London Kendra
Shradhanjali
We regret to announce the sad demise of Sivasakthi Sivanesan, 'Aunty' to all at the Bhavan. Vidushi Sivasakthi was a revered and incomparable teacher of South Indian classical music, both vocal and veena. She joined in 1984 and was an outstanding member of the teaching staff at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London. She was trained both in Sri Lanka and India. Moreover, Sivasakthi was also trained in Bharatanatyam and was therefore an incomparable asset for the classical South Indian dance performances at Bhavan and elsewhere.
As a teacher she had an uncanny knack of bonding with her students of all ages, from infants to the elderly. The love and respect - nay awe - in which all held her was itself a testament to her commitment to her subject and the discipline that is required of any serious student of Carnatic music.
Smt Sivasakthi Sivanesan was the greatest single figure in the preservation and furtherance of South Indian classical music in Britain and no doubt elsewhere in Europe and Australia.
A long illness forced her gradually to retreat from public and professional appearances. In this regard, one must acknowledge the enormous support given to her by her dear husband Sri K. Sivanesan. Always in the background, he was ever there for her.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.
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