T.K.Ramachandran, entered the IAS in the year 1991 and has handled several important assignments in the Tamilnadu cadre with distinction. At school, TK received many prizes and awards for his musical talents. He has performed extensively in Chennai and several other cities in India and in the US. It was in IIT Delhi that he got tuned to music once again.
It is not every day that you come across a bureaucrat-musician and if he happens to be someone as excellent and humble as T.K. Ramachandran, you can’t help but heap laurels on him. Presently with the Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. as the managing director, this Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer, comes out as a most genial person and a wonderful musician at that! After his first concert in the city recently, Ramachandran comes across as candid and cordial person.
Once he got into the IAS, music had to take a backseat with his work-loaded postings in districts. Marriage and kids only added to the state of affairs though the passion did never leave him. Being a diligent officer, he took to his duties in right earnest leaving all personal pursuits behind. “My district postings as Collector took a heavy toll on my music practice,” he explains.
His concerts and his grading at the AIR (B high) however sing a different note. Ramachandran has emerged a professional singer if his stage recitals are anything to go by. For all those skeptical souls who pledge by music that it has to be pursued with no other avocation on hand, Ramachandran defies this archaic concept and has proved that a matured intellectual is able to imbibe the nuances of classical singing rather quickly, realise the objective of real music, aim at it and achieve it. What else can one ask for? Last but not the least surprising is that the Tamil Nadu officer is actually a Telugu person belonging to the community of Thyagaraja!
His mother Leela Krishnamoorthy, a talented musician, gave him his initial exposure to Carnatic music fundamentals through ashtapadis and bhajans. He has also learnt several compositions and pathantharas from Chitraveena Ravikiran, T Brinda, Rama Ravi, and Padmaja Srinivasan.
Awards & Titles
One of the most memorable of these was the first prize in the All India Vande Mataram competition which he received from venerable freedom fighter Acharya Kripalani.