B. KRISHNAMOORTHY - A devoted teacher of Carnatic music
Vidwan B. Krishnamoorthy is a multifaceted artist – Carnatic vocalist, musicologist, researcher, and passionate teacher. He was born on 24 August 1932 at Padarakudi near Karaikudi, where he lived with his maternal grandfather for a while. He had three brothers, the eldest being the late Sangita Kalanidhi B. Rajam Iyer. Krishnamoorthy’s biological mother gave him in adoption to her childless elder sister Ananthalakshmi. So it was that little Krishnamoorthy grew up in his ‘Periamma’s’ house at Paganeri. Fond of music, he liked to listen to the songs of S.G. Kittappa, Subbiah Bhagavatar and others. The Sri Rama Navami Utsavam was a grand annual celebration at home. Attracted to the bhajana paddhati, the child started learning the songs when he was five years old from Atmanatha Iyer and Tirukoshtiyur Iyengar. He knew all the songs by heart – from the Todayamangalam to the final Deepa Pradakshinam. He can remember most of it even now.
After a few years, Krishnamoorthy moved to Karaikudi with his grandfather, a purohit knowledgeable in the sastras and astrology. It was in Karaikudi that the foundation for serious music and Sanskrit was laid for him. His school teacher Ramanatha Iyer, father of mridanga vidwan Karaikudi Mani, was fond of music and promoted many young musicians. A student of Mazhavarayanendal Subbarama Bhagavatar and Swaminatha Bhagavatar, he developed a liking for young Krishnamoorthy and encouraged him. In Karaikudi, Krishnamoorthy learnt music from Rama Iyengar (a disciple of Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar), and Sanskrit from Sundara Sastri at Koviloor near Karaikudi.
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