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Palghat Mani Iyer

He was the first mridangam vidwan to receive the Sangeeta Kalanidhi and Padma Bhushan.

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RJ: Srividya

Palghat Mani Iyer

He was the first mridangam vidwan to receive the Sangeeta Kalanidhi and Padma Bhushan.

This programme featuring renditions with Palghat Mani Iyer on the mridangam is in connection with his death anniversary on May 30.

Palghat T S Mani Iyer (1912–1981) took the percussion world by storm with his unique style, anticipating the main artistes singing sangathis and swara patterns and playing accordingly. However, he was careful never to upstage the main performer. Palghat Mani Iyer accompanied Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar for the first time in the late 1920s. This was the beginning of an era of one of the great combinations on the Carnatic music stage of Iyengar and Mani Iyer, which continued for nearly five decades. Ariyakudi and Mani Iyer made a good team which was a big draw for the rasikas. That was the beginning of Mani Iyer's journey as a respected and popular mridangam vidwan.

Mani Iyer teamed up with Palani Subramania Pillai playing kanjira in a few concerts. From the late 1940s onwards, Mani Iyer formed a formidable pair along with GNB and also teamed up with the Alathur Brothers to great acclaim. Later on, he began accompanying the next generation of musicians like K V Narayanaswamy, D K Jayaraman and M L Vasanthakumari. Even today, for most people, Palghat Mani Iyer is the last word in mridangam.

Songs in this Program