TVS. Those three are magic letters in Tamil Nadu, signifying as they do an iconic business group that meant safety, reliability and punctuality to thousands who used the bus service launched by the grand old man T.V. Sundaram Iyengar in the last century.

The Carnatic music world boasts yet another TVS, a Sangita Kalanidhi of the Music Academy, no less, someone who could be relied upon to deliver time after time. A vocalist famed for his emotive style of singing based on the sruti-perfect, exciting bani of his charismatic uncle Madurai Mani Iyer, T.V. Sankaranarayanan came as a breath of fresh air to the scene in the 1960s at a time when the past masters were beginning to fade away.

Today, TVS continues to be a sought after, acclaimed vocalist. He still sings with great zest and verve, still appeals to a fan following devoted to his independent style of delivery… read more