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Monday, 13 August 2018

T K Murthy


Birthdays & Anniversaries
13.8.1924

Mridangam maestro T.K. Murthy is a short man but he stands tall as a percussionist in the arena of Carnatic classical music.The contrast was highlighted last year by musicologist B.V.K. Sastry of Bangalore when he wrote in the Deccan Herald:

"[Murthy] makes an interesting picture on the stage. Being  short,  he  has sometimes to overstretch his hands to play on the mridangam, which gives an impression of embracingthan playing the instrument. But his nimble fingers execute fascinating rhythmic ideas. His sense of anticipationis highly impressive. The figures aresprightly, clean cut, setting off a  wide variety of sounds, and converting the whole into a tantalising structure of sound and rhythm. Naturally he has been a popular figure on the concert stage, desired, welcomed and appreciated by all musicians of consequence for  nearly half a century."

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