Veteran violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman passes away

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 22, 2013 17:11 hrs

Celebrated violinist and composer Lalgudi Jayaraman, who carved out a niche for himself in the Carnatic music with his unique style, died here today at the age of 82 after brief illness.

He is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter, both of whom are violinists.

His family said he was not keeping good health for quite some time after he suffered a stroke.

Born into the lineage of a disciple of saint-composer Thyagaraja, Jayaraman inherited the essence of Carnatic music from his father V R Gopala Iyer, who played veena, violin and flute.

Jayaraman, who began his music career at the age of 12 as an accompanying artist, later achieved fame as a solo violinist and also had success as a composer in four languages -- Telugu, Tamil, Kannad and Sanskrit.

He had travelled extensively around the world and gave performances at various countries.

Considering his contribution to the field of music, he was conferred with several awards including Padma Shri in 1972 Padma Bhushan in 2001.

He was also feted with state Vidhwan of Tamil Nadu and also fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Lalgudi Jayaraman a world acclaimed violinist

Legendary violin maestro and one of the most prolific composers of modern times, Lalgudi Jayaraman, who died here today, strode like a colossus in the field of Carnatic music giving a new dimension to solo performance of the string instrument.

Born in lineage of an illustrious disciple of the great saint-composer Thyagaraja on September 17, 1930, in Lalgudi near Tiruchirappalli, Jayaraman began his music oddysey at the age of 12 under the tutelage of his father V R Gopala Iyer, also a violinist and composer.

A creative performer, innovator and teacher, his hard work and strong urge to give original expression to musical ideas helped him emerge as a solo violinist and a succesful composer.

In his early days, Jayaraman accompanied vocal virtuosos such as Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyenger, Chembbai Vaidyanatha Bagavathar, Semmangudi Srinivas Iyer, G N Balasubramaniam, Madurai Mani Iyer, M Balamurali Krishna and T N Sesha Gopalan.

He, along with his contemporaries M S Gopalakrishnan and T N Krishnan, was known as the violin trinity.

Jayaraman, a revered teacher, is also credited with inventing a new technique of playing the violin, which came to be known as 'Lalgudi Bani (style)' that best suited the needs of Indian classical music.

Though it was original and unique, it, however, wasn't too apart from the traditional style and thus was liked and appreciated by one and all.

Jayaraman had compsed numerous 'kritis', 'tillanas' and 'varnams' and prominent among them are 'Calamu Seyanela' in Valaj raga, 'Parama Karuna' in Garudadhvani and 'Vallabai Nayaka" in Mohana Kalyani raga.

TN CM condole death of Lalgudi Jayaraman

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa tonight paid rich tributes to violin maestro Lalgudi G Jayaraman describing his death as a "great loss" to the world of music.

"I was deepey grieved learning about his passing away," she said in statement here.

Paying rich tributes to the 82-year-old musician, Jayalalithaa said he hailed from a family of culture of music and added to the aesthetic value of the "kutcheris" (concerts) of greats including Semmankudi Srinivasa Iyer, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyer and Maharajapuram Santhanam.

"He had won the hearts of rasikas (audience) with his solo shows and had played words with his violin," she said, adding, he had enthralled people with his utmost ease of two of the very tough ragas, "Devagandhari" and "Neelambari."

He had won the national award for composing music for the film "Sringaram", she said while recalling that he had been recipient of a number of awards including the Padma honours.

"Mr Lalgudi Jayaraman's demise is a great loss, especially to the field of Carnatic music. None can fill the place he has left behind," she said while extending her sympathies with his family and praying that his soul rest in peace.

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