Namaskara & Welcome!
T.B. Narasimhachar (April 15, 1915 – Nov 23, 1988) was a well-known personality in Bangalore’s Carnatic music circles. He wrote music reviews under the pen name of ‘Saragrahi’ (pronounced “Saaragraahi”, meaning ‘connoisseur’ in Sanskrit). He was also one of the founders and the first secretary of Malleswaram Sangeetha Sabha and worked towards its growth and success as long as he lived.
This website is a labor of love for all of us in his family. This is our tribute to his deep love for Carnatic music and relentless efforts towards building a strong and vibrant music scene in Bangalore. Always a behind-the-scenes man who believed in preserving history (when it was not fashionable or easy to do so), it seems fitting that T.B.Narasimhachar (TBN) should get an easily accessible website full of historical information to remember him by.
In spite of it being a family project, we have tried to stay away from hyperbole and provided as much references and documentation as were available to us.
Apart from what we already knew about him (mainly through his eldest daughter Smt. Aravinda), we pieced together aspects of his personal life based on family photo albums and an interview that appeared in the Kannada magazine ‘Taranga’.
We spoke to a few senior musicians about their association with TBN. They had interesting personal anecdotes to share.
Malleswaram Sangeetha Sabha was another valuable source, with some lovely black and white photos and old issues of their in-house bulletin ‘Nadopasana’. We have put together a section devoted to TBN’s contributions to the Sabha, peppered with many photos.
We have uploaded a sampling of his newspaper writings that we extracted from scrap books that TBN had maintained. Unfortunately scrapbooks of his articles in Kannada were destroyed in a pest infestation.
Who is this for?
We hope the information provided will be of historical interest to students of music and journalism, musicians/musicologists and Carnatic music lovers the world over. Some of you may enjoy a trip down memory lane with the pictures of an earlier era. Others may like reading through few of TBN’s concert reviews and write ups on musicians of those decades. Although designed to be an archival website, your interest in the contents will keep the website very much alive. We would love to hear from you with any additional documentation/information/photographs or your opinion on any of the topics here.
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