D. K. Jayaraman
Damal Krishnaswamy Jayaraman
DK Jayaraman (left) in concert vocally accompanying his sister, DK Pattammal; circa early 1940s.
|Born||22 July 1928|
|Origin||Kanchipuram, Madras Presidency, India|
|Died||25 January 1991 (aged 62)|
Tamil Nadu, India
|Genres||Carnatic music and playback singing|
|Labels||HMV, EMI, RPG, AVM Audio, Inreco, Charsur Digital Workshop etc.|
After learning music from his sister, he furthered his musical skills under many known masters in the field, including Muthiah Bhagavathar and Papanasam Sivan. Like his sister, Jayaraman was known for his moving krithi renditions, especially of Muthuswami Dikshitar's compositions. Jayaraman also sang Tamil songs such as those of Papanasam Sivan.
Early life and background
Born on 22 July 1928, to Damal Krishnaswamy Dikshitar and Rajammal in Kanchipuram, popularly and affectionately known as DKJ, was the brother of the music queen D.K. Pattammal. DKJ inherited his perfect diction, interest and aptitude for Tamil songs from his father who was proficient in Tamil literature.
DKJ’s first formal guru was his own sister Sangeetha Kalanidhi D.K. Pattammal to whom, he declares, he owes everything. But having a keen mind, he absorbed a lot by just listening to Vidwans like Ambi Dikshitar, N.S. Krishnaswamy Iyengar (disciple of Kanchipuram Naina Pillai), Koteeswara Iyer, Flute Venkatarama Iyer, T. L. Venkatarama Iyer and Papanasam Sivan, when they came home to coach Pattammal. DKJ was perpetually thirsty for knowledge. He once pestered DKP to write down the words of Balagopala kriti for him. Where other children cherished their wooden toys or rocking horses, DKJ’s prized possession was that bit of paper containing the great piece. He mastered the kriti overnight and rendered it perfectly the next day to an astonished but appreciative DKP. Small wonder then, that DKP fostered her younger brother‘s musical talent right from a tender age.
His son J Vaidyanathan is an eminent Mridangam player.