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Updated: September 30, 2010 04:09 IST

Renowned Ghatam exponent passes away

Meera Srinivasan
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T.V.Vasan. File photo
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T.V.Vasan. File photo

Renowned Ghatam exponent T.V. Vasan passed away in New Delhi on Wednesday, following a cardiac arrest. He was 61.

He had gone to New Delhi to be part of a jury to audition artistes for performance in the All India Radio.

Born into a family of musicians as one among nine children, Mr. Vasan grew up in an atmosphere of melody and rhythm.

Along with his eldest brother, renowned musician T.V. Gopalakrishnan (TVG) and older brother noted violinist T.V. Ramani, Mr. Vasan made a mark in the field of Carnatic music through his sensitive accompaniment. He could play for artistes of different styles.

Recalling his brother's performances, Mr. Gopalakrishnan said, “He has played for many doyens of those years and all leading contemporary musicians. M.S. and D.K.P. were very fond of him and his playing,” he said.

Mr. Vasan, who learnt from his brother TVG and later from Prof. Velukutty Nair in Kerala, was a versatile artiste who has served the AIR for nearly three decades. “He could play the Thavil with great ease. He was also a good vocalist. He retired from service just a year ago. I am about 20 years older than him and have seen him grown up. The loss is irreparable,” Mr. Gopalakrishnan said.

Artistes recalled Mr. Vasan's expertise in recording and sound engineering. “Many artistes would insist that he be present for their recording for the AIR,” said Mridangam exponent Karaikudi Mani.

“We have collaborated for several of my ‘Sruthilaya' ensembles. He was keen on learning new things and was a passionate artiste,” he added.

A very caring and loving person, Mr. Vasan could not see anyone suffer. “He would go out of his way to help artistes and friends. He was a remarkable human being. It is indeed a great loss,” Mr. Mani said.

Mr. Vasan is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Keywords: T.V. VasanGhatam


Meera SrinivasanJune 28, 2012

It's perhaps a great loss for carnatic music. I got a privilege to attend all his concerts at TVM. Spent sometime with him when he arrived for Swathi Sangeetholsavam....

May his soul rest in peace....

My condolences!

from:  Pranavam Ravikumar
Posted on: Oct 13, 2010 at 15:32 IST

dear shri tvgopalkrishnan athan we are sorry to hear one of our

from:  rajan seshadri
Posted on: Oct 8, 2010 at 09:23 IST

Vasan Sir... Its shocking and unbelievable. I will miss his presence with an aura on the concert platforms

from:  Raghavendran
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 18:03 IST

Vasan Mama possessed the skill which the layman could perhaps miss but not the connoisseur. He was a musician made his name, not from the audience, but from the select Vidwans!! Though we shall miss his physical presence, his special music will ever live with us.

from:  Bhavadhaarini Anantaraman
Posted on: Oct 1, 2010 at 20:24 IST

He was a great person. In the competitive Carnatic music world of South India, he was one extremely warm and pragmatic person.

Often in the past 18 years, I had the opportunity of such debates where he would speak with great passion about Carnatic Music.

A wonderful person, upfront and caring, Shri T V Vasan will be missed by all of us.

Last evening, as we facilitated the formalities at Fortis Karol Bagh, some very fond memories of Shri Vasan filled the kaliedoscope.

May God give Girish, Vibha and Geeta-chechi all the strength and courage to wade through this terrible tragedy in the family.

Thank you Ms Meera Sreenivasan, for posting this.
God bless all.

from:  Supriyo Das
Posted on: Sep 30, 2010 at 11:11 IST
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