Saturday 2 June 2012
Maha Periyava's Maha Jayanthi (Anuradha Nakshathram)on June 4th, 2012.
Each day till January 9th passed at a snail's pace. I developed high fever on Jan.8th, took a crocin and headed for Egmore Railway Station to board Pandian Express for my concert in Madurai on the next day. I was cut off from practically everything except for packing and changing my veena strings due to fever on 8th, maybe my impatience to rush to Kanchipuram made me feverish!!
On January 9th morning, I got off the train and shivered in the chill morning breeze, my fever not yet gone.
I dragged my feet behind the railway porter and the sabha's representative who had come to receive me.
As I weakly gazed around my attention was captured by huge blowup pics of Maha Periyava displayed outside the big book stall on the platform.
I stood rooted to the spot while my shocked gaze took in word by word and in slow motion headlines announcing Maha Periyava's departure from this world leaving behind all of us.
Initially I wanted to cancel my concert that evening, but well wishers advised me to perform as a homage to Maha Periyava.
Remebering that He liked Hindolam and Keeravani I rendered the same elaborately, apart from Maithreem Bhajatha, Bhaja Govindam and many many devotional krithis.
As years have rolled by, I am convinced that Maha Periyava is alive, with and within all His devotees.