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Friday, 4 August 2017

Vellore G. Ramabhadran

By Manna Srinivasan
Birthdays & Anniversaries
4.8.1929 - 27.2.2012
Vellore G. Ramabhadran, the enduring and endearing mridanga vidwan popularly known merely as Vellore,  has accompanied every main artist of T.N. Seshagopalan and U. Shrinivas, as well as solo instrumentalists of different hues like Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu, Mysore T. Chowdiah, T.R. Mahalingam and Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. His association as a sideman with Lalgudi spans 25 years.

Vellore’s association with the Music Academy of Madras began when he played sideman to veena vidwan K.S. Narayanaswami in the 1945 series which was conducted at the Sundareswarar Hall of the Rasika Ranjani Sabha in Mylapore. If he remembers his maiden performance at the Academy with pleasure, he recalls with gratitude Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer’s panegyric commendation of his proficiency during the latter’s Academy concert in 1954 and his exhortation to the audience to listen to the young man’s tani. He has long been a regular performer as sideman in the annual Academy series.

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Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana
4.8.1923 – 11.7.2013
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