G. J. R. Krishnan

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G. J. R. Krishnan
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G J R Krishnan performing
Background information
Birth name Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan
Born (1960-04-15) April 15, 1960 (age 55)
Genres Classical, fusion
Occupation(s) Violinist, composer
Instruments Violin
Years active 1973 – present
Website http://www.lalgudigjrkrishnan.com/
Notable instruments

'Lalgudi' G. J. R. Krishnan (born 15 April 1960) is a well-known Carnatic violinist, vocalist and composer.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

G. J. R. Krishnan was born in Chennai to violin maestro, Lalgudi Jayaraman.

A post graduate in commerce and a Cost & Works Accountant by education, Krishnan has dedicated his life to a career in music.

In the sphere of Carnatic music, the name Lalgudi G J R Krishnan is instantly associated with melody, rhythm, masterly technique on the violin and overall musical excellence. Born in the lineage of the great Saint and Composer Shri Thyagaraja, he was meticulously groomed by his father and Guru, the great legend Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Raised in an atmosphere redolent of sublime, divine music, Krishnan has metamorphosed into an outstanding musician. Krishnan began his musical training at the age of five under the watchful guidance of his illustrious grandfather Lalgudi Gopala Iyer and has been honed to perfection by his illustrious father. His innate talent and the natural brilliance and musical ability combined with focused training and disciplined approach, has elevated him to a much sought after artiste and over the years he has carved an elevated niche for himself as a top-ranking violinist.

The Lalgudi Bani is unique in the sense that it comes closest to the gayaki style of musical expression with the sahitya and the emotions embedded in the composition emerging loud and clear. Krishnan has creditably internalized this exquisite quality of violin playing and is recognized by the lay and cognoscenti as an artiste of remarkable merit. He maintains a judicious balance of aesthetics and grammar, not sacrificing one at the altar of the other.


G. J. R. Krishnan debuted in 1973 and became popular. He travels extensively on musical tours all over the world. His style like his father's is the gayaka style closest to vocal rendition.

He does a lot of duets with his sister, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, a violin player.[2] The important feature is that one could decipher the sahithya from their performance, whether it was 'Jananipahi' (Ragam Shuddha Saveri), 'Smarasada maanasa' (Bilahari) of Swati Tirunal or 'Aadamodi galade' (Charukesi) of Tyagaraja or 'Govardhanagireesam' (Hindolam) of Muthuswami Dikshitar.[3]

Lalgudi G J R Krishnan has performed in the Violin Trio and Duel format almost in all prestigious venues in India. He has widely travelled the globe in all facets as a musician rendering concerts and captivating audiences across the globe and representing the country in many prestigious International events

- Performance in the Lincoln center, New york

- June 2004-Krishnan conducted a symphony "Sunada Pravaham" in the Singapore Arts Festival

- Tropical Institute of Amsterdam

- Concertgebouw-Amsterdam in the Indo Amsterdam Festival

- Smithsonian Institution-Washington, USA

- India festival at USSR

- Purcell Room, London


Krishnan's prodigious performing skills and a deep perception of the precious art of Carnatic Music have earned for him many prestigious titles and awards and recognition by many organizations and in various forums.

1981 - Jaycees Award

1986 - Best Violinist Award from the Music Academy, Chennai

1987 - Yuva Kala Bharathi - - by Bharat Kalachar, Chennai

1990 - Creatalent Award

1992 - "ISSAIPPEROLI" from Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai

1997 - Rajamanikam Pillai Memorial Award from Sriragam Fine Arts

1997 - Rotary Award for Vocational Excellence from Rotary Club of Nangallur

1998 - The Title of "Sangeetha Choodamani: was conferred by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha ,Chennai

1998 - "Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Award " the Kalki Krishnamurthy Centenary year from the Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Trust

2004 - "Nadhabhushanam" from Sree Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, New Delhi

2006 - "Kalaimamani" by the Tamil Nadu Isai Nataka Manram, Chennai

2007 - Appointed Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Mutt in Kanchipuran

2009 - "Sangeetha Kalasagara' Award conferred at the 42nd Annual Cultural Festival of Music,Dance & Drama


  • Bow to the violins
  • for more visit www.lalgudigjrkrishnan.com


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