MUSICIANS OF KERALA
NEYYATTINKARA M.K. MOHANACHANDRAN
Neyyattinkara is a municipal town on the banks of the Neyyar river 20 kilometres south of Thiruvananthapuram. This serene place flush with paddy fields, coconut, tapioca, banana and arecanut gardens gave birth to two of the state’s towering Carnatic musicians—Vasudevan and Mohanachandran who were also contemporaries. Mohanachandran was born on 11 October 1939 and had his initial training from his mother Anandavalli Amma, an accomplished musician serving as a deputy secretary with the government of Kerala. He later learnt from local musicians before enrolling for B.A. (Music) at Annamalai University and Master of Music at the University of Mysore. At Annamalai University he was privileged to study under great stalwarts like M.M. Dandapani Desigar, T.K. Rangachari, and Dr. S. Ramanathan. In the University of Mysore, Prof. M. Visweswaran and Dr. Gowri Kuppuswamy, noted musicologist, were his mentors. He gained teaching experience in various colleges of the University of Kerala such as Government College for Women, Trivandrum, Government Music College, Chittoor and Palghat. He was Head of the Music Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, and Chairman, University of Kerala, the Board of Studies in Music, Sree Sankaracharya University, Kalady, Kerala. He also served Calicut University, Gandhiji University, Madurai Kamaraj University, and University of Mysore.
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