Source: The Hindu

When ghatam vidwan Prof. N. Govindarajan passed away on May 7, the Carnatic music world lost a dedicated artist and a committed teacher. Govindarajan was born into a musical family. He began learning mridangam at the age of seven from T.R. Harihara Sharma. But the ghatam fascinated him and he made a switch to the clay pot, by learning its nuances from vidwans Vikku Vinayakram, Karaikkudi Mani and K.M. Vaidyanathan. Taking the stage professionally at the age of 13, Prof. Govindarajan accompanied many music greats such as M.D. Ramanathan, M.L.Vasanthakumari, Chittibabu, Maharajapuram Santhanam, Voleti Venkateshwarulu, Veena S. Balachander and D.K. Pattammal. He also played along side many of today’s eminent artists such as Lalgudi Jayaraman, N. Ramani and M.S. Gopalakrishnan.

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