What is the significance of this award?
CP Ramaswami Aiyar’s speech had fascinated my mother a lot. From the ‘70s to late ‘80s I have been in and out of the foundation. CR Pattabhiraman knew me very well and his wife used to be appreciative of my music. Moreover, I received the award just around my birthday, so it means a lot to me.
You have been trained in a number of styles and branches of music. How has the journey been?
My mother, who was my first inspiration and the one who initiated me into music, wanted me to learn from many gurus. I learnt from Musiri Subramanya Iyer, who told my parents that I shouldn’t pursue it as a hobby and take it up full time. Other gurus included T K Govinda Rao, B Rajam Iyer, Mudicondan Venkatarama Iyer, TM Thyagarajan and T Muktha. I began performing at the age of 12. I also learnt Hindustani Classical from Krishnanand of Kirana Gharana. I, of course stuck to the Musiri Subramania Iyer style because it was bhava oriented. All through this, I have had support from my father-in-law and my husband.
What is the importance of musicology? Do you think there are enough avenues or scope?
Of course, a lot. I feel there is more interest about what is music and there are many people who are interested in the lecture demonstrations. Rasikas want to know, as I have seen during singer S Soumya’s sessions about many ragas - their musical and historical aspects.