About my Grand Uncle Azhiyur Sri Narayanaswami Iyer:
Born in 1878 he was a pillar to the whole family. He used to sing, play instruments like flute, violin, veena, harmonium (those days - they played with legs i.e. kaalharmonium). This was a special feature. He was also proficient in percussion instruments like Mridangam and Kanjira. He used to give regular concerts. He has taught all the instruments to his daughters. His eldest daughter Sharadhamba is the mother of N. Ramani. He passed away in 1941.
Azhiyur Natesa Iyer:
Born in September 1893 he had his initiation in vocal music and mridangam from his own brother - Azhiyur Narayanaswami Iyer, but he specialised only in playing mridangam. He had taught the concert playing technique to my mothers. He had accompanied artistes like Sri Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, Sri Mudikondan Venkatrama Iyer, Plate Venkatrama Iyer, Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Sri. Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, Flute Mali etc. He had traveled widely with India. His involvement both in layam and sangeetham enabled him to train his daughters Smt. Kunjumani and Smt. Neela to become full fledged flautists
Details of rightside 3rd group photo
My Family:Top standing( L to R): Brother - V. Kannan,Sisters Husband - Chandrasekaran,Father K.S. Venkatraman - the key person in encouraging all into music,Husband - Chandrasekar.
Sitting - Middle Row ( L to R):Sister in Law - Usha Kannan, Sister - Mythili Chandrasekhar - Flute Lecturer in Government Music College - (retired) Chennai, Mother - Neela, Aunt - Kunjumani, Myself .
Sitting - Lower Row (L to R): Nephew - Karthik Kannan plays Flute, Now in USA. Niece - Aparna Kannan, now into vocal training, Nephew - Gurucharan, sister's son, well known promising young vocalist, Niece Lavanya - M.Phil Mathematics , also plays the flute. sister's daughter - sister of Gurucharan.