Speakers hailed the mighty contribution of violin maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman to the world of arts, at his 80th birthday celebration that began here on Saturday.

Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said Mr. Jayaraman was a role model to many. “His devotion and dedication to music has to be emulated by young artistes. He has popularised south Indian classical music worldwide and brought global acclaim to it,” he said.

Member of Parliament Kanimozhi said Mr. Jayaraman's music had enriched the field of arts in several ways. “His inspiring thillanas beautifully lend themselves to different adaptations.”

Ms. Kanimozhi added that he elevated the status of the violin in India and made it an indispensable part of contemporary carnatic concerts.

Vocalist M.Balamuralikrishna said Mr.Jayaraman always enriched the main artiste's performance. “He would not focus on getting applause for himself. Instead, he would give his best and embellish the singer's work with his playing, thereby evoking an applause for the vocalist.” “He is a very capable singer, too. Good he did not take up vocal music, or musicians like me would have had a difficult time,” Mr.Balamuralikrishna said. Dancer Padma Subrahmanyam said Mr.Jayaraman was an extraordinary composer, who came up with pieces that were “emotionally flowing.”

Theatre personality P.C.Ramakrishna and Lakshmi Devnath, biographer, who has penned ‘The Lustre of Brilliance – the authorised biography of the incurable romantic Shri. Lalgudi G. Jayaraman,' read out excerpts from the work.

This was a prelude to the launch of the biography scheduled later this year.