Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday night paid rich tributes to violin maestro Lalgudi G Jayaraman, describing his death as a “great loss” to the world of music.

“I was deeply grieved learning about his passing away,” she said in statement here.

Paying rich tributes to the 82-year-old musician, Ms. Jayalalithaa said he hailed from a family of culture of music and added to the aesthetic value of the “kutcheris” (concerts) of greats including Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar and Maharajapuram Santhanam.

“He had won the hearts of rasikas (audience) with his solo shows and had played words with his violin,” she said, adding, he had enthralled people with his utmost ease of two of the very tough ragas, “Devagandhari” and “Neelambari.”

He had won the national award for composing music for the film “Sringaram”, she said while recalling that he had been recipient of a number of awards including the Padma honours.

“Mr Lalgudi Jayaraman’s demise is a great loss, especially to the field of Carnatic music. None can fill the place he has left behind,” she said while extending her sympathies with his family and praying that his soul rest in peace.

He was like my elder brother: Amjad Ali Khan

Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan on Monday expressed sadness at the death of renowned violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman, calling him one of the greatest violinists of South Indian music.

“It is really sad that Lalgudi Jayaraman has passed away. He was one of the greatest violinists of South Indian music,” Khan said in a condolence message.

Recalling his duets with Jayaraman across the world, Khan said “he was like my elder brother”.

“Our first duet was in Chennai. We performed duets all over the world... Lalgudi also played duet with Vilayat khan in Chennai”.

“Our family will always miss him. May his soul rest in peace,” he added.

This story has been corrected for a factual error.