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Profiles of Artistes, Composers, Musicologists
Unless otherwise specified, the profiles in this section are from
The Garland, Another Garland, Yet Another Garland and The Fragrant Garland by Mr.N.Rajagopalan
T.R. HARIHARA SARMA - PERCUSSIONIST.............(b. January 4, 1904)
Having passed the Teacher's training course at the Thanjavur Government School, Harihara Sarma got employed as a teacher. But his ardent desire lay in percussion; and so he quit the job after a year. He underwent a full course of training for three years under the stalwart percussionist, Thanjavur Vaidyanatha Ayyar. Later, he joined the Annamalai University for another two years' training under the famous Ponniah Pillai. Arriving at Chennai, he was participating in concerts and was working as teacher too for sometime.

Harihara Sarma met with an accident when he slipped from the electric tram, which was then plying at Chennai and this resulted in his being handicapped from playing on mridangam. Undaunted, he took to morsing. He had been giving special tuitions to numerous disciples, among whom Karaikudi Mani, K.M.Vaidyanathan and his sons T.H.Vinayak Ram and T.H.Subashchandran have distinguished themselves. The stature of the master finds reflection in the ebullient rendition of the disciples, their wide practice and popularity in and out of India. He has founded an Institution - Sri Jaya Ganesa Talavadya Vidyalaya, Chennai which has acquired much importance. He has published "Methods to learn mridangam" - 2 volumes.

Kalaimamani from Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram