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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Memorial

"Chowdiah was like a lion. Nobody possessed his courage, conviction, and musical skills. It is time an endowment is started in the name of Chowdiah either in the University of Mysore or Madras..."
- T. Sadasivam (Husband of the renowned singer M.S. Subbalakshmi)

To generations and generations of human beings in the future, not only would his memorial in the shape of a huge and beautiful violin in the very cosmopolitan city of Bangalore, India, provide a venue for both budding and virtuoso performances for future times, but in some ways it would go down in the pages of world history as the only memorial to exist for a musician of any instrument. Greater still would be the hope that visitors viewing the Memorial from all around the globe (not to mention the country’s own young citizens) would likely perk up at some given moment to ask “Who is Chowdiah?” and “Why is this building shaped like a violin?” and in some ways learn a little of a memorable musical past.