Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi

In the sphere of Carnatic music, the name Lalgudi G J R Krishnan is instantly associated with melody, rhythm, masterly technique on the violin and overall musical excellence. Born in the lineage of the great Saint and Composer Shri Thyagaraja, he was meticulously groomed by his father and Guru, the great legend Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Raised in an atmosphere redolent of sublime, divine music, Krishnan has metamorphosed into an outstanding musician. Krishnan began his musical training at the tender age of five under the watchful guidance of his illustrious grandfather Lalgudi Gopala Iyer and has been honed to perfection by his illustrious father. His innate talent and the natural brilliance and musical ability combined with focused training and disciplined approach, has elevated him to a much sought after artiste and over the years he has carved an elevated niche for himself as a top-ranking violinist.

The Lalgudi Bani is unique in the sense that it comes closest to the gayaki style of musical expression with the sahitya and the emotions embedded in the composition emerging loud and clear. Krishnan has creditably internalized this exquisite quality of violin playing and is recognized by the lay and cognoscenti as an artiste of remarkable merit. He maintains a judicious balance of aesthetics and grammer, not sacrificing one at the altar of the other.

He does a lot of violin duets with his sister, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi. Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi have presented innumerable violin duets in India and many foreign countries and through their immaculate and performance have endeared themselves to audiences world over. The duo's innate talent, concentrated practice, determination to excel, acute aesthetic sensitivity, total laya control topped by perfect understanding between the siblings and their keen enthusiasm to expand their horizons has helped them to be categorized as the top violin artistes in the contemporary scenario. Together they enthrall the listeners with their adherence to the grandeur of the traditional lalgudi style, appropriately balanced with their own imaginative wanderings. Apart from the complete mastery over the instrument, it is their understanding and command over music, the hard work and their disciplined approach that has brought then to the forefront. The duo has toured many countries regaling audiences all over the world touching many heart and building bridges of friendship.

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