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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sri T R Mahalingam - Flute
Sri T R Mahalingam, a muiscal Genius
(Yours sincerely with Mali Sir)
I was fortunate to know Sri Mahalingam personally and shared my moments with him in some places.
I will not make any personal comments here, but bring a few words from a book “Carnatic Summer” written by Sriram. V, a well known writer in music circles.
I have my own reservations about the way he has written about various people in the book.
However, his comments are not to be brushed aside.
This is what he wrote in the beginning of the article on Mali Sir.
When Semmangudi srinivasa Iyer was asked to list the great geniuses of Carnatic music, he thought of only three names – ‘Flute’ Mali, T N Rajarathinam Pillai and Palghat Mani Iyer. That Mali or T R Mahalingam, though the youngest of the three had come first to the mind of the grand sire of music spoke eloquently of his unquestioned virtuosity on the flute. He was, in many ways, the flute equivalent of Rajarathinam Pillai on the nagaswaram. When Mali was in the mood, he played some of the finest melodies on his flute, enchanting his listeners and taking them on the path to musical nirvana. He did not just please his listeners; he would also move their hearts.
This recording being presented here is unusual. There is no Violin accompaniment.
Knowledgeable people should tell whether there was a concert without Violin, or this is a special recording. I got this recording from the collection of my good friend Late N S Srinivasan, a disciple of Mali sir.
There is only one item in the hour long recording.