Reproduced here is a tribute to the late Sangeeta Kalanidhi Mani Krishnaswami by one of her disciples, Haripriya Ramakrishnan. We received this by email.
Dear Editor,

I was a student of Smt. Mani Krishnaswami for 2 years (1995-1997) and would like to pen a few words on my experiences with her.

To me, Mani Mami was much more than a teacher. She was a friend, counsel and guide, and had exceeding patience and a keen interest in teaching. From her, I not only learnt music, but also good manners, behaviour, correct facial expressions, and respect for human spirit without other considerations, to name a few. Every second that I spent with her, I consider precious.

Her belief in the foundations of music was tremendous. I realized the true significance of Sarali Varisai, its practise, correct pronounciation of lyrics and the meanings of kritis that I learnt from her. Every year on Vijayadasami, Mami made her students sing Sarali Varisai first, thus instilling in them the foundations of progress for the next year.


Posted on August 24, 2002


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