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Violin maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman is no more
CHENNAI, April 22: We regret to inform that violin maestro Lalgudi G Jayaraman is no more. He was ailing for some time, and the end came this evening. He was admitted to a city hospital this morning reportedly due to lung congestion. He was 82. Not long ago, his mother passed away.

He leaves behind his wife, son and daughter. His son Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and daughter G.J.R. Vijayalakshmi are also violinists.

Lalgudi Jayaraman played for mastroes such as Musiri Subramania Iyer, M.M. Dandapani Desikar, G. N. Balasubramaniam, Madurai Mani Iyer, Ramnad Krishnan, Madurai S. Somasundaram and Maharajapuram Santhanam.

Musician of the last century
He evolved a style of his own. However, he never deviated from tradition, and remained conscious of the role of an accompanying artiste when he played for great masters. ``I believe he is the musician of the last century,’’ summed up R. Thyagrajan (popularly known as RT), the founder of the Chennai-based Shriram Group, who has been a close associate and a great fan of Lalgudi Jayaraman. ``His (Lalgudi’s) range of achievement was tremendous. And, as a human being, he was a great person,’’ Mr. Thyagarajan said.

Passion for communication
Among his biggest contributions to the Carnatic music world was the large pool of quality disciples he had created (From Bombay Jayashri to Vishaka Hari and S.P. Ramh, and many others). The passing away of Lalgudi Jayaraman, according to Mr. Thyagarajan, was a terrible blow to his disciples, who had showered unalloyed `guru bakthi’ on him. What stood out was his ability to transmit emotional energy while communicating with his disciples, Mr. Thyagarajan pointed out. ``If the disciples receive this energy, he will feel so happy. When they fail to receive it, you can see the agony in his face. His passion to communicate was fantastic,’’ he pointed out.

Perfection personified
``Every thing about him – be it the person, be it the musician, and be it the teacher – was perfect,’’ Mr. Thyagarajan said. According him, Lalgudi Jayaraman would have shone even if had taken any other field (other than music). Lalgudi Jayaraman, he said, had the uncanny ability to redefine a number of kritis, adding new colour and vitality to them. In the process, he embellished them and beautified them.

Ego-less person
``An ego-less person’’, Lalgudi Jayaraman, according to Mr. Thyagarajan, was never given to innovate for the sake of innovation. Rather, he would do so only if it could add beauty to a kriti even while retaining its original flavour, he said. We, at www.carnaticdarbar.com, pay our pranams to the great maestro.