Lalgudi Jayarama Iyer
() (born September 17, 1930, India
) is a well-known Carnatic violinist
, vocalist and composer.
Early life and background
Born in the lineage of an illustrious disciple of the great saint musician Thyagaraja
, Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman inherited the essence of Carnatic music from his versatile father late V R Gopala Iyer
who trained him meticulously.
At the early age of 12 he started his musical career as an accompanying violinist.
Being endowed with rich imagination, quick grasp and an ability to adapt easily to the individual styles of the leading maestros in Carnatic music
while accompanying them in their concerts, he reached the forefront in rapid strides. The rich concert experience he thus gained, coupled with sheer hard work and perseverance and the strong urge to give original expression to the musical ideas surging in him, he emerged as a solo violinist of rare brilliance.
He revolutionised the style of violin playing by inventing a whole new technique that is designed to best suit the needs of Indian Classical Music
and establishing a unique style that came to be known as 'Lalgudi Bani
'. His flawless and fascinating style, graceful and original, yet not divorced from traditional roots gained him numerous fans. This multi dimensional personality have to his credit composed several 'kritis
' and 'varnams
' and dance... Read More