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With an eye for talent

V. SUBRAHMANIAM

It was with missionary zeal that the late S.V.Krishnan encouraged young musicians.



S.V.Krishnan.

S.V.Krishnan, who passed away recently, was adept at spotting new and promising talents. A connoisseur, he listened to AIR concerts and conversed with rasikas whom he felt were in his own wavelength. He listened to recitals of up-and-coming artistes in various sabhas and when he identified talent he invited the musician to perform for Naada Inbam, which he had founded.

SVK, as S.V.Krishnan was popularly known, was allergic to any attempt by classical musicians to dilute the purity of the art to make it suitable for the mass audience. He travelled to Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra searching for talent.

Born on April 16, 1935, SVK inherited his chaste taste in Carnatic music from his maternal side, especially his mother who made him listen to 78rpm records of all the greats of the last century. Krishnan, however, did not have any formal training in music. Graduating in physics from Pachaiappa's college in Madras he took a diploma in Electronics from the Madras Institute of Technology Chromepet. Joining his father A.K.Venkatachala Iyer in construction business, Krishnan established his own practice in Coimbatore, where he organised chamber concerts in a hall in Hotel Alankar. In 1974, he constructed an auditorium, Ragasudha, in Tatabaad, Coimbatore, paying great attention to acoustics.

From 1982, every year during the December Music season, Krishnan arranged a couple of concerts at the Srinivasa Sastri Hall also under the banner Nada Inbam. In 1993, he migrated to Madras with his civil engineering and Ragasudha activities. Until he built the hall in East Abhiramapuram, Mylapore, the concerts were held at his own residence or at Sastri Hall.

The Ragasudha Hall was inaugurated in 1997 and became the venue for hundreds of concerts, most of them by young and up-and-coming musicians.

Krishnan thought of nothing except Carnatic music. Who will now take over the mantle and continue the service that he was rendering?

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