General Profile of M.S.Gopalakrishnan  -   Classical Musicians

M.S. Gopalakrishnan was born on 10 June 1931, Mylapore, Chennai, India, is a violinist in the field of Carnatic music. He is commonly grouped with Lalgudi Jayaraman and T.N.Krishnan as part of the violin-trinity of carnatic music. Gopalakrishnan was taught violin by his father, the late Parur Sundaram Iyer, who was well-versed in North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic) systems of Indian classical music.

He learnt both systems from his father, with whom he gave his first performance at 8 years old. He has played the violin for over fifty years as a soloist and accompanist, having accompanied Omkarnath Thakur and D. V. Paluskar, and has toured Australia, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. His daughter, Dr M. Narmadha, is also a violinist.

Gopalakrishnan has researched playing technique, and has developed the particular fingering and bowing disciplines of the "Parur style" to produce clarity of sound and speed of delivery. His style includes one-finger playing and a thematic development on single-string octaves.

Awards & Titles

• 1960 Violin Vadhya Samrat - Bombay Sivananda Ashram, India.

• 1975 Padmashri - Government of India

• 1976 Violin Vadhya Chakravarthy - NewYork, U.S.A.

• 1978 Kalaimamani - Govt. of Tamil Nadu, India.

• 1979 Kerala Sangeetha Nataka academy award, India.

• 1980 T.Chowdiah award - Karnataka, India.

• 1982 Central Sangeetha Nataka Academy award, India.

• 1997 Sapathagiri Sangeetha Vidwanmani - Thirupathi Devasthanam, India.

• 1998 Sangeetha Kalanidhi - Madras Music Academy, Chennai, India.

• 2012 Padma Bhushan - Government of India