Margazhi salutes eminent musicians M.S. Gopalakrishnan and T. V. Gopalakrishnan, both chosen for the Padma Bhushan and who were among those honoured from Tamil Nadu on the eve of Republic Day.  We present here excerpts from The Hindu article with responses from these stalwarts about this recognition.

M.S. Gopalakrishnan, the foremost exponent of the Parur tradition of violin playing, said it was the blessings of his father Parur Sundaram Iyer which enabled him to achieve great heights in the field of music.

“I have won many awards. But I deem this special,” said the 81-year old violinist, who is known as MSG in the Carnatic music world. A recipient of the Music Academy’s Sangita Kalanidhi award, he was conferred Padma Shri in 1970.

“My father would say that we should not go behind anyone in search of recognition and awards. I still follow his advice,” MSG said, when contacted for his reaction to the latest honour.

T V Gopalakrishnan is a versatile musician, who is an exponent in both Carnatic and Hindustani classical vocal, besides being one of the front-ranking mridangam players. “I think the award is recognition for me as a multifaceted musician and not as a Carnatic or Hindustani vocalist or a mridangam player. It is recognition for years of my hard work,” said TVG.

“I have been performing and teaching these art forms for the sheer love and passion that I have for them. I haven’t made money out of them. I saw the list of Padma awardees and I think they are all great achievers,” he said.


Source Credit: The Hindu