Monday, March 7, 2011

Book on M.K.Thyagaraja Bhagavathar



At long last a definitive work on the life of MKT.

I wonder if Passion is also transmitted through Genes ? Some years ago , in 2000 to be exact, I met a Mr Bala (Balakrishnan) who was a retired Bank Officer and one of MKT's biggest fans. He had written a small booklet in Tamil on the Films etc of MKT. We were in touch for a while and then I lost contact....

Two days ago my friend Kavithalaya Krishnan wanted to get a book on MKT in English , to which my answer was - not to my knowledge (barring articles on him by Randor guy ) ... then he came up to me this morning with a wonderful book....I was stunned to say the least...Immediately I went to meet the Author , a young man, born probably after MKT died , and he turned out to be Mr Bala's son.... Mr Suresh Balakrishnan , he is an advocate by profession and had done his legal studies in England. He seems to have inherited his fathers passion for MKT and the result is this book - all 514 Pages of it.

There has been tremendous research and I sure see a labour of Love. I have scanned the Book in full and have read the first 50 pages - am actually writing this blog in the gap between reading. It has a very exhaustive account of the Lakshmikanthan Murder Case and being an advocate he has analysed it very well and dispassionately. Indeed , many a small error , found in Randor's writing of the case has been corrected here.

He has in London , collected some material , especially the coverage of the Trial by "The Mail" Newspaper and also to the film archives in Poona - where he even watched MKT's first film "Pavalakodi" in the archives... wonder why the archives have not bothered to release it as a DVD for all to see, after all it is the EARLIEST TAMIL TALKIE available.... Wish the K.Subrahmanyam family will take it up.

The book is being sold at Higginbothams , he has not been able get through Landmark/ Cross word etc....A pity , wish some Book Distributor helps him do so. The Book costs Rs 495 , and every paise is well worth it.

He may be contacted at
catch.suresh@yahoo.com
New No 22 Devanathan Street
R A Puram , Chennai - 600028

PS - I am not his Press agent....ha ha ha....but would like every film buff who loved the early Musicals and the Music makers to read this work.

13 comments:

Angayarkanni said...

You are trule Amazingg ..to bring this to our NOTICE!!!!

As you said, I guess..Yeahh!!!
Passion is also transmitted through Genes!!! :-)

Hope u ll complete 514 pages soon...and transfer more n more knowledge on dis :-)

Cheeerz,
Angay A C

jayaram said...

really nice narration as well showing d interest abt the great man who gone in wind jst bcz of a unknown error....no one is indispensable....

Rakesh Kumar said...

Wonderful, sir. Hope you will write more about the book, once you are done with it. Thanks for sharing.

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Good information Sir!

Anonymous said...

amazing . .

shivaaji said...

Thanks di for the info

shivaaji said...

thanks di for the info....

ASAZ said...

spirit can be inherited through genes

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Anonymous said...

ஏங்க..சும்மா..சும்மா இங்கிலீஸ்லேயே எழுதினா எங்கள் மாதிரியான பாமரங்க எப்படி படிக்கிறது...தமிழ்லேயும் எழுதுங்க..இங்கிலீஸ் ஒன்னும் விளங்க மாட்டேங்குது..!

”ஆரண்ய நிவாஸ்”ஆர்.ராமமூர்த்தி said...

Really fine Sir!

Harikrishnan Appayi said...

Iniya vazhthukkal!
Thanks for sharing...me too in a humble search of what had happened in the life of the first Superstar in Tamil...
Regards!
Harikrishnan Appayi Achari

anba said...

Is this book still available ? Just curious!

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