Wednesday, 30 March 2011


Lalgudi Sri GJR Krishnan and Lalgudi Smt Vijayalakshmi created pleasing memories in Wellington with graceful & delightful notes from their violins, accompanied by dynamic performance on the Mridangam by Maestro Sri. Mannargudi Easwaran.

The concert began with a varnam in Bowli and ended with a tillana in Madhuvanti composed by their guru & father Lalgudi Jayaraman. The maestros treated the audience with a wide variety of ragas. They rendered Thyagaraja's Rama Bhakti Samarajyam in Suddha Bangala, Muthuswamy Dikshitar's Ananda Natana prakasham in raagam Ketharam, Thyagaraja's Entamuddo enta sogaso in ragam Bindumaalini , Gopalakrishna Bharati’s "Thillai Sabapathikku veru Deivam samanamaguma" in ragam Abogi, Thyagaraja's Mokshamu galada in ragam Saramati, Oothukaadu Venkata Subbaiyar's popular Alaipayuthe in ragam Kaanada, Purandaradasar's Jagadodarana in raagam kaapi and Bharathiyar's Chinnachiru kiliye.

The main song of the concert was "Chakkani Raja" in ragam Karaharapriya. Sri. Krishnan took the listeners by storm with his korvais. Sri Mannargudi Easwaran played a very enjoyable thani avartanam for this song. Smt Vijayalakshmi produced mellifluous notes in her raga alapanai in Mysore Vaasudevaacharya's "Mamavathu sri" in raagam Hindolam. Together they gave short RTPs (Raagam Taanam Pallavi) in ragas Saraswati, Reetigowlai, Neelambari, Shivaranjani, Maand, Bhageeshwari, Behaag to name a few.

Violin Duet by Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi with Maestro Sri Mannargudi Easwaran, master musicians in their own right, gave one big musical treat for the Wellingtonians.


Saturday, 26 March 2011

Lalgudis Violin Duet Concert Today

Date: Sunday, 27th of March
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Adam Concert Room, School of Music

Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi Violin Duet Concert Today
Accompanied by Sri.Mannargudi Easwaran on Mridangam

Rhythm in Carnatic music is accorded a very high status - "tha dEEEEEEEEEEEE ki ta thom", the very heart-beat of carnatic music.  Vid. Mannargudi A Easwaran is among the top percussionists of India.Mannargudi Easwaran has accompanied a wide range of artists, right from the maestros of yesteryears to the young stars of today.

"… Mannargudi Easwaran creates the impression all the time that he is a link between the main artiste and percussive melody. What is Kalpana, raga alapana and swara to a vocalist, is the tani avartanam to Easwaran. He is the one who realized that sugam in mridangam deepens as it advances from gross beats to subtle laya patterns…"
- The Hindu 1995

( Thani Avarthanam is simply an occasion when the percussion artists exhibit their skills, imagination and expertise in playing their instruments.)

For tickets (Members $15 | Non-members $30 | Student Members $10 | Student Non-members $15 ) Contact,
Balajee 972 4032 | Shiva 569 7522 | Sujani 461 6117| Sundar 476 3450 | Ram 476 4490 | Bhagavan 476 7600 |

**You can also buy tickets at the venue by paying cash.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi Violin Duet Kutchery this sunday

Lalgudi GJR. Krishnan
Born in the lineage of the great Saint and composer Shri Thyagaraja, he was meticulously groomed by his father and Guru,the great legend Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. His innate talent and the natural brilliance and musical ability combined with focussed training and disciplined approach, has elevated him to a much sought after artiste and over the year he has carved an elevated niche for himself as a top-ranking violinist. Krishnan's jugalbandi programmes with leading Hindustani musicians have been widely appreciated. Krishnan's website is

Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

is a leading violinist and the daughter and disciple of the legend Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. Vijayalakshmi also has the credit of leading a music ensemble of the Violin, the Venu or flute and the Veena. She is a leading exponent of the Lalgudi style, which is characterized by boundless innovation while strictly adhering the tradition and eloquently capturing the mood and essence of any composition. Along with her brother Lalgudi Krishnan, she has been diligently going about the task of maintaining the stylistic grandeur and singularity of the Lalgudi tradition. Her website is

Krishnan & Vijayalakshmi have presented innumerable violin duets in India and many foreign countries and through their immaculate performances have endeared themselves to audiences world over.