Rajkumar Bharathi, a great grandson of Mahakavi Bharathiyar, is a senior disciple of T.V. Gopalakrishnan, an icon in the world of Carnatic music. Rajkumar Bharathi is a well-known Carnatic musician and composer. In this e-mail interaction, he shares his thoughts on Shri Gopalakrishnan, who glides into his ’90s on June 11. According to Rajkumar Bharathi, Vidwan Gopalakrishnan (popularly known as TVG) is a `Tremendously Versatile Genius’. Read on.
How will you describe Gopalakrishnan the person?
He is a loving and an affectionate human being. An immensely gifted musician, he is a knowledgeable person and a responsible citizen.
What is special about the guru in him?
He will go the full distance to bring out the best in a student and also provide the necessary opportunities.
He is a multi-faceted personality. He is teacher, artist, researcher and what not. Which is the best face of him?
All aspects of him come out in their best only.
Is a purist or an inclusive musician?
Actually, a pure musician is one who preserves the pure form and allows for inclusiveness, too. So, he is both rolled into one.
What do the three letters (TVG) stand for you?
He is a Tremendously Versatile Genius.
What is so unique in his approach to music?
He always looks for aesthetics in music - be in voice, instrument, performance or even a newly-created piece.
How does he fit in the modern music as well as in the Carnatic field?
A musician like him will fit in all forms of music, all the time.
What should one learn from him? What makes him a tall personality as this?One should learn the unflinching energy and enthusiasm from him. His tremendous passion for the art form is what makes him stand tall
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