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Family members of Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu garlanding his statue on the Beach Road in the city.
Family members of Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu garlanding his statue on the Beach Road in the city.

Legendary violinist Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu’s statue on the Beach Road was garlanded on his 119{+t}{+h}birth anniversary on Tuesday by music lovers, his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

A child prodigy, he became an expert player at the age of 14. Prof. Venkataswamy Naidu succeeded “Harikadha Pitamaha” Adibhatla Narayanadas as Principal of Maharaja College of Music and Dance, Vizianagaram.

He won several awards and titles, including Gandharva Vidya Bhushanam, Ganakala Visarada, Sangita Kalanidhi (1941), Padma Shri (1959), Sangita Ratnakara, Kala Prapurna (1950) etc.

His disciples include his daughter Mangatayaru, playback singer Gantasala Venkateswara Rao, Marella Kesavarao, T.R. Mahalingam, Ammula Satyavathi, among others.

A statue of Prof. Venkataswamy Naidu was also erected in Chennai.


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