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Updated: November 19, 2013 01:15 IST

Nagaswaram exponent dies

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S.R.D. Vaidyanathan
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Vaidyanathan was recipient of many awards including Kalaimamani

S.R.D. Vaidyanathan, a famed exponent of Semponnarkoil school of nagaswaram, died here on Monday. He was 85 and is survived by wife, six daughters and a son.

Vadiyanathan was the grandson of Semponnarkoil Ramasamy Pillai, the first nagaswaram player to cut a disc as early as in the 1920s and the son of Semponnarkoil R. Dakhsinamurthy Pillai, the younger of the Semponnarkoil brothers.

If Semponnarkoil, a small town near Mayiladuthurai and sung by Saivite minstrels, could secure a prominent place in the Carnatic music world, credit should go to the brothers, who excelled in rendering rakthi melam encompassing beautiful and intricate laya.

Vaidyanathan teamed up with his brother S.R.D. Muthukumarasamy and they became the second generation of the Semponnarkoil style. He was trained by Mayavaram Ramaswami Pillai and he learnt vocal music from Thiruvazhundur A.K. Ganesan Pillai, and Madurai Mani Iyer, who was staying in Mayiladuthurai then.

“He helped me shed my inhibition and approach concerts with a free mind. As a nagaswaram player, he performed outdoor and the open space had a tremendous impact on his music. Perhaps, I imbibed the trait from him,” said vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyan, one of the students of Vaidyanathan.

Mr. Subrahmanyan, whose association with Vaidyanathan began a decade ago, said his teacher was an intelligent musician with a catholic taste. He followed a difficult kala pramanam and excelled in rendering keerthanas and tough pallavis.

“He could play every word of the viribhoni varnam in four different kalams (speed). Flute Mali had rendered it in three different kalams,” said Mr. Sanjay Subrahmanyan and recalled how he was mesmerised by his playing of entukku beddala in sankarabharanam at Tiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja festival.

Thavil player Tanjavur T.R. Govindarajan, who accompanied Vaidyanathan for many years, said only an experienced thavil player could understand his music and manage a concert.

Carnatic tradition

“While his knowledge of layam could be matched only by very few thavil players, his playing of nagaswaram strictly adhered to the Carnatic tradition,” he said.

Musicologist B.M. Sundaram said Vaidyanathan also mastered avadana pallavi: singing a pallavi and keeping at the same time different tala structures.

S.R.G. Rajanna, his cousin and another surviving senior Semponnarkoil brother, said no one could beat Vaidyanathan when it came to playing pallavis.

Music Academy’s TTK award

Vaidyanathan was recipient of many awards, including Tamil Nadu government’s Kalaimamani and the Music Academy’s TTK award.

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I haven't listen this great person music. But, through Mr.Sanjay
Subrahmanyam, I have seen some videos. He was humble. And, I can
definitely sense the music of him in Sanjay's music. This music world
didn't recognize for what you have done.

RIP Sir.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Nov 19, 2013 at 15:34 IST
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