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Chennai (The Hindu): Violin maestro M.S. Gopalakrishnan dies at 82

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 3, 2013

M.S. Gopalakrishnan died on 3rd Jan 2013 in Chennai (tks to violinist Krishnaswamy Swamy for the photo)

M.S. Gopalakrishnan died on 3rd Jan 2013 in Chennai (tks to violinist Krishnaswamy Swamy for the photo)

Legendary violinist M.S. Gopalakrishnan (b.10 June 1931, Mylapore, Chennai, India, d.3 January 2013,Chennai,India), known for his sound knowledge of both, Carnatic and Hindustani music, passed away here around 2.00 am on Thursday. He was admitted to a city hospital following complaints of breathlessness on Wednesday evening. He was 82.

Hailing from the revered Parur lineage, MSG – as he was fondly referred to in music circles – had a remarkable career as an accompanist in his younger days. He later became one of the most important names in solo violin recitals – along with his contemporaries Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and T.N. Krishnan.

A recipient of several honours including the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and the Sangita Kalanidhi title awarded by The Music Academy, MSG was a classic example of an artiste who was always open to new ideas and influences. His style can be seen as a seamless blend of the classical and Hindustani idioms. His musical contributions spanned over 75 years.

He is survived by his wife Meenakshi, daughter, violinist and prime disciple M. Narmadha, violinist-son Suresh and daughter Latha.

(Source: 3rd January 2013 – The Hindu | Arts)

2 Responses to “Chennai (The Hindu): Violin maestro M.S. Gopalakrishnan dies at 82”

  1. M.A.Krishnaswamy said

    My uncle M.S.Gopalakrishnan who made history by establishing the Parur Style which was started by Prof. Parur A Sundaram Iyer my Grand father. My father Prof. M.S.Anantharaman is another legend. Both my father and uncle were ther Torch bearers of this great musical legacy, followed by my brother M.A.Sundareswaran and myself M.A.Krishnaswamy. Now my brothers son M.S.Ananthakrishnan and his daughter M.S.Ananthasree and my daugter M.K.Ananthalakshmi and my son M.K.Anantha Balasubramaniam are carrying forward this legacy. My Uncle who passed away recently is an inspiration to all the musicians of the past and present with his impeccable playing. He handled the instrument with so much ease that every musician envied his playing technique. I always thought he never parted us. He always lives with us………….MAK


    • Dear M.A.Krishnaswamy !

      …our condolences to you and your family. Its wonderful to notice, that the legacy of MSG is living on… 🙂 Alsways feel free to inform us by time about new activities, music projects, concerts, festivals or recordings. 🙂

      Warm Regards, ElJay A.
      (founder/owner of promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic – Chief Editor of


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