Tuesday, January 8, 2013


The legendary violinist M.S.Gopalakrishnan left this world on Thursday 
3 Jan 2013.
The veteran artiste was 82 years old and had been admitted to the hospital on Wednesday.
He was an exponent of both Carnatic and Hindustani music and his musical
contributions spanned for seven decades.
By the demise of this extraordinary talented prodigy Indian music world
loses another towering icon.
He was one of the two sons of Paravur Sundaram Iyer. His father was a member of the musical court of Travancore Maharaja and was also an expert violinist.M.S.Gopalakrishnan's first Guru was his father itself.His brother also got trained in violin from his father and became well known violinist in the name 'Paravur M.S.Andandaraman'.
His father Paravur Sundaram Iyer was famous for his own style of  using violin which is famous as 'Paravur Style'.He handled a peculiar mode  in which bowing and fingering of the instrument was done with a unique style which was handed over to M.S.Gopalakrishnan.M.S.Gopalakrishnan 
followed this style precisely well and amazingly easy  always with a smile on his face.He was an excellent perfectionist who handled the instrument to produce very minute notes also with  much expertise belying his concentration by raising his eyebrows slightly.
M.S.Gopalakrishnan's father had moved with his family to Chennai when
the children were very young.They  were staying at Mylapore.MSG's first performance was at the age of eight and the first performance in front of a large audience was at the age of sixteen.
He had carved a niche for himself as a solo violinist, but had accompanied 
all the great vocalists such as Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar,Alathur Brothers,G.S.Balasubramanyam,Madurai Mani Iyer etc etc for many decades.
He was recipient of Padma Shri Award in 1975, 
                                   Padma Bhushan  in 2012
                                   Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award in 1978
                                   Kendra Sangeeta Natak  Academy Award in  1982.

He was also recipient of 'Kalaimamani Award'  from Tamil Nadu Government, Sangeeta Kalanidhi Award etc.

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