Quote of the day

From The Hindu‘s article on a meeting of women bank officers: 
“It is often said that there is a woman behind every successful man. But how often have we heard of a man behind a successful woman?” asked chief guest I. B. Vijayalakshmi, cardiologist at the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology. “You have not heard of one perhaps because such a man does not exist,” she added. 
  1. Ram said:

    Such a man does…or rather did…exist. Think of Sadasivam, i.e., M.S. Subbalakshmi’s husband.

    The following excerpts will clarify my point:

    “Her marriage with Sri T Sadasivan in 1940 proved to be a fortuitous one for her, for in her husband she found not only a loving partner but also a great guide. In spite of being an extremely busy man, her husband never tried to come in the way of MS’s professional career.” (Source: The Tribune, Sunday, March 19, 2000.)

    “Sadasivam provided her the right platform to peruse her first love – music, by opening up the right sort of opportunities and providing an appropriate platform. …It perhaps was not possible for anybody other than Sadasivam to carve out such an outstanding professional life for her.” (Source: Writer’s BlogK)

    “When the title of Sangita Kalanidhi was conferred on her in 1968, she thanked Sadasivam in her speech at the Madras Music Academy and described him as her “friend, philosopher and guide”. Sadasivam guided and moulded MS’s music and concerts to perfection.” (Source: http://www.teluguone.com)

    I add that a chance mmeting with M.S. Subbalakshmi and her husband nearly 10 years back had already confirmed all the above statements in my mind (much before I read them).

  2. Nithya V. Raman said:

    Dear Ram, Thanks for reading and commenting! I appreciate all my readers very much. I read about the relationship between Sadasivam and M.S. Subbalakshmi when she passed away. If I remember correctly, there was some speculation that Sadasivam was extremely controlling. However, your point is well taken. I think he had a very positive role to play in bringing M.S.’s talent to wider notice. And what a gift for all of us! –Nithya

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