T. K. Murthy
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T. K. Murthy
Hamid Ansari presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship-2010 to the Mridangam vidwan T. K. Murthy, at the investiture ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards-2010
|Also known as||TKM, Chittu, Krishna Murthy|
|Born||13 August 1924|
|Website||T K Murthy|
Murthy was born on 13 August 1924 to Thanu Bhagavathar and Annapurni. Murthy started playing mridangam at the age of eight, without any formal training. When Thanjavur Vaidyanatha Iyer, a mridangam virtuoso and the founder of the Thanjavur style of mridangam, happened to listen to Murthy performing at a concert, he was impressed and decided to train Murthy. Vaidyanatha Iyer took Murthy to Tanjore, where Palghat Mani Iyer and Thambuswami (brother of eminent Carnatic vocalist T. M. Thiagarajan), were also undergoing training.
Murthy's family was full of court musicians and he is the fifth generation of musicians. The family has been in music continuously for 7 generations now. His son T.K. Jayaraman was a music composer at All India Radio and grandson Karthikeya Murthy is a film music composer.
Murthy made his debut at the age of eleven, at Coimbatore, in a concert of Musiri Subramania Iyer with Karur Chinnaswami Iyer on violin and Tanjore Vaidyanatha Iyer on mridangam. Murthy has performed in more than 15,000 concerts. In a career spanning over 80 years, Murthy has accompanied eminent artistes from several generations. Some of the notable artistes with whom Murthy has performed include Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bagavathar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, M. S. Subbulakshmi, Madurai Somasundaram, D. K. Jayaraman, M. Balamuralikrishna, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, Lalgudi Jayaraman, T. V. Sankaranarayanan and U. Srinivas. Although Murthy is a staunch follower of the Thanjavur style of mridangam, he was highly influenced by the artistry of the legendary Palani Subramaniam Pillai of the Pudukottai school of mridangam playing. This blend of the Thanjavur and Pudukottai schools has become the hallmark of T.K.Murthy's special style. His style also incorporates highly calculative patterns delivered with striking clarity and suddenness.
Murthy has received honors and awards including the following:
- Laya Ratnakara from Sivananda Saraswati, Rishikesh,
- Kalaimamani from the T.N. Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram,
- Mridanga Bhoopathy from Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar,
- Mridanga Bhooshanam from Sri Sankaracharya of Kanchipuram,
- Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1987,
- Palghat Mani Iyer Award by Percussive Arts Centre, Bangalore,
- Tala Vilas Award by Sur Singar Samsad, Bombay,
- Kerala Sangeet Nataka Academy Fellowship,
- Sangeetha Kalanidhi of The Music Academy.
- Sangeet Natak Academy Fellowship, 2010 (See List of Sangeet Natak Akademi fellows § List of fellows
He was the Asthana Vidwan in Trivandrum Palace. He is a graded "National Artiste" of Prasar Bharathi.
On 25 January 2017, the Government of India announced that Murthy won the Padma Shri award for his contribution towards art and music. 
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