Srimathi K. Meenakshi
A tribute to the award winning Ghatam maker from Tamil Nadu
by Aparna Karthikeyan
It is very sad news: Shrimathi K. Meenakshi, award winning Ghatam maker, died on 7th November, 2017. I met her in her house about two years ago. Valuthy Sir, a friend and contact in Sivagangai district told me about her, and one drizzly December morning, we visited Manamadurai.
Now she’s gone. She’s taken with her her remarkable skill, that great simplicity, and the ability – quite literally – to shoulder the pain.
What a loss for the music world.
What a loss for the art world.
What a giant loss for all of us – we can never sit in the verandah outside a little house in a tiny village near Sivagangai and observe one of the greatest craftswomen of this country, quietly beating mud until it makes a beautiful music…