The first generation Mylaporean in the family was the late Sri. T.S. Ramakrishnan, popularly known as TSR. Between 1960 to 1975 he lived in Mylapore at Thachi Arunachalam Street (better known as Rotti Kara Street). He launched a drama club called Sri Ramakrishna Kala Manram, organised a children’s club and was involved in social services like fund raising for schools and hospitals in and around Mylapore. He helped build a Vinayagar temple at the street corner with the support of other residents.

Famous drama artists like ‘loose’ Mohan, Dr. Ganesh (Vivekananda college), Banumathi, Kanthimathi, were members of TSR’s drama troupe. Suki Sivam, M.S.Perumal (Doordarshan kendra director), Suppini, TL Maharajan came up from his children’s club. AIR never passed any Sunday without these talented persons’ programmes.

TSR performed several programmes in RR Sabha and also received an award for Social Service from Mr. Bhakthavatsalam (former Chief Minister) in the same hall on 11th September 1984 during the Bharathiyar Centenary.

His son Ganeshkrishnan, who belongs to the second generation, performed at RR Sabha, when he danced in the troupe of the famous dance-duo Natraj Shakunthala.

Now, Sahanha, daughter of Ganesh, and grand-daughter of TSR, will perform her Bharatanatyam arangetram (debut performance) on 9th September at the RR Sabha. The family requests the blessings of the Mylapore public.


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