G. J. R. Krishnan

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Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan
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Lalgudi G J R Krishnan performing
Background information
Born Chennai, India
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 is a Carnatic violinist, vocalist and composer.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

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

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


Lalgudi 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 gives duets with his sister, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, a violin Vidushi.[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]

- 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

2015 - "Sangeet Natak Academi" Award


  • Bow to the violins