S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Monday, 1 April 2019

Mridanga vidwan A. Kannan passes away


By Samudri


Veteran mridanga vidwan Madras A. Kannan died of cardiac arrest on 1 April 2019 in Chennai. He was 99. He was a mridangist much in demand in the 1950s and the 1960s. A contemporary of  Palghat Mani Iyer and Palani Subramania Pillai, Kannan provided mridangam accompaniment for almost all  leading Carnatic musicians of that period like Ariyakudi, Semmangudi, GNB, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, Mali  and Dandapani Desigar. He was the recipient of many awards including the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Asian Music Rostrum Award, Mridanga Samrat, Laya Ratnakara, the Kalaimamani award and Sruti's Vellore Gopalachariar Memorial Award. 

Sruti offers its condolences to the family of Madras A. Kannan.

(See Sruti 220 and 323)

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