Lack of students participation in N. Ramani’s Carnatic classical evening
Manipal: A Carnatic Classical flute recital by N. Ramani organised under the Cultural Coordination Committee of Manipal University (MU) was held before a packed house in the Counseling Hall of the Manipal.edu building on October 13; although large-scale participation from the students was lacking.
Accompanied by M. V. Swaroop, Mathur Srinidhi on the violin and B. S. Prashanth on the Mridangam, the musical troupe began their expositions after taking blessings from the ceremonial fire lit by former Controller of Examinations of MU, S. Narayana Rao.
Chairman of the Cultural Coordination Committee, Murlidhar V. Pai addressed the gathering. He thanked Sudha Vidyasagar, professor and head of the department of general medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal who was instrumental in planning the event and inviting them over to Manipal.
“In this age of Western influence on contemporary music, N. Ramani’s contribution to Carnatic music is exemplary; having led the music scene for close to 70 years now,” said Murlidhar V. Pai while mentioning the stalwart’s performance in the Munich Olympic Games. Compositions by the Trinity of Carnatic music—Tyagaraja Swamy, Muttuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Sastri were performed. They kept the audience captivated for close to two hours.
“Although having practiced in Hindustani, I’m an appreciator of Indian classical music and the name of N. Ramani couldn’t have helped but pull me to the event,” said Piyush Kulkarni, a third year mechanical student of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT).
Sushant Ghildyal, fourth year student of MIT when asked about the low-level of student participation said, “People tend to associate classical music with boredom and monotone. They should have witnessed today’s performance which was by one of India’s most treasured musicians to have cleared their misconceptions.”
“I had come to Manipal a few years back; let’s hope I can continue coming over here. The journey which I had begun on 20th November, 1942 isn’t over yet,” said N. Ramani. Despite his age and even after playing the flute for close to two hours, the man still greeted the audience with an affable smile.
Besides a number of faculties from different institutions of the university, G. K. Prabhu, Registrar, MU was also present. The musicians were presented with mementos by Murlidhar V. Pai at the conclusion of the performance.
Sub-edited by Shiv Nair