January 5, 2010 was one of the saddest days for the carnatic community. Veena Vidwan Trivandrum Venkataraman died in a car accident. He was one of the all-time great vainikas. For a man of such great vidwath and capabilities, he was a very humble and unassuming person indeed. Everytime we met, he would treat us with a lot of warmth and a personal touch that was very unique to him. We will definitely miss him. Even as we write this, we are still to come to terms with this cruel act of fate. He received the Sangeetha Kala Acharya this year from the Music Academy just a few days before his death. May his soul rest in peace. Our deepest condolences to his family and his sishyas.