Source: Deccan Herald; Author: Chitra Srikrishna, K. Srikrishna

Sing a few swaras on just one avarthanam, then two, and keep going. Even at 84, Carnatic musician Seethalakshmi Venkatesan continues to teach a few students at her home in Bangalore. She has an impeccable sense of timing that separates exceptional performers from the merely good. Age hasn’t dimmed either her voice or enthusiasm. She began her formal musical training first with the violin at age five and soon after with vocal music. Though she gave her first public concert at age 10, it was her marriage to Venkatesan that marked the biggest change in her musical career.

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