Rasikas in flow as Lalgudi turns 80

Etched in gold: Violin vidwan Lalgudi G. Jayaraman receives a book on him from N. Ramanathan of Lalgudi Music Forum at a function in Chennai on Sunday. —   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: K. PICHUMANI.

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: When a person of the stature of violin vidwan Lalgudi G. Jayaraman celebrates his 80th birthday, there is bound to be plenty of anecdotes to recall and several facets to recount. His rasikas and students recalled incidents from his performances and aspects of his music that left them enthralled.

At a function organised by the Lalgudi Music Forum and Krishna Gana Sabha on Sunday, a book on the maestro and an audio CD of his performance were released.

R. Thiagarajan of the forum said there were about 500 to 600 hours of recorded music by the maestro that would be archived at Krishna Gana Sabha.

Efforts were on to collect video and audio recordings. N. Ramanathan, who released a book on the violinist and an audio CD of his performances, said: “We have watched his performance. Students like me learnt music listening to his recorded performances. His music is of the pure Carnatic style. His music gushes like a river, but does not break the banks.”

Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, who was associated with Mr. Jayaraman while she was compiling his works, said that if as an accompanist he elevated the concert, then as a musician he made all efforts to ensure that the music was perfect. “Every artist is a child. Lalgudi has retained the excitement of a child,” she said.