Shanmukha, july – September edition, 2004.
Here is a tribute by Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sanjay Subrahmanyan. Sanjay recalls how he became a Madurai Mani Iyer fan despite growing up in a G.N.B dominated household. He states that Mani Iyer’s music was the most naturally flowing music he has ever heard. Sanjay also reveals an interesting opinion of Mani Iyer on ‘kanakkus’ (Mathematics) in concerts….
Sruti, March 2009.
This fitting tribute appeared as a cover story in Sruti Magazine, March 2009 edition. V. Ramnarayan states that the celebrated artist Mani Iyer was consistently brilliant throughout his career, yet that did not mean repetitiveness. He points out that Mani Iyer’s music appealed to young newcomers as well as Veterans of Carnatic Music. Many incidents are shared including the one where Mani Iyer lost his temper….
In this tribute, R. Krishnan writes how he was attracted to the Maestro’s music. He writes that many of his friends who do not usually bother with Carnatic Music only listen to Mani Iyer and recalls fondly of his futile attempt to reproduce the Singer’s music on his Veena. He also shares an interesting episode involving Mani Iyer at Isai Sangam…….
Prince Rama Varma, in his brilliant tribute, writes that Mani Iyer’s music brings pure unadulterated joy to anyone hearing it. He terms the meatro’s music as “cute” and very eloquently describes his swara singing…….
Sruti Ranjani, 2012. Originally Published in Sruti Ranjani, 1997.
Sri. V.K. Balasubrahmanyan, in this inspirational tribute starts off by telling us what set the great Madurai Mani Iyer apart from others during the golden age of Carnatic music. He then takes us through some of the maestro’s popular Ragas and Songs. He caps it all off by saying that the closest he has ever come to realizing “Nada Brahmam” was only in Mani Iyer’s Concerts………….
Here is a touching tribute by Sri. A.R.S. Mani. He tells us how he incidentally became a Madurai Mani Iyer fan while going to collect an M.S. Subbulakshmi recording. Then, he systematically explains what made his music outstanding. At the end, he writes how he would like to have been born in the 1930’s so that he could have listened to Mani Iyer live….
In this tribute, T.M. Anatharaman takes us through the unique style that Madurai Mani Iyer introduced to Carnatic Music and how he enthralled millions of rasikas, young and old alike, with it……
Sri. Saty Seshan beautifully explains how Madurai Mani Iyer’s music captivates and mesmerizes us all. He writes that being on key (shruthi) was important to him and explores some of the famous songs of the maestro…….
This is a comprehensive tribute written by Sri. R. Suryaprakash, torchbearer of the Madurai Mani Iyer bani among the current generation of Carnatic singers. He explains about the Voice, Sruthi Shuddham and Sthaana Shuddham of Madurai Mani Iyer……
Sruti, March 2009
K.V. Ramanathan writes that Madurai Mani Iyer was impeccable in his adherence to sruthi, and he always managed to delight the crowd, which consisted of both commoners and Carnatic Music veterans. He bows out in style by sharing an interesting incident involving Madurai Mani Iyer and G.N.B…….