CHENNAI: A thunderous reverberation filled Smt Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium this Saturday evening. The occasion marked the inauguration of Tiruvarur S Latchappa Pillai Memorial Trust. Y Prabhu, secretary, Krishna Gana Sabha, gave away S Latchappa Pillai Memorial Award and cash prize worth ` 10,000 to Keelvelur Kalaimamani Rajaratna N Ganesa Pillai. Born in a family of illustrious musicians, Latchappa Pillai, who belonged to an era when the composite Thanjavur district was a haven for classical music, especially nagaswaram, passed away last year.
Eminent flautist Dr N Ramani released a booklet on Latchappa Pillai and singer P Unnikrishnan received the first copy. Recalling Pillai’s life and contribution to Carnatic music, Ramani described him as a giant among other nagaswaram players. He brought back memories of Pillai’s life by narrating anecdotes.
“He was of the rare musicians who never sought attention or popularity. I knew him since my early days. He was down-to-earth and a good human being above all. I am glad that the future generation of his family is carrying out his lofty ideals,” said Ramani.
From next year, on behalf of the trust, young music talent will be identified and awarded with scholarships. Later, the booklet, penned by BM Sundaram, was distributed to the audience. Others present include Tiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam, Teynampettai PKM Ravi, TR Srinivasan, musicologist BM Sundaram, Thanjavur TR Govindarajan, Cleveland VV Sundaram and Dr Mambalam Siva.