SRI G.V. Narayanaswami
Iyer, B.A., L.T.
late Sri G.V.Narayanaswami Iyer was one of those loyal and devoted
teachers of the Hindu High School who have contributed to the
popularity and efficiency of the institution. At a time when
Government service was attractiver and could be easily had by
men of qualifications, he chose teaching as his avocation in
life. At the age of eighteen he graduated and became a teacher.
He served the Hindu High School for a period of 33 years, and
thus he had very few equals of such long service in the Hindu
His simplicity, humility and sincere manners endeared him to
one and all. In the "Teachers' Corner" his jokes and
anecdotes were ever
and his colleagues used to gather there during the lunch interval
to hear him talk. He had the insight to see others' difficulties
and discomforts, he put on a smiling face. During the last years
of his life, he suffered from an acute form, of dyspepsia; still
he moved and worked as if he has no such malady.
The late Sri G.V.N. Was a great musician, besides a critic of
that art. At a time when it was thought that teachers should
only teach and not take part in acting and entertaining with
music and when it was considered that such things were not in
keeping with the dignity of the noble profession, he entertained
the audience with his music in all iomportant school functions.
To a great extent, he was responsible for giving a bias to music
in the school and today there are a number of teachers who can
sing well. Sri G.V.N. Succeeded Kulapathi Sri P.A.Subramanya
Iyer, a giant among Headmasters, who left the institution at
a rare height of efficiency. Many thought at that time that
Sri. G.V.N. Would find it hard even to keep the machine going,
but his headship proved otherwise. During the years of his headship
the school maintained the same efficiency, tone, and espirit
de corps among the members of the staff. It was during his time
that excursions on a large scale were organized and the Book
depot was converted into the High School Co-operative Stores.
The members of the Madras Teachers' Guild expressed their regard
for him and appreciation of his services by electing him first
as the Vice-President and later as the President of the Guild.
His long, unblemished record of services is a shining example
of what devotion and loyalty to an institution means. His portrait
which adorns the walls of the Singarachariar Hall by the side
of other illustrious Headmasters, is a reminder to the present
generation of teachers of the nobility of the teaching profession
and the disinterested service which the profession expects.
A liberal among men, catholic in tastes, urbane in manners,
unruffled by difficulties, Sri G.V.Narayanaswami Iyer, affectionately
known as G.V.N., passed through life, gay as a lark exuding
joy among his friends and banishing boredom from himself and
His son, Sri G.N. Balasubramanyam, one of the greatest musicians
of out time, has inheriterd in rich measure the musical talents
of his father. We are glad to record that he is an old student
of our school. May God bless him with long and prosperity!
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