MLV has always been my favourite Carnatic musician and as for her mother, what she did for Purandara Dasa songs deserves to be recollected time and again. In many ways, Lalithangi remains one of my favourite characters and at least three who knew her – S Rajam, Sulochana Pattabhiraman and Padma Varadan, have vouched for her golden-hearted nature. This article was published in The Hindu in 2006. The original print version had a picture of Lalithangi and Vasanthakumari together. By a cruel irony, the obituary of Srividya appeared on the opposite page and the three- grandmother, mother and daughter, were featured next to each other. Strange are the ways of providence.