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Nedunuri Krishnamurthy passes away
CHENNAI, December 8: We regret to announce that senior vocalist Nedunuri Krishnamurthy is no more. He died early this morning at his residence in Visakhapatnam residence after a brief illness.

He is survived by his son and two daughters. He was 87.

Early this October, he celebrated his birth day. Malladi brothers are his principal students. During his birthday celebrations in October, a visibly moved Krishnamurthy declared the Malladi brothers as his `varisu'.

He was born to late Rama Murthy Pantulu of the Pithapuram Estate Office and Vijayalakshmi on October 10, 1927 at Kothapalli, Pithapuram Taluk, Andhra Pradesh. Krishnamurthy joined the Maharajah's Music College at Vizianagaram in 1940, and received his initial training in violin and vocal from late Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu. He started giving vocal concerts since 1945. In 1949, he came under the influence of Sangita Kalanidhi Sripada Pinakapani.

Government jobs
Krishnamurthy worked as Principal of G.V.R Government College of Music & Dance, Vijayawada, Government College of Music & Dance, Secunderabad, and M.R. Government College of Music & Dance, Vizianagaram. He was also on deputation at Sri Venkateswara College of Music & Dance, Tirupati. He retired from government service in 1985. Krishnamurthy was the Dean of Faculty of the Fine Arts, and also the Chairman of Board of Studies in Music of Sri Venkateswara and Nagarjuna Universities. He was also a member of the Carnatic Music Audition Board of All-India Radio, and a member of experts committee of the Madras Music Academy.

Krishnamurthy was been appointed as 'Asthana Vidwan' of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (T.T.D.) in recognition of his valuable services in popularising the compositions of Sri Annamacharya. In fact, T.T.D. had released two cassettes of his renderings of Annamacharya's compositions.

Nadasudha Tarangini
He had also set up a trust in the name and style of 'Nadasudha Tarangini'. The objective was to to preserve and popularise the traditional values of Carnatic music.Under the auspices of 'Nadasudha Tarangini', three volumes of Annamayya Pada Sourabham, comprising108 Annamacharya compositions (set to tune by him) with notations, had been published. And, his dedication to the cause of Anamayya Sankeerthana was legendary.

Widely traveled
He had visited several countries such as the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, and Singapore on concert tours.

He was a given the Central Sangeet Natak Academy award in 1986. The Music Academy of Madras conferred on him the Sangita Kalandihi title in 1991.He was appointed as the Asthana Vidwan of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham in October 1991. He was also a visiting professor in the Music Department of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, from 1990 to 1995.

Artistes across the spectrum have condoled the demise of Krishnamurthy.

"Another pillar of Indian music and culture - Nedanoori Krishnamurthy sir - felled by lung cancer a few hours back. I'll forever cherish my interactions with him - be it Mukhari Audio album (Karunyam), where he shared his deep insights of the raga, or the concert of his in Chennai where I accompanied him, music-filled lunches or walks with him not to mention the numerous concerts of his that I attended from childhood... May his soul rest in peace...,'' said Chitravina Ravikiran in his Facebook postings.