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Lalgudi Jayaraman, virtuoso who made violin sing, is no more

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Lalgudi Jayaraman (1930-2013)
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Lalgudi Jayaraman (1930-2013)

The violinist took Carnatic music to new heights

Others played the violin. Lalgudi G. Jayaraman coaxed lucid lyrics and a pitch-perfect human voice out of the instrument. The violin maestro, whose chiselled rendering elevated Carnatic music to new heights, died here on Monday.

He was 82 and is survived by his wife, son G.J.R. Krishnan and daughter G.J.R. Vijayalakshmi, both violinist-exponents of the Lalgudi bhani (style) evolved by their father.

Jayaraman was born at Lalgudi in Tiruchi district of Tamil Nadu. He learnt music from his father Lalgudi Gopala Iyer and gave his first concert in 1942 at the age of 12. He went on to accompany the great maestros of the past including Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, M.M. Dhandapani Desikar, G.N. Balasubramaniam, Madurai Mani Iyer and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.

His accompanying, while unobstrusive, often elevated the concert. Lalgudi, as he was affectionately called by music lovers, said he listened to radio performances of noted musicians and imbibed their music. “There was a loudspeaker in the panchayat office and I would not miss their concerts. So when I started accompanying them I had a feeling I had played with them for a long time,” he would say.

Whether the tough pallavis of the Alathur Brothers, the briga-laden music of GNB or the mellifluous music of Madurai Mani Iyer and the fast-paced rendering of Madurai Somu, Jayaraman always rose to the occasion. As a solo artiste, his style was pleasing and, to many, awe-inspiring.

A prolific composer, he taught and inspired several of his disciples to excel in violin and vocal music. He declined the Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy as he thought it came late, though the institution honoured him with a special lifetime achievement award.


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Lalgudi Sir's music is so divine that words are inadequate to express that feeling..i have grown up listening to his music and his void can never be filled for generations to come..

from:  Siva
Posted on: Apr 25, 2013 at 11:19 IST

Lalgudi can be compared to the mighty Himalayas for his gigantic contribution to our Music. It is a daunting task to quantify, measure & judge the varied tasks accomplished by the maestro. It is hoped that his near & dear would compile all his works & release them for the benefit of one & all. His violin sang because he was a gifted instrumentalist who had amazing 'basha gnanam' (command over languages). He delighted the rasikas as a soloist, an accompanist, or in performances with his siblings. The triple V concerts & his own Varnams & Thillanas are always a treat & feast. Aesthetics was his hallmark & it is an irrepairable loss to Indian Music. There is only one Himalayas, one Paramacharya and Lalgudi is the one for Music. It will take generations to find a consummate artist like Lalgudi. RIP Lalgudi Sir.

from:  Sundaram Ramanasankaran
Posted on: Apr 24, 2013 at 07:36 IST

@sanket: What a comparison!! There is a saying in Tamizh which would roughly translate to "Not everyone knows the fragrance of Camphor (used at puja time in many Indian households and temples).

from:  Mayurdas Bholanath
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 21:51 IST

As a great loss for the musical fraternity and grieving musicians a musical genius Lalgudi G jayaraman has passed away. Born in a musical family I know personally when my uncle MSG passed away what will be the pain, and the void cannot be filled by any words. Only the time will have to heal the pain for their family. I pray GOD for his soul rest in peace. Lalgudis musical genius cannot expressed in words, one has to enjoy that directly. His music is a nectar of richness and tradition. My humble Pranams to his lotus feet........

from:  M.A.Krishnaswamy
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 20:38 IST

As everybody we also pay our sincere Homage to the great Legend on his
departure from this mundane life.
We are sure ,He will be a guest of great Honour at the feet of the
He was born to show us What higher music is and has done his SERVICE
more than enough.He has handed over the Service to his children and
they too show their best.We too feel with them at this
tragedy,eventhough we are physically far away in Germany.

from:  Sinniah Sivagnanasuntharam
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 19:27 IST

He was Lalgudi Mama to us and very dear to us. All of us in our family miss him very much. We offer our deepeset heartfelt condolences to GJR Krishnan and GJR Vijayalakshmi and the entire family.

from:  Raj and Vijaya Venkatesh
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 19:24 IST

It is a sad day for the world of music, especially carnatic. It lost one of its geniuses who weaved such beautiful creations and captivated and elevated the souls of many hearts around the world. For many families the day is not complete without hearing his music live and later on media and now on CDs and DVDs. He must be so dear to even Gods that they will keep him in their fold forever.

While we will miss his presence on this earth, his music will flourish thanks to his children, the disciples and ardent followers.

from:  Sridhar Subramanian
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 17:57 IST

Lalgudi's music was a combination of brilliance, vast knowledge and dint of hard-work from early days that blended into unforgettable melody which came out of his violin. It is this that lifted a katcheri from the ordinary to great heights. He assisted the main artistic to give his best but never showed his authority.That was humility giving luster to great paandithya.

from:  ERR
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 17:40 IST

@sanket, Like Justice Verma was a respected Judge, Shri. Lalgudi Jayaraman was a master violinist. We should give equal respect to stalwarts from all walks of life. Of course, not enough coverage of Justice Verma's death is regrettable. But , it is fitting that Lalgudi Jayaraman gets these many articles. In the field of carnatic music, he is pratically a supereme figure and his music has touched the hearts of millions of people.

from:  Balachandran S
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 17:30 IST

An iconic giant in music , but frail in appearance. His presence itself drew respect and made the vocalists give their best. He had not been keeping good health for the past some years.
My very big regret always will be that he became unwell without writing a book on his experiences with his contemporaries. Like Palghat Mani Iyer, he never allowed any levity on the platform, never talked ill of any person and never entere into arguments. A very great loss and we are poorer and my hear goes out to Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi.

from:  R.Gopalan
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 14:06 IST

It is indeed a great loss. Lalgudi sir will live for ever in our
hearts. Salutes to the great artist..

from:  Rajendra Prasad.C.P
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 13:01 IST

justice verma dies only one small article in news paper.. and this man
dies 3 full big articles! it does not look like a national news
paper!... i miss N. Ram..

from:  sanket
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 12:45 IST

First. MSG now Lalgudi only TNK is surviving of the celebrated trio of violinists who so ably
accompanied the greats of yesteryears such as ariyakkudi,chembai GNB Madurai Mani et al.
may Lalgudi and MSG play duo in the high heavens for the celestially.
Satya Jyothi from Bangalore

from:  Sjyothi
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 12:24 IST

A great loss to the Carnatic lovers. May the great soul rest in peace.
may God make all his near and dear ones strong enough to bear this lose.
I am becoming insecure, as we lose veterans one by one... now Jayaraman

from:  jana
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 11:07 IST

Lalgudi was not only a great performer of music but also a gifted composer who could incorporate complex laya patterns into his compositions without detracting from the musical content. Who has not been captivated by the beauty of his thillanas? He has now left for that special place to join other luminaries of the past. His passing is a great loss to the world of music.

from:  Sharan
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 10:53 IST

It seems April is a cruel month. We lost veteran musicians such as PB Srinivas,TK Ramamurthy and now Lalgudi Jayaraman. I salute all the three legendary maestros.

from:  vaidyanathan
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 09:57 IST

A legend gone. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  P. S. Seshadri
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 09:31 IST

Be it playing solo or playing as accompaniment to various great artistes of differing styles, he had no parallel. His accompaniment to M D Ramanathan singing Giripayi in Sahana raga is really great. Similarly, his rendering of Balagopala is simply superb. He is one of the rare vilonists who played Dikshitar Kritis.
The way he adjusted his style to suit the main singer is a lesson for our youngsters! Lalgudi's music has no date of expiry!

from:  jiddu
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 09:08 IST

It is Sad to know that Lalgudi Jayaraman is no more. It is definitely a Great Loss to Music Lovers. I have enjoyed his music many times.May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Narayanan Iyer
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 08:39 IST

Deeply shocked to hear the news. One of Doyens of the Karnatic music and
one of the beautiful style of playing violin. one of greatest violinist
who not only accompanied Great masters like Shri Semmangudi Srinivasa
Iyer, Shri Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar,Shri Alathur Brothers,Shri GNB amd
other Great Mastro's. and also perfect Violin Solo concerts. He was
mathematical genius and art of playing with melody. May soul rest in
peace. We all shall miss him.

from:  G.K.SHANKAR
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 07:39 IST

Shri L.Jayaraman was indeed a Pearl in Carnatic Ocean. His Thillanas are
very famous and many Bharatnatyam performances are done on them. And he
was the perfect example of such rare persons who possess Great Talents
but are very Simple and down to Earth. I'm a North Indian guy and I like
Carnatic Music very much and he is one of the few people who made me
love this Music n Tamil Nadu. My koti naman to him. I wish such talent
should be born again and again and serve the Music. May his soul RIP.
Hare Krishna

from:  Shubham Darvaikar
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 07:27 IST

An irrepairable loss! Who can take his place? Whenever I hear
Kalyanavasantham or Mohanakalyani, the only vidwan I remember is,
Lalgudi. The wonderful Thillanas will always echo his brilliance!
RIP!The Music Academy, though redeemed their prestige partially by the
lifetime achievement award, still owes an explanation to the Rasikas for
its treatment of this Mahavidwan.

from:  N Saikrishnan
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 06:38 IST

A great musician and human has passed away. May his soul rest in peace.
Though the physical form has left this world, Lalgudi Jayaraman will
live for ever through his music.

from:  Ram Venkatraman
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 05:45 IST

The Music academy did not get it right - M d Ramanathan waas a victim of the internal politics. Wish there are more artstes who decline the awaard. The academy should have the letter of dr. Johnson to Lord Chesterfield, emblaoned in gold letters in their confabulation room! There is no better reprimand for recognition after success and not encluraging talent!

from:  Ceeoren
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 02:29 IST

Sri Lalgudi G Jayaraman is a yuga purusha, a rare musician in the annals
of Carnatic Music. It is indeed rare to see in a single individual the
solidification of an all encompassing virtuosity in every aspect of
music. His sensitivity to and his humility personified scholarship in
music shone in every contribution he made - as an accompanying artist,
as a solo violinist, a composer, a musicologist, a teacher. He will be
missed dearly by all his rasikas worldwide.

from:  Dr V. Swaminathan
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 01:58 IST

A very sad news and a great loss. The memory and the music will stay and
will keep our culture alive.

from:  Vineet Pillai
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 01:53 IST

A Master of the Violin and every of the swara from his violin would appear as something falling from heaven;very pleasant. It is a great loss to the Carnatic Music.

from:  K.A.Narayanan
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 00:57 IST

Shri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman 's music will be alive for many many years to come, thank you Sir for your devine renderings

from:  Raj Subbaram
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 00:47 IST

Great loss to all music lovers,but his music will live forever.
I used to live on the same street.

from:  K.S.Natarajan
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 00:43 IST

Listened to him when he played first in Mysore in 1950s with late Chowdiah in the audience, who said that a genius was in the making. He was indeed a violin Colossus liked by late Menuhin and equally by Lata Mangeshkar. Looking at the galaxy of music giants he accompanied, the like of him we will never see again. RIP.

from:  Bhatadwaj
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 00:29 IST

Lalgudi Jayaram, the Maestro really brought respect to the Instrument which is other wise used in western music . The Carnatic music world really lost one of it's Gems . While the Thillanas brought great joy to everyone ,it is the ragas which I like most . They are like a beautiful river born from the mountains , flow through rich fields and finally merge into the sea . I convey my heart felt condolence to the entire music world

Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 00:26 IST

Carnatic Music World has loss one more greatest violin mastero Shri.
Lalgudi Jayaraman. I had been an ardent fan of him. Used to start off
every year (till 2006) with his concert at Mylapore Fine Arts. What a
control he had over the instrument! May the departed soul rest in peace.

from:  Ramprasad V.
Posted on: Apr 23, 2013 at 00:24 IST

Yet another loss to the field of Carnatic Music.Lalgudi Jayaraman Sir
was arguably the best violinist to accompany any vocalist.RIP.

from:  Jayadev Menon
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 23:45 IST

It is still in my memory when he visited Moscow in 1972 and stayed in
Hotel Russia near kremlin.He was about to leave for Airport and
struggling to get Breakfast.Having seen me as young Indian and
approached me find out a way for his immediate problem.Since I could
speak in Russian and talked to some person and found a cafe for his
Breakfast.He brought a lime pickles bottle for his tour.It was half
finished.He took it from his bag and presented to me.Being a strict
vegetarian,I profusely thanked him for the same.He was in agroup of
two other artists.HE Asked me to thank other artists also.I really
appreciated his co-operatve attitude and his magnanimity.He is a
great soul.He has joined the other great souls to delight them in

from:  krishnamurthi
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 23:40 IST

The Carnatic Music Association (CMANA) will always remember him as its
first Sangeethasaagara award recipient and as one whose tour in 1982 put
the association on a path to achieving a high status. As the Secretary
and President during those times, I offer my condolences to the family
and respect to the departed artist.

from:  Dr. V. Ramaswami
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 23:36 IST

His music is a treasure. Though the man is no more, Lalgudi's name will never be forgotten. A great loss for the carnatic music world. Deepest sympathies to his family. May his soul RIP.

from:  Ponniah Thangarajah
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 23:34 IST

I am just a connoisseur of Carnatic music and the news that Lalgudi is
no more made me sad.He was a great violinist.

from:  J.S.Acharya
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 22:40 IST

lalgudi Jayaraman's demise removes a great violin maestro from the school of carnatic music.His prowess with violin was well known to all music lovers and i used to be enchanted with that blemishless sound emanating out of his violin whether it was a high note or low one, fast music or slow tempo which no other violinist could achieve. His rendering of keertanas with Bhava and melody was unique. I have a sumptuous collection of his performances and love to hear them though we will miss him.

from:  r sundaresan
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 22:35 IST

May his incredible compositions and scintillating thillanas console our hearts, soothe our souls and keep us connected to the spiritual divinity...

from:  Kaushik
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 22:29 IST

Listening to him playing violin as I grew up was one of the reasons I
learnt how to play. I never mastered the instrument, but my appreciation
for his greatness increased after that! In addition, he composed my
favourite thillana in Ragam Thillang. India has lost a great musician.

from:  D. Iyer
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:58 IST

Lalgudi sir was one of the greatest violinists of the 20th
century.The loss to Carnatic music world is irreplaceable.His Bani
and invaluable contribution to classical music shall remain
immortal.May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Shankaranarayanan Tiruvilvamalai
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:57 IST

Purity thy name is lalgudiJayaraman. he is immortal

from:  harihara
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:50 IST

I listen to "Subrahmanyeya Rakshi... (MMI and LGJ)" almost daily. Lalgudi lives.

from:  Dr P.Ramachandran
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:50 IST

Truely a great legendary artist of carnatic music making violin a
great instrument of carnatic music.

very strong foundations -example of true sadhakam in music.

a great master for many youngsters to follow

from:  Dr.N.Ramabhadran
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:49 IST

He is a great mastero who brought out great sishyas in the field.
May his Bani continued by his children and sishyas

from:  S.Bala
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:48 IST

He is one among the greats belonging to the era of the Golden past of Carnatic music. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Bhaskaran
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:38 IST

Like so many others, for me the word 'violin' begins and ends with Lalgudi sir..i fell in love with violin when i was a little girl only because of him. Legends like him have immortalised not only their music but contributed immensely in immortalising the system is too much of a hard blow to take when such things happen and force us to come to terms with the reality that they are mortals. Rest in great peace Sir...we bow down to your amazing creation of a huge kingdom of violinists/musicians who will carry forward your torch.

from:  Usha Padmanabhan
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:36 IST

A great name in the field of music, reigned for decades. I salute to
this great talent. He was one among the Gods Of Sangeet!

from:  Nandan G Herlekar
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:20 IST

First it is MSG. Now Lalgudi. Two huge losses for Carnatic music.

from:  N.S.Srinivasa
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:18 IST

End of an era. A generation of people were mesmerized by his music.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:08 IST

In passing away of Lalgudi Jayaraman, we have lost a great artist, it is an irreparable loss for Carnatic Music.

from:  Balasubramanian A
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 21:00 IST

Lalgudi Jayaraman was a perfectionist and a purist's delight. His recitals always drew full houses for he was a virtuoso who handled the violin like a magic wand and there was never an occasion when his renderings attracted any criticism and even acerbic critics like the late Subbudo never failed to appreciate his deft delineation of the ragas.The world of classical music has lost a giant who strode the music firmament like a colossus.

from:  C V ARAVIND
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 20:57 IST

I had the first oppertunity to listen in the year 1951 at Binny
subbRao Ramanavami festival coimbatore. What a great Artiste.Great loss
to the world of carnatic Music

from:  M.Ramanathan
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 20:54 IST

Extremely sad News. He accompanied great vocalist like Ariyakudi,
Chembai, Semmangudi, G. N. B, Madurai Mani Iyer, Maharajapuram, D. K.
Jayaraman and Mangalampalli.great loss to Carnatic Music.May his soul
rest in peace.

from:  kari chakrapani
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 20:47 IST

certainly it is a great loss to the Music World .Not only a musician
he is a great ' Vaggeyakkara', thus he wrote many krithees, padhams,
javalees, thillanas as like as his father . Even though he has not
accompanied to lady artistes as said, he was the Guru to so many
leading artistes such as Bombay Jayasree, Visaka Hari and etc . May
his soul rest in peace at the abode of Lord Guruvayurappan ! Our
sincere condolences to the family members of Lalgudy! Viji and
GJRKrishnan has to improve the Lalgudy Pani through their sishyas in
and around the world. Then only Lalgudys soul would rest in peace !

from:  Guruvayurappadhasan Sundararaman
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 20:35 IST

It is extremely sad to hear about Mr. Lalgudi Jayaraman's demise. May his soul rest in peace. What an amazing violinist he was. His contribution to Carnatic Music will always be fondly remembered and highly honoured.

from:  Krishna Menon
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 20:21 IST

Alothough I'm no expert on South India's classical music, I enjoyed his violin. A legend, although gone will always live in his music.

from:  M Padmanabhan
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 20:17 IST

Oh what a great loss to the music world! May his soul rest in peace!

from:  Dr. V. Ramanathan
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 20:14 IST

He was a legend and a master of his art. This is a great loss to music.
My prayers to him and his family.

from:  vijay
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 19:56 IST

The great loss to Carnatic Music. It is very sad news.. This GOD will be always GOD.

from:  Akhilesh Iyer
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 19:53 IST

Today the violin will weep. The whole music world has lost one of the
greatest musicians of all time . Being born from the same place , I feel
it is a personal loss. May his soul RIP.

from:  Ramseshan
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 19:51 IST

Rest in peace! few days back PB Srinivas, TK Ramamoorthy now Lalgudi..........

from:  Abdul Hameed
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013 at 19:49 IST

The members of Sree Ramaseva Mandali Trust,Bangalore, deeply mourn the demise of the great violin maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman. He was associated with our Mandali for more than 50 Years. He has performed number of concerts including solo performances and accompained many
great personalities. He was awarded the presdtigious SV Narayanaswamy Rao Memorial Award in the year 2006 by the than Governor Of Maharastra Sri SM Krishna.


Rama Prasad SN
Managing Trustee.

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