Posts Tagged ‘Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan’

Kunnakudi: RIP

September 9, 2008

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!