Source: The Hindu; Author: S. Sivakumar; Photo Courtesy: Loganatha Sarma

Chittoor Subramanya Pillai, fondly known as Chittoor-ar in Carnatic music circles, was instrumental in starting the annual Tyagaraja Utsavam at Tirupati, where the title, ‘Sapthagiri Sangeetha Vidwanmani’ was awarded to deserving musicians. Had he been alive, Chittoor-ar would have gone beyond a century, in terms of age. His service to music was remembered at a function organised by the Chennai Fine Arts, at Arkay Convention Centre, Mylapore, Chennai. His disciple Tadepalli Loganatha Sarma presented a concert that provided glimpses of his guru. The song selection had many of Chittoor-ar’s favourites.

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