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Dr.N.RAMANI - FLAUTIST.............(b. October 15, 1934)
Ramani's rendition on his flute was so grand, sparkling and captivating that there was a chorus of praise. His enthralling play was specially commended by Maharajapuram V.Santhanam, the prominent vocalist. Ramani is prolific, romantic and stylish in his play rich with subtelity, nuances and creativity. The tone is soft, sweet and free from blemishes and bristles. The music is irresistible. Flute Ramani belongs to a family where music is a tradition. His grandfather, Narayana Ayyar was a flautist. Ramani was playing on flute from his boyhood under the inspiration of his grandfather. He had his regular training under T.R.Mahalingam, a prodigy of unique brilliance and legendary fame. Ramani himself has quite a large number of disciples and they have joined in an exclusive flute circle styled "Ramani's Academy of Flute' in 1983.

Ramani followed his mentor in a concert at the age of eleven at the RAsika Ranjani Sabha, Madras. Perhaps he is the youngest boy-flautist to do so. Since then, he has been at the top here, there and everywhere with a heavy schedule to contend with in India and abroad. All India Radio, Television or Sabha, every series has a berth for him. His concerts rich in raga bhava and laya attract the connoisseur and the lay. He is versatile at all the pitches. At concerts, he is a picture of composure, dedication and dignity.

The renowned flautist has been honoured with the titles 'Kalaimamani' by the Tamil Nady Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram and 'Saptagiri Sangita Vidwan Mani' by the TTD, besides the Sangita Nataka Academy Award in 1985. Was TamilNadu Government Artiste, 1981. He was a pioneer along with Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute) in promoting 'jugalbandhis' in 1971 followed by another in 1987.

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