Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu

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Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu
Background information
Born (1893-11-08)8 November 1893
Bangalore, India
Origin Andhra Pradesh, India
Died 25 November 1964 (aged 71)
Genres Indian Classical Music
Occupation(s) Violinist
Instruments Violin

Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu (8 November 1893 – 25 November 1964) was one of the most important carnatic music violinists of the 20th century. Naidu was partially blind. He played at the National Physical Laboratory auditorium, New Delhi in 1952, to raise funds for the Blind Relief Association and he is the relative of famous kuchipudi dancer Padma sri Dr Shoba Naidu.

Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu statue at RK Beach

Early life[edit]

Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu was born on 8 November 1893, which happened to be Deepavali day, in Bangalore, India and was raised in Visakhapatnam. He was appointed Professor of violin in the Maharaja's Music College in Vijayanagaram, at the young age of 26, and became its principal in 1936.

Performing career[edit]

His first solo concert was given in Vellore in 1938. He was known for his extremely well developed soft bowing technique combined with a firm fingering technique. He wrote several articles on music, like an essay on the "Peculiar characteristics of the tambura". He cautioned his disciples against missing practice even for a day. “If you don’t practice for one day, you will notice your mistakes, if you don’t practice for two days the audience would notice your mistakes!!”. He often used to say, "Music is an audible tapas."

Yehudi Menuhin, a world-renowned violinist, was greatly impressed when he heard Dwaram play at Justice P. V. Rajamannar's house. The famous playback singer Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao learned Carnatic music under Naidu. Kalaimamani SMT.Radhanarayanan is also a disciple of V.naidu. Shri Venkateshwaran, vocalist is a student of Radhanarayanan.

Awards and honours[edit]

The Sri Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu Memorial Trust was established in Chennai. Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu Kalakshetram was established in Visakhapatnam.

Statues of this notable musician have been erected in Visakhapatnam and Chennai, India.

Personal life[edit]


  • Eminent Musicologist Dwaram Bhavanarayana rao is his son.[3] Prof. Dwaram Lakshmi, Dwaram Venkata Sarada Padmasree, Dwaram Anantha Venkata Swamy, Dr.Dwaram Venkata Krishna Ganesha Tyagaraj, Dwaram Srinivasa Pavan kumar are the children of Dwaram Bhavanarayana Rao and Dwaram Venkata Varadamma.
  • Dwaram Anantha Venkata Swamy is his grandson.[4] He is a Civil Engineer working in Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.
  • Dwaram lakshmi is daughter of Dwaram Bhavanarayana Rao. She is Vocalist presently working as professor in Padmavathi Mahila University.[5]
  • Justice Meenakumari,[6] is grand daughter of Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu and presently working as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court .

His Students[edit]

Several Students learned music under him.The notable students are 1.Garimella Naga Raja Rao 2.Radha Narayanan


  1. ^ Music Archived 16 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Final Awards.xls Archived 22 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Bhavanarayana Rao Dwaram, Luminaries of 20th Century, Part I, Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005, pp: 401–2.
  4. ^ VizagCityOnline.com – Personality Profile
  5. ^ The Hindu : Arts / Music : Sharp manodharma
  6. ^ [1]

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