Source: The Hindu; Photo Courtesy: M. Karunakaran

On Sunday last, Hamsadhwani of Chennai paid tribute to M.D. Ramanathan, whose birth anniversary fell on May 21. T.V. Gopalakrishnan presented a concert in memory of the legend and among those present was Mrs. Visalam Ramanathan. R. Sundar, secretary of the sabha, delivered a speech on the occasion. Excerpts: “MDR stood for Music, Depth, Resonance or may be Music, Divine, Repose. It is a travesty of justice and fairness that MDR ‘s musical accomplishments did not get celebrated adequately and honours did not pour in when he lived – but then he resides in our hearts as a musician who was a true embodiment of pristine purity and a quintessential Nadopasaka. MDR created a world of his own and lived in that world unaffected by the lures of times. Well-versed in Sanskrit, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu, MDR practised bhakti through singing.

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Mrs. Visalam M.D. Ramanathan and veteran vocalist T.V. Gopalakrishnan share a moment at Hamsadhwani. Photo: M. Karunakaran