Sirkazhi Govindarajan

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Sirkazhi Govindarajan
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Background information
Birth name Sirkazhi Govindarajan
Tamil: சீர்காழி கோவிந்தராஜன்[1]
Born (1933-01-19)January 19, 1933
Sirkazhi, Madras Presidency, British India
Died 24 March 1988(1988-03-24) (aged 55)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Genres Film music (playback singing), Indian classical music
Occupations Singer, Actor
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1952–1988

Sirkazhi Govindarajan (Tamil: சீர்காழி கோவிந்தராஜன்; January 19, 1933 - March 24, 1988) was a leading vocalist in Carnatic Music.

Govindarajan, was born at Sirkali, a small town in Madras Presidency (Present day Tamil Nadu) to Siva Chidambaram and Avayambal Ammal. Sirkali was the birthplace of Thirugnanasambandar, one of the Samaya Naalvar and the 63 Nayanmar of the Saiva faith. It was little wonder that he became a child prodigy performing at the Tirupurasundari Temple at the age of eight on the occasion of the Gnana Paal Festival.[2] His son Sirkazhi G. Sivachidambaram is also a Carnatic singer.[3]

He graduated from the Tamil Isai College in Chennai in 1949 with the Degree 'Isaimani'. He also graduated with the Degree of 'Sangeetha Vidwan'. At the same time, he started rigorous training (Gurukulavasam) under his Guru Sri.Thiruppampuram Swaminatha Pillai, who was then a Professor at the Central College of Carnatic Music, Madras. Under his tutelage and in-depth study, he gained knowledge of the nuances and intricacies of Indian Music, especially, Classical Carnatic Music. During this period, 1951–1952, he won many competitions, conducted by the Sangeetha Vidwat Sabha(Music Academy) and the Rasika Ranjani Sabha. He was the proud recipient of three Gold Medals(First Place) in the austere and hallowed halls of Sangeetha Vidwat Sabha (Music Academy) from Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer. "Sangeetha Vidwan" Sirkali won all first places in the three categories: Apoorva Krithis of Sri Thyagaraja swamigal, Ragam-Thanam-Pallavi, and Tamil Classical Songs.[4]

He was conferred the Padma Shri award by the Government of India. The Central College of Carnatic Music was the next institution for his musical enrichment.

Govindarajan had also done playback singing in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films.[5] Madras University conferred a doctorate (Honoris Causa) on him in 1983. He died in 1988, aged 55.

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