Son of the late Sulochana Pattabhiraman, eminent musician and musicologist, he was a member of the Executive Committee of The Music Academy.
Gentle big… that might finest describe P. Vasanth Kumar, musician, mentor and author, who handed away on Saturday. He was 68.
He is survived by his spouse, a son and daughter.
Son of the late Sulochana Pattabhiraman, eminent musician and musicologist, he was a member of the Executive Committee of The Music Academy. It was within the firm of the seven notes that he grew up, actually, imbibing one of the best from veterans.
He carried his scholarship with aplomb and uncommon humility. A devoted trainer, he imparted his data holding nothing again, very very similar to his mom. After her demise, he took her younger disciples below his wings, making the transition easy. He not solely nurtured expertise, however helped benefit discover platform.
A dependable useful resource individual for The Hindu Friday Review, he contributed flawless write-ups. His radar would choose up any errors in studies on music.
A gifted disciple of the doyen Pitchumani Iyer, Vasanth Kumar was a torchbearer of that pristine legacy, his veena producing pure melody. A connoisseur of all kinds of music, he was an ardent fan of MLV. “It turned out that we named him completely,” chuckled his mom as soon as, speaking about Vasanth’s adoration of the genius.
“He had particulars about MLV’s concert events on his fingertips,” says violin exponent Kanyakumari, for whom Vasanth was like a brother. He had an encyclopaedic data of music to whom we may flip to clear any doubt,” she says.
“I’ve misplaced a real buddy and an trustworthy critic of my music,” says Sudha Ragunathan. “His massive coronary heart and open thoughts made him recognize good music, no matter the parampara,” she provides.
Recording his condolences on social media, historian V. Sriram mentioned “Carnatic music has misplaced a scholar and nice vainika within the passing of P. Vasanth Kumar, for lengthy a committee member of the Music Academy, and above all a pricey buddy of mine… At the Madras Music Academy he was a committee member who knew his music concept and put it to good use.”