Thavil Kongampattu A V Murugaiyan (born 1964) is a thavil player from the Puducherry Union Territory in India.

In the year 2022, Govt of India conferred the Padma Shri award on Murugaiyan for his immense contribution for conserving the ancient Carnatic musical instrument thavil.[1] Murugaiyan was the only person from Puducherry Union Territory to be honoured with a Padma award in the year 2022.[2]

Early life and education

Murugaiyan was born in Kongampattu village in Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu. Later he chose to live in Chinna Kottakuppam in Puducherry Union Territory. His father Vivekanandam was also a thavil musician and Murugaiyan learned the initial lessons in thavil from his father. He completed three years of study at the Govt Music College, Thiruvaiyaru and graduated with a degree in thavil. Later he learned everything about thavil from Valayapatti A R Subramaniam, a thavil exponent who had been honored with the Padma Shri award by Govt of India in the year 2007.[2]

After his training, Murugaiyan started paying thavil in public concerts. He played thavil alongside several renowned musicians including his teacher Valayapatti A R Subramaniam, Soolamangalam Sisters, Thirunageswaran T R Subramanian, Namagiripettai K Krishnan and Thiruvizha R Jayasankar, L Subramaniyam and Ustad Alla Rakha.[3] He is also serving as a thavil teacher at Villupuram Government Music School where he has taught more than 300 students in his several years of service.

Some of his notable performances include a performance in the Festival of India held in Paris in 1985 and a performance in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi in the presence of the then President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.[4]

"Thavil Kongampattu"

Because of Murugaiyan's immense contributions for preserving the thavil instrument and his huge popularity as an exponent of thavil, the name of the instrument "Thavil" has come to be associated with the name of the village where he was born. The village is commonly referred to as "Thavil Kongampattu".[3]

Recognition: Padma Shri

Other recognitions

See also


  1. ^ a b "Padma Awards 2022" (PDF). Padma Awards. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-01-25. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b ""மக்கள் இந்தக் கலையை நேசிக்கணும்!" - பத்மஸ்ரீ விருதுபெரும் தவிலிசை கலைஞர் 'கொங்கம்பட்டு' முருகையன்". Vikatan. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d "Padma Sri to me will bring joy and encouragement to Thavil musicians". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  4. ^ a b Bosco Dominique. "Puducherry's Thavil Vidwan Murugaiyan gets Padma Shri". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards 2022". Padma Awards. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Archived from the original on 2022-01-29. Retrieved 11 February 2022.

An interview (in Tamil) with Murugaiyan by Ananda Vikatan: Video on YouTube