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M.S. Gopalakrishnan Padma Bhushan Awarded In 2012

M.S. Gopalakrishnan

M.S. Gopalakrishnan

Award Name : Padma Bhushan

Year of Award : 2012

Award for : Arts

Location : Mylapore, Tamil Nadu, India


M.S. Gopalakrishnan was a violinist in the field of Carnatic music. He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Kalaimamani, Sangeetha Kalanidhi and 1997 Sangeet Natak Akademi awards, and is commonly grouped with Lalgudi Jayaraman and T.N.Krishnan as part of the violin-trinity of Carnatic Music. He was born on June 10, 1931 in Mylapore. MSG learnt from his father, late Professor Parur Sundaram Iyer, the famous violinist who was an authority on the two systems of Indian Classical Music i.e. North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic) systems. MSG learnt both systems from his father and gave his first performance along with his father at age of eight. A top ranking violinist, outstanding soloist and accompanist, MSG has been in the music arena for over fifty years playing both Hindustani and Carnatic Music. MSG has done vast research on violin playing techniques. He has developed a new unique style called the "Parur style". He has played the violin for over fifty years as a soloist and accompanist, having accompanied Omkarnath Thakur and D. V. Paluskar, and has toured Australia, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.