NãmaSmaran 2014

Sri  V  Neelakantan,  an  octogenarian  is  the  son  of  Sri  B  N  Venkatarama  Iyer  and  Smt. Bragannayaki,  natives  of  Brahmadesam, Tirunelveli.  A  Post  graduate  in Engineering  and  a  gold-medalist  of  his  batch,  he  retired  holding  a  very  senior position in  the  Engineering Dept of the Govt of Tamilnadu. He has been an ardent devotee of Brahmasri Gopalakrishna Bhagavataswamy (Appa) & Brahmasri Sanjeevi Bhagavataswamy (Anna). He obtained his initial training in Sampradaya bhajan from Sri Puttarjuna Bhagavatar, father of Sri K P Rangasubramania Bhagavatar (Ranganna).  Sri Neelakantan  used  to  enthusiastically  participate  along with  ‘Ranganna’ Bhagavatar  and  Dave  Bhagavatar in all Bhajans specially Unchavrithi  Bhajans forming  a renowned  ‘Trio’  of Bhagavatars. Sri Neelakantan is a founder member of Panduranga Bhajan Mandali of Triplicane Chennai.  Apart from Sampradaya, he is adept in rendering Abhangs too.  He used to frequently visit Pandharpur to pay obeisance to Vittobha.

He was a regular at the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanthi Utsavam at Pudukkottai. In recent years he has been attending all Utsavams at the Sri Sridhara Ayyaval Mutt, Thiruvisanallur and Sri Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamigal Adhishtanam, Govindapuram.  Sri V Neelakantan through his eighty years of  Life’s journey seem to send a unique message to bhaktas that one could with ease combine the duties of a responsible public servant with one’s own  spiritual  pursuits  complementing  each other.  More importantly, infusing one’s own repertoire and methods of singing as one renders the traditional South Indian form of Sampradya Bhajan or Abhangs or Kirtans!  For  after  all  they  are normally  lyrical, expressing  love  for  the  Divine  and  gleanings  from  anecdotes  and  episodes from  scriptures,  the teachings  of  saints  and  descriptions  of  gods!


Also see R Sri R (‘Salem’) Subramanian

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