He holds Guinness World Record for playing 35 talas in 12 min. 25 seconds
Midtur Tarigopula Narayana, an illustrious son of Kurnool district, was in the limelight once again when he received the Hamsa award from Chief Minister on Ugadi Day at Hyderabad.
Mr. Narayana, 77, had many State and national-level awards to his credit in recognition of his contribution to music. He holds Guinness World Record for playing 35 talas (rhythmic beats) in 12 minutes and 25 seconds.
Mr. Narayana who hails from Midtur near Nandikotkur in Kurnool district was fascinated by ‘dolu’ (a leather made horizontal drum) at a young age and joined as a disciple of Madduleti, a local musician.
After two years of initial practice, he moved to Tirupati to join the team of C. Muniramaiah, a renowned drum player. He spent nearly 10 years with his Guru mastering all nuances of drum beating in Carnatic musical stream.
After his return to Midtur, he set up a music school and taught drum beating for hundreds of students for nearly 20 years before his migration to Hyderabad in 1981 where his sons started a small business.
Mr. Narayana attended many concerts performed by great vocal artistes at international functions. He played the instrument at the inauguration of Telugu Mahasabhalu at Tirupati recently.
His grandchildren Pranav (6) and Manideep (5) also excelled in instrumental music. One of them lives in the United States and takes lessons regularly from his grandfather online.