Sunday, October 13, 2013

M. D. Ramanathan

M. D. Ramanathan

Manjapara Devesa Ramanathan (May 20, 1923 – April 27, 1984) affectionately called MDR was a Carnatic music composer and vocalist.

Early life

MDR was born in Manjapara, Palakkad District, Madras Province(Present Kerala) on 20 May 1923. His father Devesa Bhagavathar was a music teacher by profession. MDR did his schooling in Palakkad and graduated with a BSc degree in Physics from Victoria College, Palakkad. On completion of his studies, he travelled to Madras along with his father to improve his musical talents.

Study of Sangita Siromani music

During the same time, the legendary Rukmini Devi Arundale initiated a new course on Sangeeta Siromani at Kalakshetra. MDR auditioned for the course and was the only student to be selected for the first batch commencing in 1944. Soon, MDR emerged as Tiger Varadachariar's favorite and was his closest disciple when the latter died in 1950.  more....

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