Guru puja of Palani Subramania Pillai
The 59th annual guru puja of the legendary mridangam maestro, Palani Subramania Pillai was conducted virtually by the Palani Sri M. Subramania Pillai Trust. The programme premiered on 2 June 2021 on the Trust’s YouTube page. A number of Carnatic vocalists voluntarily sang as a tribute to this great master. Most of the artists sang only to the accompaniment of the tambura.

After a short introductory speech by mridanga vidwan K. Arun Prakash (one of the trustees), the event continued with a clip of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer (accompanied by T.N. Krishnan on the violin, and Palani Subramania Pillai on the mridangam) rendering Marivere, a composition of Syama Sastry in Anandabhairavi raga.

The first performance of the evening was by Carnatic vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan. Beginning his performance with the first verse Nirvana satakam composed by Adi Sankara, he continued with Sri nathadi guruguho, a composition of Muthuswami Dikshitar in Mayamalavagaula,. The highlight of the performance was the artist’s impressive voice and extended breath control… read more