Retracing the heritage and musical legacy
- The Mylapore Trio
January 17, 2015
The team visited Srirangam, Thanjavur, Thiruvaiyaru, Udayalur, Gangaikondacholapuram, Kaveripumpattinam, Tharangambadi, Thirukadayur, Thirupungur, Chidambaram etc.
Thirupungur is the place where the stone Nandi, facing the lingam, is supposed to have moved from its centre spot to its right, to enable Nandanar standing outside the temple to have darshan of the Lord inside the sanctum sanctorum. It reminded us of the famous song “Vazhi maraithirukkude malaipol oru maadu paduthirukkude…”
The purpose was to study the religious, cultural and the historic significance of these places once again in a different perspective. In Thiruvaiyaru, we were astonished to see the pathetic state of the samadhi premises of saint Thyagaraja. The area was isolated, deserted, neglected, full of litter, garbage and totally distasteful, so uncared for. The samadhi of Bengaluru Nagaratnamma (who contributed her entire wealth for the cause of saint Thyagaraja) is also totally disregarded. The local families also opine that except during the time of Bahula Panchami, rest of the year the area is ignored. They also express their grievances and pour their woes for this sorry state of affairs. The team also visited the house of saint Thyagaraja (where lord Rama with his paraphernalia is supposed to have given darshan to Thyagaraja) to see the humble saintly traditional house in its originality but alas, it was a bolt from the blue to see a house entirely remodeled in a modern style including the façade and interiors. Ultimately the antiquity with its spiritual vibration and divine ambience is lost.
We felt it was very significant and meaningful to have visited the samadhis of two great personalities during the auspicious month of Margazhi – a saint composer and a Tamil Emperor whose contribution to Carnatic music and Tamizh Isai is immeasurable and unparalleled.
Today in the name of renovation, historic sites and monuments are remodeled in modern style, thereby destroying the originality, antiquity, divinity of the site. The future generation would be misled about the real lifestyle led by those great legends. It is almost a distortion of historical facts. We have visited many such “Ninaivu Illangal” (memorials) and they are totally different today from what has been seen and read earlier. For example, the birth places of M.S. Subbulakshmi at Madurai and Saint Ramana Maharishi’s birth place at Thiruchuzhi.
‘The Mylapore Trio’ are Kalakshetra alumni Dr. Amarnath, Surendranath and Aparna, who promote south Indian culture and aesthetics through the Sri Sumukhi Rajasekaran Memorial Foundation based in Chennai.