Lalgudi Jayaraman gets Y.T. Thathachari Award

Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, violin maestro, being presented the Y.T. Thathachari Award for lifetime achievement in fine arts, in Mysore on Saturday. Madhuri Thathachari; G.T. Narayan Rao, critic; Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamy, Suttur Math pontiff; and R.K. Srikantan, renowned Carnatic vocalist, are seen.  

MYSORE, AUG. 21. Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, violin maestro, was on Saturday presented the Prof. Y.T. Thathachari Award for lifetime achievement in the field of fine arts.

At a function organised here by Bhramara Trust of Y.T. Thathachari and Madhuri Thathachari and the Federation of Music Sabhas of Mysore, Mr. Jayaraman was also bestowed with the title Nada Sudhapayonidhi. In response to the felicitation, Mr. Jayaraman said, "Music is a divine gift preserved and handed down by our ancestors, which has to be in turn preserved for posterity.'' Music, he said, made us forget the surroundings as well as anger, and took us close to God. It was the duty of the audience to promote the arts, and also prepare the next-generation audience, he added.

Recalling his association with Mysore, a nostalgic Mr. Jayaraman said he had received an overwhelming response from the music lovers in all his concerts in the city. Recalling a concert at Nadabrahma Sangeeta Sabha on October 4, 1958, the maestro said that he had received compliments from the violin stalwart, Piteelu Chowdiah. Every concert in Mysore had been memorable, he added.

Earlier, in his felicitation speech, R.K. Srikantan, doyen of Carnatic music, said Mr. Jayaraman's name had become synonymous with the violin and he had been a source of inspiration to many upcoming artistes. He said, "It is no exaggeration that Carnatic music has been considerably enriched by him in more ways than one. He is a highly accomplished soloist, able accompanist, teacher par excellence, vocalist and one of the most prolific composers of the modern era.''

Showering rich compliments on Mr. Jayaraman's style, he said bhava and sophistication were the prime ingredients of blissful music, and these had been given due importance by Mr. Jayaraman. Mr. Jayaraman's influence on the younger generation had been profound and his performances had taken audiences by storm. Playing with rare dexterity, skill and sensitivity, his style was very fluid. Mr. Jayaraman symbolised the highest standards of excellence and achievement in the field of performing arts and had left an indelible stamp as an accompanist with brilliant artistic acumen. Referring to the violin maestro as a master of impeccable laya, Mr. Srikantan said Mr. Jayaraman's music was underlined by its singularity and imaginative ragalapana. Having not only introduced attractive rhythmic intricacies into the compositions, Mr. Jayaraman had composed many tana and pada, varanas, tillanas and kritis, and his compositions could be found in Tamil, Telugu and Sanskrit.

The pontiff of Suttur Math, Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamy, the critic G.T. Narayan Rao and the trustee of Bhramara Trust, Madhuri Thathachari, were present.