Book Description

Almost everybody loved Madurai Mani Iyer’s music. There was an infectious spirit to the notes that he sang. It had the rickshaw puller jig, the Englishman waltz and the Carnatic lover sway. The man himself was gentleness personified. He sung neither a harsh note nor spoke a harsh word. If this was endearing in itself, remarkable was that this cheer and goodness radiated from one who was afflicted by neuritis, a debilitating disease. Inspiringly, Madurai Mani Iyer succeeded in restricting the impact of the ailment to his physique, never allowing it to once affect his music or his psyche. Old-timers recall with moist eyes his last concert, wherein he was carried to the dais on a chair. But recordings of the last concert reflect only the bubbling effervescence of his music.
The story of Madurai Mani Iyer is about a musician who immortalized the joy of song.

“Madurai Mani Iyer – The Joy of Song” is the world’s first graphic biography of one of Carnatic music’s most beloved vocalists. This book is a Collector’s edition, with authentic photographs, the autograph of the maestro (a true rarity, owing to the nature of his illness) and graphic depictions that portray with remarkable accuracy the feel of the times. The script has been thoroughly researched and this tight 24 page edition is complete in all respects, as has been endorsed whole-heartedly by acclaimed musician Sri TV Sankaranarayanan, the maestro’s nephew and musical heir.

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“A ‘must read’ book for Sri. Madurai Mani Iyer’s innumerable rasikas as it gives a close insight into the life and times of one of the greatest musicians of all time.”

Sangita Kalanidhi
Sri. T.V. Sankaranarayanan