Thiruvarur Vaidyanathan

Born in the family of percussionists, Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan took to Mridangam very early in life. His first teachers were his grandfather Sri Thiruvarur Kunju Iyer and his uncle Sri Tiruvarur Nagarajan. His natural sense of rhythm and comparability with instrument made him perform in concerts even as he was learning. He then became a disciple of Mridangam maestro Shri Karaikudi Mani. Under Sri Mani's guidance, Vaidyanathan grew into a full-fledged mridangist with a capacity to accompany all the leading musicians. He has accompanied most leading musicians, such as Dr Balamuralikrishna, Smt M L Vasanthakumari, Dr N Ramani, Sri Maharajapuram Santhanam, Sri K V Narayanawamy,Smt D K Pattamal, Sri Nedunuri Krishanmoorthy, Sri T V Sankaranarayanan, Sri M S Gopalakrishnan, Sri T N Krishnan, Sri U Srinivas, Smt Sudha Raghunathan, Smt Padmavathy and Jayanthy,Ravikiran., et al. He served SIFAS, Singapore as a full time teaching faculty during the year 2001 to 2003. During this period, he identified many talents and groomed them to perform extraodinarily. Four of his SIFAS disciples, gave Arangetram in Mridangam and have been performing in n various concerts too.

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