Artistes shocked at demise
By Rajagopalan Venkataraman | Published: 21st December 2012 08:47 AM |
That Mahadevan (45), husband of Nithyasree, the granddaughter of Carnatic music icons, D K Pattamal and Palghat Mani Iyer, is not well-known among his wife’s contemporaries comes as a matter of surprise.
Also, the fact that his interactions with them have been largely limited, only compounds the surprise quotient.
When Express sought the reaction of noted violinist T N Krishnan, he professed ignorance about the incident. On learning that the suicide did happen, he replied in a shell-shocked tone: “It is very, very bad news.”
The violinist, who is also the recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi, Padmashri and Padma Bhushan awards, added that he had met Mahadevan only on a couple of occasions.
“He was a very nice man, I just do not know why this had to happen,” was his distraught reaction.
Expressing shock at the suicide, noted Mridangam artiste Umayalapuram Sivaraman, a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, said that while he has had regular interactions with Nithyasree’s grandmother and grand uncle, D K Pattammal and D K Jayaraman, he had not interacted much with Mahadevan.
Chitraveena N Ravikiran, who won laurels from Pt Ravi Shankar during a music recital at the age of 2, too said that he had interacted vastly with D K Pattammal, while drawing a blank when it came to meeting Mahadevan.