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Eminent flautist N Ramani passes away. He was 82.

Eminent flautist N Ramani passes away.

Dr N Remani

Flautist Dr. N. Ramani, (Dr. Natesan Ramani )who imbibed the best elements of playing the flute from late T.R. Mahalingam and developed his inimitable style, died here on Friday. The cause of death was cancer.

He was 82 and is survived by his wife, two sons, including flautist R. Thiyagaran, and two daughters. His grandson Atul Kumar is also a flautist.

Born in Tiruvarur in 1934, the birthplace of Carnatic Trinity — Thyagaraja, Muthusamy Dikshitar and Shyama Shastry — Ramani had his early lessons from his maternal grandfather Azhiyur Narayanasami Iyer.

Ramani’s mother Saradambal was also well-versed in music and it was she who wanted to mould him like T.R. Mahalingam alias Mali, who was a relative. Ramani was also the winner of the Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy.

Ramani was an experimenter. The concept — Venu, Veena and Violin — in the company of Trivandram Venkatraman on veena and Lalgudi G. Jayaraman on the violin was a hit. He also played together with his childhood friend and clarinet maestro A.K.C. Natarajan and even with K.V. Nararayanasamy in his vocal concert. Ramani also performed jugalbandhis with Hariprasad Chaurasia, M.S. Gopalakrishnan, N. Rajam, Pandit Viswamohan Bhat and even with later mandolin U. Srinivas.

News Courtesy : THE HINDU

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