The last week has seen the passing away of three personalities deeply associated with Carnatic music. The demise of V. Subramanyam, well known Carnatic musician and teacher came as a shock to the fraternity not aware that he had been ailing for the past few months. Recipient of the Sangita Kala Acharya from the Music Academy in 2007, Subramanyam was better known as a disciple of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer who provided vocal support in his concerts for years. He passed away on 12 November in Chennai.
Rajalakshmi Jayaraman, wife of violin maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, died on Monday night 18 November, after a brief illness. She was 74. She was a great source of strength and support to her husband and nurtured her son Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and daughter Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi.
S.R.D. Vaidyanathan, famous exponent of the Semponnarkoil school of nagaswaram, too died here on Monday. He was 85 and is survived by his wife, six daughters and a son. Vaidyanathan played the nagaswaram with his brother S.R.D. Muthukumarasamy. He was an expert in playing pallavis and rakti.
Sruti conveys its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.