KCP – The Incredible Mr. “TAS-Mani” Passes On.


We are sad about the news that the great musician Mr.Mani died at the age of 83 years on the 14th of March 2020.



Together with his wife Rama Mani (vocals) and the Karnataka College of Percussion he was guest on 2 of our albums. The days in the studio were an extraordinary inspiring and human experience.
Also admirable was his openness to all styles of music and to play with musicians from different cultures.

We keep a master of rhythm in our memories and are in thoughts with his wife /// International Noise Orchestra


T.A.S.Mani - Karnataka Colle Of Percussion

His title was Ganakalabhushana Mridanga Chakravarthy Dr. T A S Mani. His name, Thodikolam Arunachalam Subramaniam or TAS Mani (aka “TAS-Mani” or simply, Mr. Mani to his friends and fans in Europe), passed away very suddenly in Bangalore on the 14th of March, 2020. He was 83.

An extraordinary musician, a mridangam player par excellence, known not only for his rhythmic knowledge and brilliance, but for his tasteful accompaniment that enhanced the performances of Carnatic music legends like MS Subbulakshmi, DK Pattammal, MD Ramanthan, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Lalgudi Jayaraman, S Balachander, S Ramanathan, Doreswamy Iyengar, to name just a few. TAS Mani was classified in the Top A category of the AIR roster of musicians and had, over many decades, been featured in National Program concerts and Sangeet Sammelan festivals. He was a faculty member of the Bangalore Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and visiting Professor at the Music Department of Bangalore University.


More about his artistic life/// An obituary by Ramesh Shotham


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