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Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan

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Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan (March 2, 1935 - September 8, 2008) was an Indian classical music violinist.

Early life

He was born to Sri Ramaswamy Sastri and Smt. Meenakshi at Kunnakudi, a temple town of Lord Murugan in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

His father was an erudite scholar in Sanskrit and Tamil besides being a great composer and exponent of Carnatic Music and Kathakalakshepam. Vaidyanathan started learning South Indian Classical Music from his father at a very young age.

Vibhuti or sacred Ash and a big Vermilion dot smeared prominently on his forehead were his trademark symbols.

Career

The Violin was his forte. Known for the dexterity and subtlety in handling the violin, he catered not only to the music scholar but also to the layman. His play reflected his own different moods and the demands of his audience with whom he established and enjoyed a good rapport. He dwelled with ease and competence in the high as well as the low octaves.

At the young age of 12, he accompanied great stalwarts like Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Maharajapuram Santhanam in concerts. He also performed with legendary Nadaswaram vidwans like T.N.Rajarathinam Pillai and Thiruvenkadu Subramania Pillai [1].

He stopped accompanying vocal artistes in 1976 to concentrate more on solo concerts. He was famous for his fingering techniques on the violin. His interest in new attempts and innovations led him to work with veteran thavil vidwan Valayapatti Subramanian. They performed over 3,000 shows together which were also very successful.

Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan had deep faith in the therapeutic merits of music.

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  • shadowleoness

    this sound is so beautiful, very earthy and raw. Bo Sambho seems very carnal, i enjoy listening to it. So glad to have found him!

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  • -tgt-

    Finally, a picture for Kunnakudi, wonderful!

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