S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Monday, 25 December 2017

Neyyatinkara Vasudevan

Birthdays & Anniversaries
25.12.1940 - 13th may

Vasudevan was born in 1940 in Neyyattinkara in Kerala. He was passionate about music even as a young boy. After high school, his ardent love for Carnatic music prompted him to join the Swati Tirunal Music College at Tiruvanantapuram. He passed Ganabhushanam in 1960 and the Sangeeta Vidwan course in 1962 with flying colours. In the College, he was fortunate to train under reputed musicians like Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. Later he had rigorous training in Chennai under Ramnad Krishnan who helped him further hone his skills. Vasudevan made an impact on the Madras music scene when he won the prize for the best subjunior vocalist in 1971 at the Music Academy and reviews appeared in leading newspapers. He received the award for Best Vocalist in the year 1972, 1978, 1982 and 1988 from the Music Academy. In 1993 he won the award for best raga rendition. Vasudevan’s career graph soared upwards with his arrival at Tripunithura to serve as Assistant Professor in RLV College of Music. In 1974, he joined All India Radio-Trivandrum as an ‘A Grade’ Staff artist in Vocal Music. He rose to ‘A Top’ before his retirement in 2000. An affable man with pleasing manners, he was very popular in the Kerala music circuit. 

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