Friday, June 8, 2012


The famous Violinist Chalakudy NS NarayanaSwamy was born at Chalakudy in Kerala to
parents Subramanya Iyer and Lakshmy Ammal on 18 Sept 1925.
The flair for music was intrinsic and  he was given primal training in music by his elder brother
Kailasa Bhagavathar and elder sister Lakshmi Ammal.Afterwards he was given training in 
music by his uncle Akhileswara Bhagavathar.
His first public performance (Arangettam) was held at  Trissur when he was 15 years old.
Narayana Swamy then joined Thiruvananthapuram Swathi Thirunal Music College and got trained in Violin.During this period he got training from veteran  exponent Semmangudi Sreenivasa Iyer etc.
He also got training from PapaVenkitaramaiyah School of Music.
From 1946 to 1956 he was staff artist at All India Radio Thiruvanathapuram.
From 1950 he became very famous and became a preferred accompanist of violin with senior
Carnatic Musicians for their concerts.His accompaniment on violin was always of high caliber 
with minimal use of paraphernalia.He always helped a lot to make the concert reach new heights with the help of his violin accompaniment.
Chalakudy Narayana Swamy became the Principal of Swathi Thirunal Music College,Trivandrum when Semmangudi retired.
He was a member of the board of studies and examiner for music at various Universities such as Banaras Hindu University,Venkiteswara University,Tirupathi University of Mysore,Kerala University etc.
NS Narayana Swamy, Chalakudy received the 'Kalaratnam' award of Travancore Devaswom Board.
He got Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award in 1977 and Kendra (Central) Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award in 1988.
He got Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy fellowship,
Madras Music Academy Award,
Aakasavani Award,
Doctorate from a University in USA,

From  USA 'Vadya Sangeetha Ratnakara' Award,
From Toronto,Canada he received 'Vadya Sangeetha Bhoopathy' award,
'Tantri Vilas award' from Bombay,
'Naada Sudharnava Award' from Madras.

He had traveled all over  USA,European Countries,Canada etc and participated in Carnatic  concerts with his violin  and
also held Violin concerts.
His famous students includes  Balakrishnan,B.Sasi Kumar,Madurai Venkitachalam,Subramanya Sharma,Ramani etc.
Chalakudy NS Narayana Swamy  passed away on 24 Feb 2003.

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