Thursday, 25 April 2013

Violin maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman is no more

By V Ramnarayan

Lalgudi G Jayaraman, one of the greatest violinists of the 20th Century, passed away today at Chennai. He was 82.

Jayarama, who was tutored and mentored by his father Lalgudi Gopala Iye,  is survived by his wife, son and daughter.  GJR Krishnan and  GJR Vijayalakshmi, his two children,  both his disciples as well have been carrying forward the family tradition of nuanced  violin  playing.

Hailing from Lalgudi in Tiruchi district, Jayaraman accompanied some of the greatest names in Carnatic music, always the perfect accompanist who nevertheless left his own unique imprint on every concert. With his inimitable Lalgudi bani he was the hearthrob of a whole generation of rasikas who thronged his solo concerts and his team efforts with sister Srimathi Brahmanandam, and later with Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi.

Lalgudi was a versatile composer too, his tillanas in particular proving to be the favourite of every Bharatanatyam dancer of repute. 

A Fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademi (2010), Jayaraman received the Padma Bhushan Award from the Indian government in 2001. 

The music Lalgudi composed for the feature film Sringaram won him a national award in 2006. Overlooked by the Music Academy for the Sangita Kalanidhi in his prime, Jayaraman stopped performing there. The Academy more than made up by honouring him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the first in its history, in 2008.

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