It is said that only once in ten centuries such great scholar is born. But in my case, God has been so gracious and kind to me. My father, the Mridanga Scholar Mani Iyer and my Mother in law D K Pattammal both lived in the 19 century!

Born as the daughter of the ‘Mridanga Mani’ Mani Iyer and becoming a daughter in law of ‘sangeetha saraswathi’ DKP thereby becoming a part of her family and having been with her like her shadow, I consider myself as immensely blessed! I offer a million times my profound thanks to God who gave me this rare opportunity. That I not only lived in the same times as these people but also lived with them is a pride and joy to me that shall linger in me throughout my lifetime.

Lalitha Sivakumar