Song of Surrender

Friday, 6 October 2017

T. N. Krishnan

6.10.1928
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Tripunithura Narayanan Krishnan’s journey started on 6 October, 1928 with his birth into Bhagavatar Matham, an illustrious family of musicians acclaimed in both the Carnatic and Hindustani traditions. Parents A. Narayana Iyer and Ammini Ammal hailed from families whose musical lineage could be traced back five generations. Grandfather Appadurai Bhagavatar was a renowned musician too. Music was thus an integral part of Krishnan’s childhood in Tripunithura, the seat of the Cochin royal family. Father Narayana Iyer, an eminent music educator, was his first guru. An extraordinary teacher and strict disciplinarian, Narayana Iyer spared no effort in developing his son’s innate talent.

Little Krishnan was a quick learner, absorbing masterpieces like Veena Kuppier’s Ata tala varnam in Narayanagaula and major kriti-s like Sri Subrahmanyaya namaste (Kambhoji, Muthuswami Dikshitar). He was greatly encouraged by violin vidwan G. Krishna Iyer (Kittam Bhagavatar) and maternal uncle G. Narayana Iyer, an advocate in nearby Perumbavur. Krishnan has fond memories of accompanying his father to hear the evening broadcasts of Corporation Radio at the municipal park, featuring such great masters as Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Tiger Varadachariar and the Karaikudi Brothers. Krishnan’s arangetram at the age of seven was at Tripunithura’s famous Poornatrayeesa temple.

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