T. V. Gopalakrishnan
|Birth name||Tripunithura Viswanathan Gopalakrishnan|
|Born||11 June 1932|
|Occupations||singer, violinist, mridangist|
Tripunithura Viswanathan Gopalakrishnan (born 11 June 1932 in Tripunithura, Kerala), known as TVG, is a Carnatic and Hindustani musician from Cochin, Kerala, India. He was awarded the Madras Music Academy's Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 2014.
Gopalakrishnan was born on June 11, 1932 into a family of musicians with a history spanning over two centuries. His father, T.G. Viswanatha Bhagavathar, was a court musician for the Cochin Royal Family and a professor of music at the S.K.V. College in Thrissur. Gopalakrishnan started playing the mridangam at the age of four and had his arangetram at the Cochin palace at the age of six. He is a disciple of Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar.
The violinist, T.V. Ramani and ghatam exponent T.V. Vasan, are his siblings. T V Gopalakrishnan, nephew of G N Balasubramaniam, who runs the popular website sangeethapriya.org, devoted to Karnatik music, is a different person.
He is a musician who is equally proficient in both Carnatic and Hindustani vocals, mridangam and violin. Hailed as an innovator of Indian jazz, TVG has toured all over the world with the legends like George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Handy, Ravi Shankar, Ustad Alla Rakha, etc. He has also collaborated with drummer/composer Franklin Kiermyer, Don Peake, Seigfried Kutterer and Carola Grey on many occasions.
Gopalakrishnan was given the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in the year 2012.
In 2018, he was awarded a doctorate by Bharatidasan University for his research on the topic "Layathwam in Carnatic music". He founded a non-profit organization called the Academy of Indian Music and Arts (AIMA) with the sole vision of creating opportunities for musicians across the strata of the society in 1984. AIMA is an integrated and unique[how?] Gurukula system of specialized musical education with absolute focus on producing good professional singers and instrumentalists in various traditional disciplines, as also scholars and technicians. The art of performance and the art of teaching in music is imbibed to students of all ages and background in the unique[how?] TVG teaching method.
This is an incomplete list of releases. The release dates are also not always indicative of the original release date of the associated record.
In his career spanning over five decades, many honours and awards have been bestowed on Gopalakrishnan. These include:
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