Sunday, 18 November 2018
Saturday, 27 October 2018
In front of the Durbar Hall
The Eastern Gate of the Tyagesa temple
Some paintings of the composer on the walls.
Monday, 15 October 2018
In my book, I have included stories surrounding these temples, the rulers, saints, poets and dancers. The temples with their awesome dimensions and centuries of history are humbling that I feel to set foot on this sacred land is a blessing.
that a permanent stage has been built now in place of the temporary wooden stage that were put up in the nineties.
Interior of the Melattur temple.
The renovation will make a good impression on visitors.
Friday, 12 October 2018
“My maternal grandfather F. G. Natesa Iyer (1880-1963) was a colossus in the field of theatre and a patron of music. A Shakespearean actor famed for his roles as Othello, Hamlet and King Lear, he later opened his own company and staged historical and mythological dramas. He would sing popular classical music compositions as his entry song or when suitable in the story. He held posts like elected Mayor of the city, District Traffic Superintendent of Railways, and leader of the Indian National Congress of this region. Many musicians, actors and artistes received encouragement from him and even after they achieved fame and name, they held our family in great affection. His achievements in theatre earned him the title Father of Modern Tamil Theatre.”
My Grandmother Rajeswari Mataji and Grandfather's Photographs
The Auditorium is named FGN after its Founder
Oil Paintings of FGN in Drama roles
Sunday, 22 July 2018
this book, Sarada teacher has explained how Bhagavata Mela came to Kalakshetra.
G. Sundari, Sarada Teacher and Kamala Rani attend my performance of 'Sumathi Tyagaraja' in 1990 at Mylapore Rasika Ranjani Sabha.
known for his attempts to revive Bhagavata Mela. She knew both his daughters, Kunjamma and
Kalyani who were childhood friends. She got in touch with the latter and broached the subject of
lending the manuscripts of a few natakams. Kalyani Ammal gave Kalakshetra Natesa Iyer’s
notebooks which had Prahlada Charitram, Usha Parinayam and Markandeya Charitram. As these
were Grantha script, Venkatrama Sastri, the Telugu Pandit of the Adyar Library wrote them down in
Sanskrit for use at Kalakshetra. Kalyani ammal then taught the Kalakshetra musicians the songs of
Prahlada Charitram and Usha Parinayanam.