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Dakshinamurti passes away

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V. Dakshinamurti
V. Dakshinamurti

He dominated Malayalam film world and composed a few immortal Tamil melodies

Music director V. Dakshinamurti, who dominated the Malayalam film world and has to his credit a handful of immortal Tamil melodies, died here on Friday. He was 92.

Known as Dakshinamurti Swami in the film world, he had a strong foundation in Carnatic music. Music maestro Ilayaraja, who had assisted Dakshinamurti in many films, is known to refer to him as his guru.

Dakshinamurti’s mastery over the raga structure often found eloquent expression in his songs. Nanda Nee En Nila, a madhuvanthi raga song, exemplifies a typical of his composition.

In Tamil, he scored music for only nine films. The songs such as Aandavan Illa Ulagam Yethu and Nallamanam Vazhga in Oru Oothapu Kan Chimitugirathu and Nanda Nee En Nila and Oru Kathal Samrajyam in Nanda En Nila continue to mesmerise the listeners.

Dakshinamurti’s exposure to music began when he was four. The lullabies his mother Parvathi Ammal used to sing for his younger sister turned out to be his first music lesson. “At the age of six, I was able to sing 27 Thyagaraja kritis,” he had said in the book Thirai Isai Alaigal, penned by Vamanan.

Later, when his father arranged a music teacher for his sister, Dakshinamurti also learnt from him. “At the age of 13, I gave a concert at the Ampalapuzha Krishnan temple,” Dakshinamurti had said.

According to Vamanan, Dakshinamurti’s family had bad times and he was forced to subsist on the offerings from the Vaikom temple. He also made a living by offering music lessons.

“He knew hundreds of kritis. Though well-versed in classical film music, he had a great understanding of the film music world,” said Mr Vamanan.

“He is the definitive patriarch of Malayalam film music,” said Malayalam lyricist Rafeeq Ahmed, who worked with Dakshinamurthi recently for an upcoming movie “Shyamaragam” — that goes into history as the master’s swansong.

For someone who nurtured Malayalam music from its infancy, Dakshinamurthi seemed to be in complete sync with at least four generations of artists. “He was so masterful a composer that he could conjure mellifluous notes from even Sanskrit-heavy verse of the great poets of his time,” said Mr. Rafeeq Ahmed

Jeevitha Nowku was his first Tamil film. It was followed by Amma, Devi, Jeeva Nadi , Oru Oothapu Kan Chimitugirathu, Nanda En Nila, Oru Koil Iru Deepangal and Jagadguru Adishankarar.

Dakshinamurti settled in Chennai in 1948 and could be seen walking on the streets bare-chested with only a towel wrapped around his shoulders.

“He was deeply spiritual and lived a very simple life. Once he told me that he wished to emaciate further and further so that he would less of a burden to his pall bearers,” recalled Vamanan.


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He was a GOD and a GURU to a large number of musicians. He lived a full life and will be
Remembered for ever.

from:  C p Chandra das
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 02:04 IST

It was just a few days ago, when the music lovers of Chennai were
reading about Dakshinamurthy and his achievements. I am just at loss of
words to express that he has passed away. May God bless his soul.

from:  Ravishanker
Posted on: Aug 4, 2013 at 08:29 IST

The movie "Amaradeepam" of the Chitralaya Brothers, CV Rajendran &
Sridhar wherein the most famous South Indian stars like the then famous
"heart-throb" of a pair, the late Sivaji Ganesan & Padmini, Savithri,
MN Nambiyar, KA Thangavelu have acted, was given music score by
Dhakshinamoorthy Swamy - if I am not wrong. This movie with such songs
like "Naanayam Manusanukku Avasiyam...", "Thean Unnum Vandu,
Maamalariak Kanndu....", "Pachchaik Kili Paaduthu, Pakkam Vanthe
Aaduthu...Ingey Paar Un Thunbam Paranthoduthu..." and a folk song that
would make any listener who knows Tamil language to tap the foot
automatically to the beat in complete charm was not mentioned in any of
the eulogies on him in print. He had rendered music scores to a few
Tamil movies but the lasting beauty in contribution was his
adaptability to the present though he was one when Indian film industry
was just hatching itself out from its eggs in technology, acting and
the nuances of entertainment like music composing.

from:  C. Sachidananda Narayanan
Posted on: Aug 3, 2013 at 20:30 IST

He lived a spiritual and simple life physically.But he will live a
very great life in the hearts of melody lovers in the generations
to come.His priceless contributions are imperishable assets to the
film industry and Indian culture.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2013 at 20:15 IST

Slowly one by one our senior artistes are leaving this
settle in the Heaven.May their soul rest in peace !

from:  J.S.Acharya
Posted on: Aug 3, 2013 at 16:06 IST

Unable to believe that we can't see him anymore. What a legend he
has been. He inspired and laid the foundation for many great
musicians of today and years to come. Indeed a big loss to the
Indian music world. Personally I had always considered him as my
Grandfather because of his resemblance though... we will all miss
this great king maker in the music industry and more importantly
his grandfatherly guidance. It will take some time for me to
reconcile myself to this loss.

from:  Ilanthalir Manimaaran
Posted on: Aug 3, 2013 at 12:37 IST


from:  SATISH
Posted on: Aug 3, 2013 at 11:07 IST
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