Nathaswaram Vidwan Alaveddy N.K.Pathmanathan passes away
[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 July 2003, 12:00 GMT]
The world renowned Sri Lankan Nathaswara Vidwan Alaveddy N.K.Pathmanathan passed away peacefully at the age of seventy one and his cremation was held
in Jaffna Thursday morning at Kombayanmanal cemetery amid thousand of mourners praising his contribution to the Nathaswara music for about half a
century in Sri Lanka. sources said.
Leading citizens of many walks of life including Jaffna district
parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah, Jaffna University Vice Chancellor
Professor C.Mohanadas, Professors Mr. A.Shanmugathas, Mr.K. Sittampalam,
Mr.V.Gaopalakrishna Ayer and Mr.S.Sivalingarasa attended the cremation,
Alaveddy. N.K.Pathmanathan passed away in Colombo on Tuesday
after a brief illness. His body was brought
to Jaffna Wednesday for cremation.
On Thursday morning his body was taken
in a procession to the Kombayanmanal cemetery from his house at Kilner Lane
in Jaffna town. Hundreds of thousands of his fans followed the funeral
procession to the cemetery, sources said.
Mr. N.K.Pathmanathan was born in 1932 at Alaveddy north in Jaffna. His
father, late Mr.Kanthasamy was a leading Thavil (Drum) Vidwan in early days.
Mr.Pathmanathan studied Nathaswaram music under his father. Thereafter he
became a student of another Nathaswara Vidwan Kondavil
Mr.M.P.M.Thirunavukkarasu, sources said.
He held his Nathaswaram recitals in many parts of the world including London, Germany, France, Singapore,
Malaysia, Canada, Australia and India. He was conferred with the title "Nathaswaram Isai Chakravarthi" (Emperor of Nathaswaram Music) by several
He was holding the post of Asthana Nathaswaram
Vidwan of the historic Nallur Kandasamy Temple for over forty-one years,
Recognizing his contribution to the development of Nathaswaram music, the
Government of Sri Lanka conferred on him the title "Kalasuri". He was the
first Nathaswaram Vidwan who was conferred with the State Award , sources said.