said...

Rags,
music kudumbama irukke! do you sing too?

 
At 2:51 PM, September 11, 2005, Blogger Arvind said...

Rags,

First time here :-)

Wow, good to know about your perippa. As others have asked, how much of a musical heritage are you planning to carry forward ?

 
At 9:50 AM, September 12, 2005, Blogger Rags said...

Mitr - TVS is a good friend of my dad..Infact he is our aastana Vidwan...He Sang for my Parents Marriage, He sang for my Sister's Marriage. God's grace...he should sing for me too...

Ganesh - I cannot agree more.

Esh - Done

Naren,Preethi,Vatsan - Thanks guys

Siva - How true, This is called Poorva Janma Palan.

Subha - Nope.. I am the listening material. If everybody starts singing..what about audience.

Arvind - Welcome to my Blog dude. The best thing I can do is to leave it as is and be the Kolgai Parappu Seyalalar...

 
At 4:33 PM, September 26, 2005, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Wow, I am amazed. Thanks for all the details. I've heard about TAJ. I am a fan of carnatic music and know a little bit. What I didn't know until today is the younger days of Sri.TAJ and his relationship to you. I am proud about you Rags.!!

 
At 4:36 PM, September 26, 2005, Blogger Rags said...

Thanks Narayanan...I am overwhelmed

 
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