GURU KAARAIKKUDI MANI who has made the art of percussion synonymous with his name was most deservedly felicitated by us (deciples) for having completed a golden half-century of significant contribution to Carnatic music in the genre of percussion.
Titles and awards have been showered on sir, but not one to rest on his laurels, Sir works with evangelical zeal to make the international musical fraternity appreciate and applaud the role of rhythm in any system of music in general, and Carnatic music in particular.
It was only appropriate that at the colourful function at the Narada Gana Sabha auditorium a large audience of friends and admirers were present to wish Mani sir all the best in the future.
His oldest disciple, Swaminathan, presented him with the keys of a Hyundai Accent car from all the students as a mark of affection and respect. The first disciple of Mani sir, R. Ramesh was the recipient of the latest edition of Layamani Layam.