January 1, 1924 —- May 24, 2007

Mr. R. Ramachandran, popularly known as RRC, the Founder Secretary of Hamsadhwani passed away on May 24th. 2007 at an age of 83.

Born on January 1, 1924, RRC did his schooling and college in Chennai, A respected journalist, he worked for various newspapers such as Free Press Journal, The Indian Express, The Economic Times and The Hindu. An ardent cricket player, journalist and civic activist, a founding member of the Civic Exnora movement in Chennai, he served the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for many years, apart from editing Straight Bat, the monthly cricket magazine.

After his retirement, RRC’s love for the cause of music led him to start Hamsadhwani in South Chennai in August 1990. Ramachandran was presented the ‘Kalaimamani’ award (in 1999) by the Tamil Nadu government for his promotion of the arts. His service to the cause of music earned him the Kala Sevak title of the Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust and the Sangita Seva Niratha title given by the Delhi Music Trust.

His innovative and creative thinking was responsible for Hamsadhwani starting its extremely popular NRI music festival in December, which enables musicians from abroad to perform in Chennai. His acceptance of emerging trends without compromising on traditional values won the regard and affection of young and old alike to draw one and all into the fold of the Hamsadhwani family.

Always open to suggestions, his approach was characterised by sensitivity, simplicity and quiet dignity mixing wit and wisdom.

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