Chip off the old block
The great granddaughter of film personalities, N.S Krishnan and T.A.Mathuram, Natasha is doing her family proud in her own little way.
T.A. MATHURAM, wife of ace-comedian, N.S. Krishnan, continues to be an all time favourite. Many of us remember His Master's Voice Columbia records that had immortalised T.A.Mathuram's lyrics, especially the popular "Nalla Penmani".
The celebrated rendition of the lyric ran thus that a girl who promotes her motherland's culture by her way of living is truly a nice girl.
It is heartening to note that the fourth generation in the great lineage of N.S. Krishnan and T.A. Mathuram, their great granddaughter, seven-year-old Natasha Natarajan seems to embody this song. She was recently in Chennai, on a holiday from Beverley Hills, U.S.A. Natasha makes an impression with her recitation of the Gayathri mantra, rendering of Indian songs and above all her deep attachment to her grandparents.
It is not surprising that Natasha has the right values when we meet her Indian born parents.
Her mother, Dr. Sathima, student of Madras Medical College and now a cypto-pathologist with the UCLA, and her father, Natarajan, M.B.A, from the University of Madras is an executive director of Southern Bells Communication. Natasha's mother said, her daughter's name is a combination of Nataraj and Sathima, which means re-birth in Russian.
For outstanding academic excellence, Natasha was awarded the Gold Scholarship in 2002 in her PAGE private school, under the President's Education Programme.
She also received a letter of commendation from the White House, applauding her excellence in extracurricular activities, academics as also her exemplary behaviour.
Natasha credits it all to hard work and interest in all things around her. The young girl is learning to play the piano and is also an voracious reader.
Her mother appreciates the fact that most schools there don't tax the children and give ample scope to vent their creativity and imagination.
A pat on the back at the opportune moment goes a long way in encouraging the youngsters, she stresses.
THARA MOHAN RAO
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