Tribute: Annapurni Subramaniam, senior veena teacher

Annapurni Subramaniam, wife of C K S Mani, and a student of renowned veena vidwan late R Pitchumani Iyer, passed away on November 28.  She was 90 years old.

Annapurni was a resident of Abiramapuram for 35 years before moving to a senior citizens’ home seven years ago.

Her sister Kasthuri recalls her as a passionate veena teacher who had students of all ages – from tiny tots to elderly women – coming home to learn the art. “She used to love arranging concerts of her students in temples.  She also encouraged them to participate in various stage performances in school too,” said Kasthuri.

The family recalls that Annapurni was much loved by her students; they would spend long hours learning the to play the veena and then share their personal experiences with her.  She used to love visiting the Anjaneyar Temple in Alwarpet and Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple.

Annapurni loved tailoring and embroidery as well.

Annapurni was a homemaker and her husband, C K S Mani worked for Indian Airlines.

“She was a strong woman and we used to admire her for her willpower,” says Kasthuri, adding that Annapurni has visited many different countries.

Hailing from Kerala, Annapurni spoke Malayalam, Tamil and English. She did her schooling at St Ebbas and her college in Kerala.

Annapurni was the second child among five siblings. Her family can be reached at 9380812603 /9566056607