February 2nd, 2010
INDIA, February 2, 2010: Sundaram Rajam, a multifaceted artist that embodied South Indian culture in many forms, has passed away on January 29.
His story began many decades ago. During the dawn of the 1930s, Papanasam Sivan, the classical Carnatic Music maestro and Thamizh Thyagaiah, then virtually unknown, relocated in search of greener pastures in Madras, the cultural capital of south India then and now. Here he taught Sivan taught music to a friend’s children, the eldest son, a handsome artistic teenager, and his sister Jayalakshmi.
This handsome lad, hardly 16 and stunningly charismatic with a wide array of inborn talents and acquired skills was Sundaram Rajam, who became the first disciple of Papanasam Sivan in Madras. The guru boarded with the affluent amiable lawyer during his early days in Madras.
Rajam learnt classical Carnatic music under the soon-to-be-famous teacher and quickly acquired a high degree of proficiency and professional skills. Being a lawyer’s son, his education was not neglected either. He studied at the famous P.S. High School, then on North Mada Street, Mylapore.
He had a flair for drawing and painting, and to encourage such artistic traits, his father had him admitted into the famous Madras School of Arts in Park Town.
Music… Painting… and acting, too.
Rajam lived a full life of achievements in many a field of creative activity and shall be ever remembered as a shining example of Mylapore culture.