Tripunithura Viswanathan Gopalakrishnan

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Tripunithura Viswanathan Gopalakrishnan

Born:11 June 1932

  • He popularly known as TVG, is a Carnatic and Hindustani musician from Chennai.
  • He was awarded the Madras Music Academy’s Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 2014.
  • He hails from a family of musicians spanning over two centuries.
  • His father was a court musician for the Cochin Royal Family.
  • He is one of the rare musicians who is equally proficient in both Carnatic and Hindustani Vocal, mrudangam and violin.
  • He started playing the mridangam at the age of four and had his arangetram at the Cochin palace at the age of six.
  • He is one of the seniormost disciples of Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar.
  • Hailed as an innovator of Indian Jazz, TVG has toured all over the world with the legends like George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Handy, Ravi Shankar, Ustad Alla Rakha, etc.
  • He has also collaborated with drummer/composer Franklin Kiermyer, Don Peake, Seigfried Kutterer and Carola Grey on many occasions.
  • He was given the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990.
  • He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in the year 2012.
  • In 2018, he was awarded a doctorate by Bharatidasan University for his research on the topic “Layathwam in Carnatic music”.

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