Artist Highlight

Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar

A programme on Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar in connection with his death anniversary on January 11.

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RJ: Srividya

Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar

A programme on Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar in connection with his death anniversary on January 11.

Narayana Iyengar was born on 25 January 1903, near Tirunelveli. Though Narayana Iyengar displayed an early fascination for music, he only commenced learning formally at the age of 14. His guru was Kodaganallur Subbaiyya Bhagavatar, a fine vocalist who could also play the gotuvadyam. Narayana Iyengar was enchanted with the beauty, challenge and scope of the gottuvadyam, and he started learning from Tiruvidaimarudur Sakharama Rao. With his inherent talent and his total dedication, Narayana Iyengar soon mastered the instrument to such an extent that the instrment came to be prefixed to his name. While he was still only in his mid-20s, Narayana Iyengar was invited to be a royal artiste in Trivandrum and later in Mysore. He performed in many prestigious events like the 42nd Indian National Congress meet at Madras in 1927, which was also the inaugural year of the Madras Music Academy.

Songs in this Program