Identified for his sensible instructing expertise, Pitambarlal Rajani, a famous professor and theatre director in Tamil Nadu, has died of COVID-19 on the age of 80.
Fondly referred to as Pa by his college students, Professor Rajani taught English Literature on the Madras Christian Faculty for greater than twenty years and directed round 100 performs staged throughout the nation. He later taught on the College of Madras for 12 years the place he grew to become an Emeritus Professor and was awarded the Tagore Chair.
Professor Ok Ganesh, former English head of the division on the Madras Christian Faculty, stated P Rajani “taught poetry because it have been a play creating such an affect on the scholars. Be it John Donne or Milton or EE Cummings or Sylvia Plath, the poems’ sense and type unfolded itself.”
His poetry studying periods have been an enormous hit amongst college students and he would usually work with college students after hours rehearsing performs. Gigy Jenson, who was a part of one among his performs, stated: “Dr Rajani taught me the ABC of performing and voice modulation.”
Ruth Anand, one other actor who labored with the professor, added: “We learnt the best way to ship every dialogue. Although Sylvia Plath dedicated suicide, he resurrected her in his teachings.”
Many individuals stated P Rajani was an epitome of excellence and the liberal training spirit on the faculty. His residence was additionally a refuge for a number of college students.
Arul Kumaran, a former pupil of Madras Christian Faculty and now the Dean at St Thomas Extra Faculty, College of Saskatchewan, in Canada, stated: “(He was the) single biggest affect on my life. I will miss you endlessly. I by no means informed him, however I liked him like a son. I really feel so helpless sitting right here.”
After his retirement from the Madras Christian Faculty, the professor taught on the English Division of the College of Madras. He additionally established the theatre wing “Curtain Name” there.
Professor CT Indra, former head of the division of English on the college, stated: “His theatrical achievements reached nice heights once we acquired alternatives to stage performs directed by him in worldwide conferences on Australia, India and Canadian research.”
In a tribute, the present English head of the division S Armstrong stated: “He educated a era of scholars and influenced many academics in Tamil Nadu and India.”
P Rajani additionally taught on the Thiruvarur Central College for 4 years earlier than returning to his hometown Coimbatore the place he taught at a non-public faculty.
Professor VS Venkataramanan, his buddy and former trainer on the Madras Christian Faculty stated: “We have misplaced an excellent trainer. Rajani was by no means uninterested in instructing. He had the longest innings. Though he got here from an prosperous household, he lived a easy life like a hermit. He felt at residence with the excessive class and the unusual individuals.”
Moreover his many acts of kindness, behavior of sharing books, his former college students additionally recollected his participating and enriching conversations in addition to his signature unprofessional look — unkempt hair, an extended beard, carrying an previous T-shirt and a pair of denims, and his motorcycle rides.
Initially from the Sindh province of Pakistan, P Rajani’s household settled in Coimbatore. The professor didn’t have any partner or kids. He died of COVID-19 at a non-public hospital in Coimbatore on Friday.
(Disclosure: This reporter was a pupil of Professor P Rajani on the Madras Christian Faculty between 1992 and 1995.)