T. Ranganathan

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Tanjore Ranganathan
Birth name Tanjore Ranganathan
Born (1925-03-13)13 March 1925
Chennai, India
Died 22 December 1987(1987-12-22) (aged 62)
Middletown, Connecticut, USA
Nationality Indian
Known for karnatic music - drumming
Spouse(s) Edwina Ranganathan
Children Arun Ranganathan, Sudhama Ranganathan
Relatives T. Viswanathan (brother), T. Balasaraswathy (sister)

Tanjore Ranganathan (born Madras, India, March 13, 1925 - died December 22, 1987) was a Carnatic musician specializing in percussion instruments, particularly the mridangam, having studied under Palani Subramaniam Pillai.[1]

Ranganathan began performing professionally in 1938. At the California Institute of the Arts and Wesleyan University he taught many non-Indians Carnatic music, including Robert E. Brown, John Bergamo, Jon B. Higgins, Douglas Knight, David Nelson, Royal Hartigan, David Moss, Glenn "Rusty" Gillette, and Craig Woodson. He began teaching at Wesleyan in 1963, becoming that university's first Artist in Residence in Music.

Ranganathan's brother was the Carnatic flute player and vocalist T. Viswanathan (1927-2002). The two recorded the music for the Satyajit Ray documentary film Bala (1976), about their sister, the bharatanatyam dancer Balasaraswati.

The American composer Henry Cowell composed the mridangam part in his Madras Symphony especially for T. Ranganathan.

Ranganathan died after a long illness, at the age of 62. He was survived by his wife Edwina, and sons Suddhama and Arun.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Tanjore Ranganathan, Drummer, 62". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 24 December 1987. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 

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