Famous violinist Lalgudi G Jayaraman passed away in Chennai on Monday evening. He was 82 and died in a city hospital after having a cardiac arrest.
Hailing from Lalgudi in Tiruchi district, Mr. Jayaraman played for great mastroes, including Musiri Subramania Iyer, M.M. Dandapani Desikar, G. N. Balasubramaniam, Madurai Mani Iyer, Ramnad Krishnan, Madurai S. Somasundaram and Maharajapuram Santhanam.
Lalgudi also was a noted composer and became a sought-after solo artist. His skill and the unique 'gayaki' style of playing the violin brought him international fame and numerous awards, including the Padma Bhushan and a Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowship. He also has several famous students, including the Oscar-nominated singer Bombay Jayashri.
Lalgudi Jayaraman is survived by his wife, son and daughter. His son Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and daughter GJR Vijayalakshmi are also violionists.