Thirupoonthuruthy Venkatesan, who dedicated his life to the propagation of Sri Krishna Leela Tarangini, the longest dance-drama in Sanskrit written by Sri Narayana Tirtha, is no more. He was 83. The sincerity with which he organised the Jayanti and Aradhana of the saint was moving. His forefathers were conducting the aradhana of the saint and the mantle fell on Venkatesan, who took it to a different level by organising festivals and Tarangam competitions. A disciple of Alathur Srinivasan Venaktesan was a top-ranking artiste of AIR and Doordarshan, his concerts broadcast several times in a span of 50 years. Thanks to Venkatesan, musicians got acquainted with many of the hymns because it was mandatory that songs should not be repeated at the festivals that he conducted. Veterans considered it an honour and aspirants a blessing to perform at the Akhandam. The Taranga Vidyalaya in Thanjavur, run by the Thirupoonthuruthy Narayana Tirtha Aradhana Committee, trains hundreds of children in the rendition of the saint’s songs. Another accomplishment of Venkatesan was the memorial that the Committee raised for Tirtha at Tirupoonthuruthy, where the saint attained samadi. A guest house with amenities and prayer hall on the banks of the Cauvery was raised with funds he collected from philanthropists. The family parted with their ancestral house to complete the project.
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