Kunnakudi: RIP

Hindu reports on the passing away of the renowned violinist Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan:

Born on March 2, 1935, he trained under his father Ramaswamy Sastry. As a youngster, he accompanied stalwarts, including Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Maharajapuram Santhanam and Chittoor Subramanya Pillai. He also performed with legendary nagaswara vidwans such as T.N. Rajarathinam Pillai and Thiruvenkadu Subramania Pillai.

He made a mark in classical music as well as film music, and made conscious attempts to make music more accessible to the common man.

I remember a Kumudam edition for which he was the editor, in which he recounted the story of his becoming a violinist and also the extraordinary training he underwent. Unfortunately, I had never heard him live 😦

Here is Music India Online page of Kunnakudi. He will be missed!

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2 Responses to “Kunnakudi: RIP”

  1. Jayan Says:


    I dont know if the so called music fraternity has recognised this genius. He chose to walk a path different from those conformists and with his idiosyncrasy and on stage mannerism might not helped that cause. However, he is such a crowd puller and was one of the few musicians who could identify with general public. May be the future generation will discuss him as Rajaratnam Pillai , T R Mahalingam and others.


  2. Guru Says:

    Dear Jayan,

    You echoed my thoughts; I also think that his non-conformism might have made him not so famous in the concert circuits — but that he is a genius is beyond doubt.


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