Mavelikkara S. R. Raju
Mavelikara S. R. Raju is an acclaimed Carnatic music percussionist. He is adept in playing the mridangam. He is the sishya (disciple) of the celebrated Mridangam maestro Mavelikara Krishnankutty Nair.
His father M.N. Raghavan Pillai, was a mridangam player who played for harikathas and dramas. So right from childhood, he has had a fascination for the mridangam. In 1958 he joined All India radio as a mridangam artiste. In 1999 Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy granted its fellowship to him.
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