T. K. Murthy

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T. K. Murthy
Mohd. 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.jpg
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
Background information
Also known asTKM, Chittu, Krishna Murthy
Born (1924-08-13) 13 August 1924 (age 95)
GenresCarnatic music
Instrumentsmridangam, Konakkol
Years active1934–present
WebsiteT K Murthy

Thanu Krishna Murthy (born 13 August 1924), better known as T. K. Murthy, is an Indian mridangam player. He was awarded the Madras Music Academy's Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1994.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2][3]

Career[edit]

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.[citation needed] In a career spanning over 80 years, Murthy has accompanied eminent artistes from several generations.[1] 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.

Recognition[edit]

Murthy has received honors and awards including the following:

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. [4]

References[edit]

[5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]

  1. ^ a b K. T. P., Radhika (8 August 2019). "T.K. Murthy looks back at a rhythm-filled life". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  2. ^ Ganesh, Deepa (29 January 2015). "Sparrow's monstrous talent". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  3. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (24 January 2015). "Tunes from the third generation". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  4. ^ "PadmaAwards-2017" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 January 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Achievement worth its weight in platinum". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 3 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Anniversary fete". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 20 March 2009.
  7. ^ http://www.hinduonnet.com/2001/11/05/stories/13050074.htm
  8. ^ "Zakir Hussain, Vinayak Ram praise mridangam maestro's contributions". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 10 July 2009.
  9. ^ "Dr. T K Murthy". www.carnatica.net. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Indian Heritage - Music - Profiles of Artistes - M2". www.saigan.com. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Saying it rhythmically". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 24 July 2009.
  12. ^ "dr.t k murthy-mrudangist". Hub. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  13. ^ "www.kutcheribuzz.com/Celebrating Dr. T.K. Murthy". www.kutcheribuzz.com. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  14. ^ http://tkmurthy.com/awards.html
  15. ^ "Mridangam vidwan to be felicitated". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 3 July 2009.
  16. ^ http://www.hinduonnet.com/fr/2007/04/27/stories/2007042700400300.htm
  17. ^ http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2002110600100200.htm&date=2002/11/06/&prd=mp&
  18. ^ Video on YouTube

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