SOURCE : DECCAN HERALD
After reading a couple of articles on C V Raman in Deccan Herald, I thought it would be a good idea to remember his wife Lady Lokasundari Raman. As the well known saying goes, ‘Behind every great man there is a woman!’ He used to call her ‘Logum’ but always referred to her in public as ‘Lady Raman’.
Here I quote from the first Raman Memorial Lecture held in 1978 at the Indian Institute of Science. It was given by Prof S Ramaseshan.
“Against all conventions of the time, Raman arranged his own marriage with Lokasundari, who was then 13 years old. The story is that on the first occasion he saw her, she was playing on the veena the ‘Thyagaraja Keerthana’, Rama Ni Samanam Evaro. We shall never know whether it was by intent or by accident! Anyway, she insists that she still does not know if Raman married her for the extra Rs 150 the Finance Department gave to its married officers! He had joined the Finance Department as Assistant Accountant General, Calcutta. He was then 18 1/2 years old.”
What a hectic life it must have been for her to be married to a whirlwind personality like Raman! Young Lokasundari tells of the routine of her husband: At 5.30 am, he goes to the the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, returns at 9.45 am, bathes, gulps down his food, leaves for the office by taxi so as not to be late. On his way back in the evening, he goes to the association to continue his scientific work and returns at 10 pm. Sundays were spent at the association.