IMC OnAir – IMCRadio.Net of the promotion initiative “IMC – India meets Classic” presents it’s July show 2012 with a portrait: “Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan – The Talking Violin!“.
Our radio show is dedicated to Dr. Kunnakudi R. Vaidyanathan ( 3/2/1935 – 9/8/2008 ), a Violinist of South Indian Classics. Kunnakudi’s brand an expression of his deep religious admiration, rooted in the Hinduism, was visible from distance. The forehead painted with a Vibhuti, with dedicated ashes from cow dung and with a large red Sindoor (Vermilion point), the symbol of love and strength.
Kunnakudi R. Vaidyanathan was an innovatively, technically brilliant musician with high sympathies by the public and masses. Substantial earnings/services come to him he gave the violin a new positioning as solo instrument.
Kunnakudi changed the interpretation of Carnatic music (South Indian Classics) and Indian Light Classics. He simplified the kriti, a musical composition form in his playful rendition, in order to give the musical wishes of the public more space.
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The father, Sri Ramaswamy Sastri decided to train KV becoming an outstanding Violinis. KV was nine (9) years old. Already at the age of twelve (12) Kunnakudi accompanied some of the outstanding masters of that time, among the great vocalist of South Indian Classics: Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer (1896 – 1970).
At the age of 22 Kunnakudi received attention 1st time by a film star of the Indian cinema: M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavatar. Close to the warderobe of a studio in Madras Kunnakudi played “Bhoomiyil maanida Janmam”, a film score by which Bhagavatar became famous.
Kunnakudi decided at the age of 32 not to arise anymore as accompanying musician. His most urgent desire was to transform the violin of an accompanying instrument into a solo instrument. Kunnakudi wanted to provide a unique status for the violin. Between 1974 and 1985 Kunnakudi accompanied by the Thavil player Chakravarti Valayapatti A.R. Subramaniam gave more than 3,000 concerts. This combination of instruments rarely played, a South Indian drum and Kunnakudi’s simple, melodic violin play got recognitation by a large public.
From his childhood on Kunnakudi had a deep love for film music. Kunnakudi already carried a substantial contribution for acknowledgment of South and North Indian Classics in the Indian film genre and developing the devotional Tamil music. The formative ability to link Raga scales with film melodies was apart from the technical brilliance one of the secrets for Kunnakudi’s large popularity.
Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan possessed a deep confidence into the therapeutic effect of the Indian classical music. Kunnakudi founded 1996 the Raga Research Centre in Chennai, which he managed as a president and which was financially promoted by the federal state government Tamil Nadu for most diverse researches.
In the course of his career Kunnakudi was considered for his achievements with more than 200 titles and honours. In the year 2005 he was distinguished with the prestigious “Padma Shri” of the Indian government, 1993 he received the Sangeet Natak Adademi Award of the “Sangeet Natak Akademi”, the national academy for music, dance and drama with seat in Delhi and Imphal.