The God of violin turns 90

Updated: 18 September, 2020 08:48 IST | Jovita Aranha | Mumbai

On his 90th birth anniversary, the Lalgudi Trust will celebrate the legend's life through rare footage, music, interviews and performances by renowned Indian classical artistes

Lalgudi Jayaraman
Lalgudi Jayaraman

It's been seven years since the Carnatic legend, Lalgudi Jayaraman, given the moniker, the God of Violin, passed on. Yet, his legacy has continued to inspire musicians
across generations.

Starting at 12, as an accompanying violinist to leading maestros, he eventually rose to the heights of brilliance as a soloist. As the world gears to celebrate his 90th birth anniversary, a three-hour programme, Lalgudi 90, will be premiered on YouTube this Sunday. Curated by the Lalgudi Trust in association with Milapfest from the UK, and supported by the Ministry of Culture, it will feature rare unseen footage, archived concerts and newly produced performances with top artistes.

Key highlights include a reimagined performance of Lalgudi's National Award-winning composition Mallari from the film, Sringaram (2007) and also an hour-long segment featuring his disciple and Harikatha exponent, Vishakha Hari, narrating his life at the ancestral Lalgudi temple. The violin cousins of the Lalgudi family will also perform his rare Varnam compositions. The grand finale, The Thillana, will feature 19 global artistes including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Bombay Jayashree and Shankar Mahadevan, among others, paying tribute to the legend in a special music video.

Shankar Mahadevan will be part of the tribute
Shankar Mahadevan will be part of the tribute

Expressing her joy, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, the legend's violinist daughter, shares, "Our dear father impacted generations as a soloist, violinist, composer, and guru. For us, preparing for the celebrations was a journey of reliving his beautiful memories. Apart from his students, eminent personalities from the Carnatic and Hindustani world came together to celebrate his life. We are blessed to pay him a tribute through Lalgudi 90."

On to September 20, 5 to 8 pm
Log on to youtube/Lalgudi Jayaraman - God of Violin

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First Published: 18 September, 2020 08:05 IST

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