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'Changes must not mar originality of Carnatic music'

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CHENNAI, APRIL 5. Carnatic music might absorb the flavours of each era it passes through, but these changes should not disrupt its originality, Carnatic musician T.N. Seshagopalan said today.

Speaking at a function organised to celebrate 50 years of his musical career, Mr. Seshagopalan said contemporary music should imbibe the values of the classical Carnatic music, as it provided the base.

``Musicians must realise their responsibility.'' Even new ragas must be composed to appeal to the common man, he added.

Accepting the honour paid by his disciples, he said, ``I still consider myself a senior student and I am only sharing my knowledge with disciples, not teaching them.''

Calling him a multifaceted personality, mridangist T.K. Murthy said Mr. Seshagopalan has mastered the nuances of music through hard work and single-minded devotion. Mr. Seshagopalan is not only a vocalist but also veena artist, composer and teacher. ``He is not just a scholars' scholar. He is also a rasika's delight.'' Lauding the recipient of Padma Bhushan, Mr. Murthy said, ``He is a born genius and has to be honoured with a Bharat Ratna.''

Writer S. Ranganathan (Sujatha) who recalled Mr. Seshagopalan's short film career said the musician should take the initiative to develop Carnatic music in films. While the chairman of the Federation of Sabhas, R. Krishnaswamy, and the deputy general manager of Indian Bank, R. Sundaresan, felicitated him for his sincerity and punctuality, the managing director of Ashok Leyland, R. Seshasayee, commended him for his in-depth knowledge of music and freshness of rendition.

Talking about Seshagopalan' s novelty in rendition, music critic K.S. Mahadevan said, ``Every concert of his is a fresh and new experience.''

An audio-visual presentation on Mr. Seshagopalan's music career and release of a souvenir formed part of the event. Mr. Seshasayee released audio cassettes and compact discs of Mr. Seshagopalan's `Meenakshi Navarathnamalika.'

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