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Lived for rasikas

G.S.
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In memory Thanks to Lalgudi Jayaraman’s compositions, the mandatory tillana enhances any classical concert.

Lalgudi Jayaraman.
Lalgudi Jayaraman.

No vocal or instrumental concert or even a classical dance would be complete without a composition of Lagudi Jayaraman being featured. They are that widely popular. One, who reviewed his violin concerts, always felt his handling of instrument and play his technique, carried some uniqueness in his style of violin play. His sudden demise recently left many broken hearted. But he made sure his name is cherished forever.

Jayaraman, like his father Gopala Iyer, imbibed playing veena and flute. He accompanied many vocalists but soon attained fame as a soloist. He was master composer in Sanskrit, Telugu and Kannada too. He travelled around the world, spreading the flavour of Carnatic music. His contribution to this field was so rich that he was conferred many titles and awards, including ‘Padma Shri’ and ‘Padma Bhushan’. Jayaraman’s self-analytical approach towards his music resulted in new ideas, innovation and composing skills, which evolved into what is called ‘Lalgudi Bani’. He composed a number of varnams, kritis and tillanas.

Jayaraman had a stint in films too and won national award for composing music for a Tamil film Sringara in 2006.

Jayaraman passed on these skills to his children Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi. At the age of ten, Krishnan could memorise and sing nearly 200 kirtanas. His sister did not lag behind. She too has memorised 800 kirtanas, with grammar. This family’s stress was always on ‘jeeva swaras’ and keep watch on the rich form of the kriti. Krishnan says his father had set new benchmark and formed concept of aesthetics. Jayaraman never differentiated between his own children and other disciples and shared whatever he knew with his ‘sishyas’.

He always saw ‘nature in music and music in nature’ His bani was always vivacious, lively and with dignity. He would not hesitate to go out of the way to please rasikas but in the direction of elevating taste of rasikas. Thus Jayaraman led a purposeful life laying path for the next generation and achieving international fame.

G.S.

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