Source: The Hindu; Author: Ranee Kumar

All but 99 and going on 100, as he is lying on his bed, with eyes that glow with life and spirit; ears that can catch the finest nuances and nod in appreciation; a voice, though feeble with age, that can preface a raga with an alapana or tag a swarakalpana to a verse at the drop of a hat, Dr. Sripada Pinakapani is a content soul with no regrets in life! To him, music was not a path to salvation or spirituality. “I wanted perfect music to be learnt and sung. That was my sole aim; all else fell into place. Bhakti in classical music cannot be at the cost of losing out on the traditions of grammar and syntax that make music. It is a tight framework which cannot be tampered with; perfection makes a man perfect,” he signs off.

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