Dr. Nateshan Ramani, N Ramani, popularly known as Flute Ramani (80) passed away. He was born at Thiruvarur on October 15th, 1934. He introduced the long flute in carnatic music and developed a 'bani' of his own. Dr.N. Ramani was suffering from throat cancer during the last few years , and did not appear in much programmes.
Ramani performed his very first concert at the age of 8.The turning point in Ramani's career was when he became a disciple of his maternal uncle and eminent flautist,the late T. R. Mahalingam (known more commonly as "Flute Mali"),who first popularised the Carnatic flute in Indian music. By the age of 11 years, Ramani accompanied his guru T. R. Mahalingam in a concert for the first time. Some of the highlights include the Sangeetha Kalanidhi, awarded by the Music Academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,the Sangeetha Kalasikhamani award for the year 2007 given by The Indian Fine arts Society, Chennai, the Sangeetha Acharya award from Wasser College, US, the honorary citizenship status in Maryland, Ohio, US, and the Padma Shri Award from the President of India. He holds an honorary Cultural Doctorate from The World University of Arizona.