Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar

Chembai was an institution... At that time I played many concerts with the great Chembai
Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar as also Palghat Mani Iyer. Chembai told me: "I have sung with five
generations of musicians, I know your talent. You will not make a single paise from medicine.
 In the mastery of the violin you will be a chakravarthy (emperor)".

- Dr. L.Subramaniam, in an interview.

Anna (Chembai) & Iyengarval (Ariyakudi) are like my two eyes
- Palghat Mani Iyer

CONTENTS

Introduction
Chembai - The Guru
Chembai - The Composer
Chembai's Sidemen
Early Life
'The Smiling Buddha' - B.V.K.Sastry
'Recollections of a neighbour' - G.B.Rajasekar
'Memories of Chembai' - T.R.Rajamani
'Music of the maestro' - Calcutta K.S.Krishnamurti
'Chembai - A Karmayogi' - C.D.Ayyar
'Heaven, so long it lasted' - L.R.Lakshmi
'My Spiritual Guide' - Poomulli Parameswaran Namboodiri
'An Exemplar' - H.H. Manku Thampuran
'A night to remember' - R.B.Nayar
'Valuable Village Connections' - P.A.Raman
Chembai's Quotes
His Last Day
Anecdotes about Chembai
Recordings of Chembai
News/ Events
Links to related websites
Chembai Discussion Thread
Chembai Fan Page (Facebook)