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The Raman I Knew

The Raman I Knew
T. S. Satyan
The Raman I Knew
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One day, in 1948, I telephoned Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman to ask if I could meet and photograph him. I was surprised when he said yes. "Come on time," Raman warned. My editor cautioned me that Raman was not an easy man to shoot, he had rules that he had set for himself. I felt nervous as I prepared to photograph my first celebrity. I took M.S. Sathyu, now a noted film director, with me for moral support.

Contrary to our fears, we found Raman extremely gentle and affable, as I photographed him in his house and in the garden he loved. When there was still some time left, I asked Raman if I could photograph him with his wife. "Forget about her. She is not here," he said. I gathered more courage and asked if I could shoot him displaying his Nobel citation. Pursing his lips, Raman gazed at me. My heart began to pound. To my surprise, he agreed and left to collect the citation.

"I’m lucky," I hissed in Sathyu’s ear, handing him my brand-new Speed-Graphic camera as I set about adjusting the room for the all-important picture. Raman had meanwhile returned, holding the...

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