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Concert Reviews

‘மகத்தான கச்சேரி’ (Great Concert), by Kalki Krishnamurthy

Source: s-pasupathy.blogspot.in
Presenting here a review of Madurai Mani Iyer’s Concert by none other than kalki Krishnamurthy. This was one of his earliest concerts in Chennai. Added as a bonus is Mani Iyer’s short letter published in kalki after Kalki Krishnamurthy’s demise. It shows that they shared a special bond…

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Concert review by Arabhi in 1965

Source: maduraimani.tripod.com, Originally appeared in ‘Indian Express’.
Here is a review of a Madurai Mani Iyer Concert in 1965 by Sri. Arabhi that appeared in the ‘Indian Express’. Mani Iyer was getting back to the concert platform after a year’s hiatus owing to illness….

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Essays

‘Madurai Mani Iyer the Memorable Music Innovator’, by Dr. V.K.V. Viswanathan

Dr V.K.V. Viswanathan is a scientist (Physics) who knew and interacted with Mani Iyer regularly since 1950. This essay attempts to summarize his interactions with Mani Iyer over the years. Dr. V. Radhakrishnan, a theoretical physicist has also contributed to this essay.

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‘Sri. Madurai Mani Iyer’, by B.V.K. Sastry

Sri. B.V.K. Sastry was an eminent critic, reviewer, and expert on all aspects of our arts, culture and music. This essay appeared in the illustrated weekly of India dated November 22, 1962, and is one of the most balanced and fair appraisal of Mani Iyer as a person, musician and innovator after interviewing him in depth and detail.

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Other Reads

Mani Iyer’s Presidential address

Source: maduraimani.tripod.com, courtesy: Music Academy’s Journal released in January 1960.
Following is an extract of Madurai Mani Iyer’s Presidential Address at the Music Academy’s Annual Conference held during December 1959. He addresses various topics including the teaching and learning methodologies that should be adopted to keep up the standard of Carnatic Music…

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Mani Iyer’s Radio Interview

Source: maduraimani.tripod.com.
Saying Sri N. Balasubramanian is a Madurai Mani Iyer fan is the mother of all understatements. In fact, he himself wouldn’t prefer anything other than being called a Devotee of Madurai Mani Iyer. His devotion was so much that he once missed his IIT semester exam just so that he could listen to Mani Iyer singing in A.I.R…….

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‘இவர்கள் சந்தித்தால்’ (If they meet), featuring Madurai Mani Iyer and G.N.B.

Source: s-pasupathy.blogspot.in, Originally published in ‘Vikatan’.
From 22nd july 1956 onwards, Vikatan started publishing a series of fictional articles titled ‘Ivargal Sandhithal’ (Translated to ‘If they meet’ in English). Each of these articles depicted an imaginary meeting and conversation between two famous personalities of that time. One such Article featured Madurai Mani Iyer and G.N.B of the Carnatic Music World…

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