Magical fingers

Print edition : December 11, 2015

Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman.

Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman at a concert in ChennaI. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Receiving the Padma Vibhushan from President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi on April 7, 2010. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

At four, playing the khanjira. Photo: By Special Arrangement

By the time he was 16, he had accompanied many great musicians. Photo: By Special Arrangement

In a concert with Madurai Mani Iyer. Photo: By Special Arrangement

With G.N. Balasubramaniam. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Accompanying Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Magical moments, with N. Ramani (flute) and Lalgudi Jayaraman (violin).

On the stage, with M. Balamuralikrishna. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Playing it for Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. Photo: By Special Arrangement

With R.K. Srikantan. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Along with Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

With Ravi Shankar and Allah Rakha. Photo: By Special Arrangement

With Martin Luther King Jr and CPI(M) leader M.A. Baby (centre). Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Flanked by Zakir Hussain and Sivamani. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Jugalbandi with the Manganiar folk singers from Rajasthan. Photo: N. Sridharan

With composer Ilaiyaraja. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

At 80, mridangam vidwan Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman is as committed to his art as ever. The veteran of more than six decades on the concert stage has rewritten the standards of the art he practises.
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