Renowned Violinist Vidushi T.Rukmini was felicitated by a galaxy of musicians on 27th November in a grand function held at Ragasudha Hall, Chennai. The function was organised by the students of Kalaimamani Smt.T.Rukmini to celebrate 65 years of her yeomen service to the music field.

The evening commenced with a grand Nagasvaram recital by Vidwan Sri.B.Kesanna and party, ushering in a celebratory mood. A packed hall comprising many musicians and rasikas then witnessed a multimedia presentation of choice snippets from the musical career of Smt.T.Rukmini accompanying stalwarts of yesteryears. Astounded by the violin repartees of Smt.T.Rukmini the audience frequently burst into applause confirming her pre-eminence in the field. The music was interspersed with recorded messages of heartfelt appreciation from doyens in the music field who could not be present on the occasion.

Then began the felicitation function on a poignant note with an invocation song rendered by the late Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna and Smt.T.Rukmini, a find from the archives of the All India Radio. Cleveland Sri.V.V.Sundaram recollected her ability to quickly respond to all the challenges thrown at her by various musicians of yesteryears. Sri.M.Chandrasekharan said the full house present that evening was testimony to the affection one and all had for Smt.T.Rukmini. Reciting a verse in Sanskrit describing the qualities of a musician, Sri.S.R.Janakiraman said that Smt.T.Rukmini was an embodiment of all the attributes mentioned therein. Sri.T.V.Gopalakrishnan compared her pioneering services as a lady violinist in the music field to that of Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale in the dance field.  He also mentioned that the felicitation was happening rather late for an artiste who has done brilliantly on the concert stage since her teens. Sri.P.S.Narayanaswamy recalled his close ties with Smt. T.Rukmini’s family and described her as ‘ever youthful’. Madurai Sri.T.N.Seshagopalan eulogised her as one of the first female violinists who was a match for any musician on the dais. Scholar Smt. Sujatha Vijayaraghavan recalled the fond association of her mother Smt. Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan with Smt. T.Rukmini. Lalgudi Sri.G.J.R.Krishnan mentioned that Smt.T.Rukmini meticulously learnt from his father Lalgudi Sri.G.Jayaraman, the fingering and bowing techniques unique to his style of violin playing. He also said that there has been no other female violinist who accompanied such a wide spectrum of musicians.

Responding to  all the felicitations with utmost humility Smt.T.Rukmini thanked all the musicians for giving her the opportunity to accompany them. The students presented her with a gem encrusted model of a violin to mark the occasion. A website about her. www.trukmini.com. was launched by Sri.M.A.Srinivasan beloved husband of the Vidushi.

Following this the students presented a short musical offering on violin and vocals titled “Sri Gurubhyonamah’ comprising some of Smt.T.Rukmini’s compositions. They also presented a Ragam Tanam Pallavi specially composed for the occasion. They were accompanied on the mridangam by Kalaimamani Sri.J.Vaidhyanathan and on the ghatam by Dr.S.Karthick.

There was a warm glow in the hearts of all who attended this function to celebrate the musical journey of a much loved musician. Concluded Sumitra Nitin & Amirtha Murali disciples of Smt.T.Rukmini for and on behalf of all other disciples.