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Almost six decades have passed since A Ramachandran left Kerala, but not many in even his native Thiruvananthapuram district know that the world-renowned artist has had a brief but interesting tryst with music in his formative years. From his childhood till the mid-teens, Ramachandran used to sing—something that only a few old-timers remember these days. Today, Ramachandran, who is a Delhiite for more than five decades, is 80 years old. If a Padma award came looking for him a decade ago (the ‘Bhushan’, in 2004), it was deservedly for his contributions to the world of visual art. But then, rewind to the painter-sculptor’s younger days, and one can learn that he used to receive training in classical south Indian music. That was in the village he was born: Attingal, which is tod...

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