July 20th, 2022
Is that a nightingale or is that Nithyasree?
The aura of a day in December kutcheri season filled the air on the 20th of July as everybody waited with bated breath for Isai perarasi Dr Nithyasree’s speech.
The evening commenced with a heartening rendition of the invocation song by Rtn.Sudha Sudeep’s spouse, Sudeep, followed by the President’s announcement of the club’s enviable activities. As the day chair, Rtn. Ramki aptly took us through the history of classical music and miraculously managed to fit in his introduction, a large part of Dr Nithyasree’s experience and background in classical music.
Then came the most awaited part of the day, as Dr Nithyasree commenced the speech fittingly giving thanks to her immortal grandmother Smt. DK Pattammal who has been her constant inspiration in the musical journey of her life. She fondly recalled her grandmother’s proverb, “கற்றது கை மண் அளவு, கல்லாதது உலகளவு” (Roughly translating to: what one knows is only a handful and the unknown is the size of the Universe).
While we did expect to be bowled over by her rich experience and knowledge in the world of music, we were even further impressed by her humility. No climb up the hill is easy and Dr Nithyasree specifically recalls being criticized for “not signing like her grandmother”. She was a fortunate stalwart for she had another stalwart’s support. Her bold and beautiful grandmother was quick to console her, saying “I’m there to sing like me, you sing like yourself”.
Dr Nithyasree clinches this as one of the crucial sources of motivation during the rough terrains of her career. Fondly recalling attending kutcheris with her grandmother and practicing daily with her, Dr Nithyasree gracefully signed off her peroration.
The vote of thanks was given by VA Ramash and the audience quickly gathered at the Adai and Aviyal counter, bringing the day’s inspiring meet to a tasteful end.
Rtn Shakthi Iyer