Old world appeal wafts out from letters
Artists’ correspondence with their customers uses fascinating insights.
Voice from the past: Nagaswaram maestro Rajarathinam Pillai requested350 for a performance in 1935.|Photo Credit:
Musicians’ correspondence with their clients offers remarkable insights.
The Chettinadu area has actually always patronised symphonic music and musicians. Wedding events, temple festivals and other functions included the performances of the very best musicians of the time. A bonanza of letters composed by artists themselves reveals interesting details of the compensation for their efficiency.
” I gather old magazines, stamps and books and discovered these letters among them. The Chettiar families typically keep these letters tagged with their action as records,” said an antiquarians who wishes to be anonymous.
The oldest letter in the collection was written by nagaswaram gamer P.S. Rathinam, who had set up an efficiency of a ‘chinna melam’ (Bharatanatyam troupe) in1931 He had actually informed the organisers that the troupe would carry out just if it was paid300 and not250
Nagaswaram maestro Rajarathinam Pillai had actually asked for350 for a concert in1935 “I will play for both the wedding and procession of the divine being from the temple. In reality, the quantity is really less,” he had said in a letter.
Andankoil A.V. Karuppaiah Pillai, another nagaswaram player of terrific prominence, had actually notified an organiser in 1945 that his minimum rate was200
Organisers of concerts by Karukurichi P. Arunachalam would have to pay a baronial sum of 1,000 in1955
” If you are prepared to pay the quantity, I will carry out,” Arunachalam had composed to K.A. Angamuthu Mudaliar, secretary of the Hindu Traders’ Association at Karaikudi.
M.M. Dhandapani Desikar had written to Angamuthu Mudaliar in1961 He wanted 1,001 for himself and his performers, including a violinist, a mridangam gamer and a kanjira player.
Singer and playback vocalist Sirkazhi Govindarajan had actually also written to Angamuthu Mudaliar, expressing his desire to perform at an event to mark the Tamil New Year in 1961.
In his letter to Natarajan Chettiyar in 1964, Madurai Mani Iyer had actually said he would reach Karaikudi with violinist M.S. Gopalakrishnan and mridangam gamer Umayalpuram Sivaraman. “Book rooms in the town rest-house. For me, book a big space with a connected bathroom,” he had stated in the letter, composed by T.S. Vembu Iyer on his behalf.
In 1960, clarinet master A.K.C. Natarajan had composed to Rajamanickam Chettiyar at Karaikudi, advising Kumbakonam K.A. Thangavel Pillai for the thavil accompaniment.
Nagaswaram gamer Thiruvidaimarudur P.S. Veerusami Pillai had informed the organisers to book Nachiyarkoil Raghava Pillai or somebody else as special thavil.
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