M S Gopalakrishnan
M S Gopalakrishnan
He is commonly grouped with Lalgudi Jayaraman and T.N.Krishnan to be called the violin-trinity of carnatic music. Life and career MSG learnt violin from his father, late Professor Parur Sundaram Iyer, who was well versed in the two systems of Indian Classical Music, i.e. North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic) systems. MSG learnt both systems from his father and gave his first performance along with his father at age of eight. A soloist and accompanist, MSG has been in the music arena for over fifty years playing both Hindustani and Carnatic Music.
MSG has done vast research on violin playing techniques. He has developed a new unique style called the "Parur style". He is a versatile violin artiste famous for playing melodies, speed, special fingering technique, and bowing technique. His violin tonal quality will be clear, and audience can clearly hear the swarams thus making it more melodious.
He has won numerous awards including the Padma Sri, Kalaimamani, Sangeetha Kalanidhi and the Sangeet Natak Akademi award. Due to his prowess a young M.S.Gopalakrishnan was accepted by maestros of Hindustani music like Pandit Omkarnath Thakur and Pandit D. V. Paluskar as an accompanist. MSG has innovated newer techniques on his violin such as one-finger playing, thematic development on single-string octaves to make his violin a more expressive medium. Impressed by his virtuosity the internationally acclaimed Yehudi Menuhin exclaimed, 'I have not heard such violin in all my travels! How superbly this young Indian is playing our instrument.' Once he astounded an audience in Holland by playing a small piece of Beethoven.
Once Yehudi Menuhin heard MSG play the Kalyani ata varnam using only one string with so much fervour and impressed by it, mentioned everywhere about "a man who played in the G string '(with one finger)', whose name also starts with the letter G". M.S.Gopalakrishnan has toured all over the world including countries like Australia, USA, UK, Holland, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. His daughter M. Narmadha is a violin artist in her father's foot steps. Awards 1960: Violin Vadhya Samrat - Bombay Sivananda Ashram, India. 1975: Padmashri - Govt. of India 1976: Violin Vadhya Chakravarthy - NewYork, U.S.A. 1978: Kalaimamani - Govt. of Tamil Nadu, India. 1979: Kerala Sangeetha Nataka academy award, India. 1980: T.Chowdiah award - Karnataka, India. 1982: Central Sangeetha Nataka Academy award, India. 1997: Sapathagiri Sangeetha Vidwanmani - Thirupathi Devasthanam, India. 1998: Sangeetha Kalanidhi - Music Academy, Madras, India.
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