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Shri T. R. Subramanian (1929-2013)
Ashwin and Rohin  |  2013-10-07 07:35:13  |  Permalink

With great sadness, we mourn the loss of Shri Thiruvidaimarudur Rajagopalan (T. R.) Subramanian, one of our great gurus. Shri TRS (or TRS mama as we affectionately called him) joined the almighty on October 4, 2013. He was a great musician, musicologist, an expert at presenting lec/dems and pallavis, and a wonderful human being who was loved by all. He revolutionized the art of ragam-tanam-pallavi singing, composing hundreds of pallavis and and simplified them in terms any lay person or vidwan could appreciate, presenting lec-dems all over the world on this and other complex topics including neraval and kalpana swaram singing. He was also a proponent of the use of beautiful musical devices including "kannaku" (mathematical permutation of notes) and "swarakshara" (sahitya and notes having the same sound) to create unique and magnificent sangatis and complex, yet aesthetically pleasing patterns.

Shri T. R. Subramanian

We were fortunate to learn from him in 1991 in Pittsburgh, USA during his summer music teaching assignment at the Shri Venkateswara Temple, and also in 1996 in both New Delhi and Chennai during our visits to India. We can honestly say that his patient teaching provided us with the foundation and confidence to be able to learn from other great masters including Shri TKG and Shri SRJ. He opened our eyes to perfection and patience by spending nearly 1 hour correcting "Sa" and "Pa" when we began learning from him, something which we will never forget. He was ever-encouraging with us, and even even coined the term "Toronto Brothers" when we first met him in 1991 -- an endearing term that has stayed with us to this day. We are deeply saddened by his loss and convey our condolences to his family, his galaxy of students, and his admirers.

-Ashwin and Rohin

Responses To This Blog Entry

Aarti  |  2014-01-16 14:59:55
Hello Ashwin and Rohin, Thanks a lot for the prompt response about private tuitions. Sorry about the delayed response from my side. I would have liked to be trained from Varnam onwards. I have been taught by my mother. She has been performing in Delhi along with her elder sister (they are known as Delhi sisters- Vasantha Krishnan and Lalita Anand) for the past 3 decades, and is now a carnatic vocal teacher training students at Delhi Tamil Sangam. I'm currently new in Toronto, but will still try to see if there are others like me and let you know. Thanks anyway, and wish you both further success in your musical career. Regards Aarti

Mahesh Iyer  |  2014-02-04 17:39:17
Hello... My name is Mahesh Iyer. I'm from Houston and I came over and talked to you after your concert about 3 years ago, as part of Classical Arts Society program. I play the violin and have been playing for numerous programs. I will be visiting Edmonton a few times this year as part of my work, in Halliburton. Just wondering if we could meet some time. Please advise. Thank you very much.

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