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Dr. T V Gopalakrishnan

The Versatile Genius

  • A Musician who has the unique distinction and national record of being the first top ranking performer in Carnatic and Hindustani Classical Vocal Music and a Mridangam maestro par excellence having accompanied all leading musicians all over the world for over seven decades.
  • The original innovator of Indian jazz having performed across the globe with internationally acclaimed world music legends like George Harrison, John Mclaughlin, John Handy, Pt.Ravi Shankar, Pierre Favre and many others.
  • A dedicated scholar who has done result-oriented research in Voice-Culture & Music Therapy and helped hundreds of musicians to get over their Voice problems.
  • A Guru to a multitude of classy performers across the world, who has devised a unique methodology and syllabi for the music professionals in the "Art of Performance".
  • A man who communicates with his audience all over the world with ease and elegance who imparts the knowledge of the finer points of music and a special understanding and love for the glory of our music.

It is difficult to encounter such a heady mixture of versatility, creativity and vision, all encapsulated in one man !
In all Dr. T.V.Gopalakrishnan is a cult figure, known simply as Guruji TVG to one and all!

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It is difficult to encounter such a heady mixture of versatility, creativity and vision, all encapsulated in one man ! In all Dr. T.V.Gopalakrishnan is a cult figure, known simply as dear TVG to one and all!

Born at Trippunithura (Kerala, India), in a family of more than 200 years of musical heritage who adorned the courts of Royalties, Trippunithura Viswanathan Gopalkrishnan (TVG) learnt the complexities of this inimitable music from his father, Sri.Viswanatha Bhagavathar, who was himself a great exponent of Carnatic music. Even before the age of five, TVG was initiated to the great tradition and heritage –“parampara” ,handed down by Coimbatore Raghava Iyer, Mahavaidyanatha Iyer, Chakrathanam Subba Iyer (great grandfather of Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar) and Palghat Anantharama Bhagavathar. His Uncle Sri.Narayanaswamy Iyer taught him Mridangam too . He was a little Maestro even at the age of Six when he gave his maiden concert before the Last Viceroy of India, Lord Linlithgow.

Gifted with a mellow, bass voice capable of an envious panoramic range, TVG has trained it with infinite patience, practice, and research oriented originality. He has successfully moulded his voice into an enchanting medium, which weaves a magic spell of sonic beauty.

With complete discipline, concentration, natural aplomb, he maintains the purity of Carnatic and Hindustani renditions and an uncompromising adherence to the traditions to both. Utilizing an analytical and research oriented approach, coupled with his musical sensitivity and ingenuity, TVG has evolved a unique style in Hindustani music, emphasizing the Sahitya Bhava, Raga Bhava and Rasa Bhava with precise elaboration of the Boltans and Sargam (swara prastharas)-which is now better known as Madras Gharana.

Dr.T.V.Gopalakrishnan was born in Tripunithura, a small picturesque town in Kerala, South India and the capital of the erstwhile Cochin state. He is the 5th generation of a musical lineage spanning more than 200 years, with eminent stalwarts such as Muthuswamy Bhagavathar, Ramaswamy Bhagavathar, Gopalakrishna Bhagavthar and TVG’s father Viswantha Bhagavathar. They adorned the Royal court of Cochin.

This inspirational musical environment drew the young TVG into the realm of performance by the tender age of five. His Grandmother Thaiylambal took a keen interest in his musical development till his teens. His mother Meenakshi Ammal, herself a singer, also played a part in chiseling his musical journey. His Uncle Sri.T.G.Narayanaswamy Iyer was his mridangam guru. TVG was already little Maestro at the age of six when he gave his maiden concert before the Last Viceroy of India, Lord Linlithgow.

His grandmother Thaiyalambal was the grand daughter of Haripad Raghava Bhagavathar who was later known as Coimbatore Raghava iyer and who is credited with today’s public kutcheri format . This represents TVG’s second musical heritage.

TVG’s Guru Chembai, represents his 3rd and most vital heritage. Chembai was the grandson of Chakrathanam Subbaiyer, (Guru of Shatkala Govindamarar and contemporary of Saint.Tyagaraja). Guru Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavthar, is the evergreen hero of Carnatic music, having made it accessible to the masses through innumerable multi-lingual gramophone records. He became nationally known when he was barely 20 years old, on being honoured by Sivananda in Rishikesh with the title Sangeeta Samrat.

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Only the words “Born Genius” can explain TVG’s versatility as a legendary Vocalist, Percussionist, Teacher, Composer, Author, Researcher and Innovator of new disciplines.
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TVG is simply a cut above the other musicians and his creativity is of a superlative degree. What TVG does not know about MUSIC can be adequately written down on a match box-and there is scarcely any instrument he cannot play-Thavil, Mridangam, violin, saxophone… you name it and he plays it! The more I see and hear TVG, the more he awes me into silence!

SUBBUDU - The Vasishta Of Indian Music And Arts
By virtue of the long and intimate association of over three decades with his Guru Padmabhushan Sri.Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, TVG learnt to perceive and grasp the very soul of the system. Today he is Chembai’s premier disciple and one of the foremost masters in his own right.

If young musicians and Rasikas are curious to know how the old masters like Semmangudi, GNB, Ariyakudi, Alathur Brothers- presented attractive yet traditional Carnatic music concerts, they should listen to T V Gopalakrishnan.

- Indian Express

Old timers talk of the golden era of music having gone with giants like Ariyakudi, Chembai, GNB and Madurai Mani Iyer. But the concerts of T.V.Gopalakrishnan have always disproved that.

- Hindu
Gifted with a mellow, bass voice capable of an envious panoramic range, TVG has trained it with infinite patience, practice, and research oriented originality. He has successfully moulded his voice into an enchanting medium, which weaves a magic spell of sonic beauty.

Those who complain that Carnatic musicians lack voice culture, have probably not heard Dr.TVG. There is no musical phrasing beyond his comprehension and execution!

- Statesman

Having heard Hindustani legends from the age of 3, TVG fell in love with this great music, and took 4 decades to learn and master it, with the help of Pt. Krishnanand, a famous exponent of Kirana Gharana. He was awarded the title of “Gana Kala bharathi”, by the then Governor of Madras, H.E.K.K.Shah, when he gave his maiden concert in Hindustani music at the Music Academy, Madras, in 1969.

What epitomized the pre-eminence of the great performers of the past was their intense and incessant meditation on Nada on which the different systems of music around the world have been built. I would call TVG one of those rare great performers, and this is that which makes TVG unique and rise above the rest of today’s other performing musicians!

- Times of India

With complete discipline, concentration, natural aplomb, he maintains the purity of Carnatic and Hindustani renditions and an uncompromising adherence to the traditions to both. Utilizing an analytical and research oriented approach, coupled with his musical sensitivity and ingenuity, TVG has evolved a unique style in Hindustani music, emphasizing the Sahitya Bhava, Raga Bhava and Rasa Bhava with precise elaboration of the Boltans and Sargam (swara prastharas)-which is now better known as Madras Gharana.

Even in his teens in 1940, TVG would listen avidly to western classical and jazz music. He would indulge in forays, interacting with western musicians that visited to entertain the wartime European sailors. In 1955 he played with the greatest jazz artsists to visit India.

This foundation lead to the very first Carnatic Jazz band, where TVG exposed his disciples who are now at the pinnacle of the world stage (Shivamani, A R Rahman, Kadri Gopalanath, Devie Neithiyar, V Suresh, S Varadarajan and others)

Apart from being a Vocalist both in Carnatic and Hindustani systems, he reigns supreme as a percussionist par excellence. He has created a new dimension in all areas of Mridangam as a performing art: - accompaniment, solos, ensembles, compositions for dance, theatre and even films.

At a time when Carnatic music was slowly stagnating in the classical dogmas, the emergence of a new generation of dynamic musicians could only happen because of TVG’s futuristic vision. Whenever accompanying them, TVG’s Mridangam literally sang. Such concerts were and still are mystifying and transcendental.

When he plays the Mridangam he is the centre of the universe, and the Mridangam a means to express his machismo- TVG- a Maverick Musician!

- Society

Inmitable Guru

No other single individual has accomplished as much as TVG in the area of creating new generations of achievers in music. He has been unique in having spotted so many prodigies and talents in Music, and has successfully brought them into lime light in the past 25 years. During the last 4 decades, he has introduced the largest number of performing young artistes to the world of music. TVG’s disciples include many celebrities in India and abroad, who are maestros and great performers, much sought after in their respective fields.

Carnatic
  • Kadri Gopalnath (Saxophone )
  • Vidyabhushana (Vocal)
  • Varadarajan (Violin)
  • G.Ramanathan (Saxophone )
  • Sankaran Nambudiri (Vocal)
  • Rajkumar Bharathy (Vocal)
  • Pavan Rangachar (Vocal)
  • Sivasakthi Sivanesan, London (Vocal)
  • Pavandeep (Vocal)
  • Prabhavathy Ganesan (Veena)
  • A.K.Devi(Veena)
  • Manickam Yogeswaran, Germany (Vocal)
  • Sandhya Srinath, USA (Violin)
Percussion
  • Sivamani (Ace drummer of international repute)
  • V.Suresh ( Ghatam )
  • Vijay Natesan ( Mrdangam )
  • Ambur Padmanabhan ( Mrdangam)
  • Dr. Ramsriram, USA (Mridangam)
  • V.Rajasekhar (Mridangam)
  • Mysore Kumaraswamy (Mridangam)
  • Vadiraj Bhatt (Mrdangam)
  • Herbert Lang,Germany (Mrdangam & ganjira)

Hindustani
  • Shubhendra Rao ,Europe – (Sitar)
  • Dharambir Singh ,UK (sitar )
Films
  • Ilayaraja, (Top Film Music Director and composer)
  • A.R. Rahman (Internationally acclaimed music composer )
  • Bhupinder Singh,(Ghazal maestro)
  • Gangai Amaran( music composer )
  • Devie Neithiyar ( Multilingual and Multi genre Vocalist )
  • Deepan Chakravarthy (playback singer)
  • Krishna Chandran ( playback Singer)
  • Biju Paulose ( Popular keyboard player & music Composer)
  • Madhu Balakrishnan ( Playback singer)
  • Satya (Music Composer )
  • Aalaap Raju ( Playback Singer)
Western Music
  • Jacques Sassoon,(Scientist and Musicologist,U.K)
  • Seigfried Kutterer,(Swiss Percussionist and drummer)
  • Reggie Moore and Cornelia (the musician composer duo, Berlin)
  • Andre Fertier,(Pianist, composer, France)
  • Tony Clarke (composer / musician ,Germany)
  • Carola Grey, Germany (western drums)
  • Brigette Hool-( Famous Operatic Singer from Switzerland)
  • Jess Miraga (European composer )

Dr.TVG is today the most acknowledged specialist in the singing Voice and Voice therapy. The many phenomenal successes that he has produced vouch for the authenticity of Dr. TVG’s corrective techniques in Voice Culture. He has spent considerable time unraveling the intricate material on Voice-training, encompassing both ancient Vedic literature and modern scientific study of the singing voice, for bringing out a manual on the art of Indian classical vocal music.

Indian heritage and fine arts have endured the impact of myriad cultures, customs and faiths, over the centuries, and has withstood the test of time and soared high in the horizon of universal cultural ethos.

Today, the need to produce good professional singers and instrumentalists in various traditional disciplines, as also scholars and technicians has become imperative. Attention to the Art of performance and the Art of Teaching in music has been side lined . An Integrated and unique Gurukula system of specialized musical education with absolute focus on the above is essential and it is the only answer to check the declining interest in Classical and Indian Music Culture.

With the above objectives and others incidental to these in mind, A.I.M.A. (Academy of Indian Music & Arts , Regd) better known as TVG AIMA was founded in 1984 by the legendary musician Guruji Dr.T.V.Gopalakrishnan and registered as a Charitable trust .

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Awards & Honours

TVG has been honouring fellow musicians and luminaries from other walks of life during his Academy’s Annual festivals. The prestigious award of “Sangita Saarva Bhouma” in memory of his Guru Chembai has been conferred on the all time greats Dr.Semmangudi, Dr.M.S.Subbulakshmi. and Smt.D.K.Pattammal.
Though not fascinated by awards, they do seek him from time to time! In his career spanning over five decades, many honours and awards that have been bestowed on Dr..TVG.

  • Sangeet Natak Academy National Award
  • Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy Award
  • Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi, Sringeri and Mantralayam mutts
  • Nada Brahmam- Narada Gana Sabha ,Chennai
  • Sangita Laya Samrat, Melbourne – Australia.
  • Rotary International exemplary citizen award -Delhi &Chennai
  • Isai Chelvam- Contribution in Tamizhisai by Kalaignar Dr.M.Karunanidhi
  • Sangeeth Saraswathi
  • Taal Vilas
  • Sangeetha laya Saagara–Guru Of the Century – Bangalore IOIMA
  • National eminence award in Fine arts- H.H.Jagatguru Sankaracharya
  • Saavi award - Musician of the year contribution in the field of Tamizh Isai
  • Mridanga Kalaa Siromani - Palghat Mani Iyer Award
  • Ganakala Bharathi by K K. Shah, Governor of Madras
  • Gana Kala Bhushan – Madras Sabhas
  • Sruthi laya Bhrahmam- Pudukkottai
  • Mudra Award for Excellence
  • Chembai Puraskaram - National eminence award
  • Swathi Rathna
  • Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy Fellowship
  • Gana Laya Visharada from Vani fine Arts, London
  • Sangeetha Chakravarthy -Youth Academy Chennai
  • Life Time Achievement award - Maximum Media Event Management
  • Gayaka Ratna –Swatitirunall Life time achievement award
  • Sapthagiri Sangita Vidwanmani
  • Sangeetha Kala Sironmani
  • Legend of India Life Achievement Award
  • Sangeetha Samrat H.H. Dayananda Saraswathi Life Time Achievement Award
  • The Padma Bhushan - The most coveted National Award from the President of India
  • Sangeetha Kala Nipun –MFAS Chennai
  • Sangeetha Choodamani –KGS
  • Naada Nidhi- Life Time achievement award - by H.H.Ganapathi Sachidananda Swamiji
  • Sangeetha Ratnakara- Life time achievement award- Cleveland
  • Sangita Kalainidhi

Tours

The World - His audience

TVG’s musical career is a veritable kaleidoscope of all that is superb and sublime! The world is his audience-and he has thrilled listeners the world over! He has been toiling hard to bring Indian music to Europe, USA, UK Australia and other countries for more than three decades by participating in international festivals, seminars and workshops.

His duets and Jugalbandhies with the great Tabla maestros like Pt. Chaturlal, Ustad Alla Rakha, Pt.Shanta Prasad and others have taken the world by storm. He has dazzled millions of listeners through his performances alone and in the illustrious company of musicians like George Harrison (Beatles), Pandit.Ravishankar, Pierre Favre, John handy and many others in the West.

Dr. TVG has been working as the Cultural Ambassador in its real sense. He has been performing and propagating Indian music all over the world with his regular annual visits to Europe and U.K., Australia, U.S. and other parts of the world for his concerts, summer schools, workshops, lec dems. Apart from giving regular concerts all over India and abroad and participating in international festivals, TVG spends his time between his academic pursuits and his dream-child “ The Academy of Indian Music and Arts – “TVG’s AIMA ”.

2014 – Tours of USA and UK
2013- Tours of UAE and UK
2012 – Tours in UK, Europe and UAE:
2011-Tour of UK and Europe
2010- Tour of Europe & UK in Sept - October
2009- Bharathiya vidya bhavan – London and Tour of France to perform in Music de Guimet
2007-2008 – US tour and European tour
2006 – US Tour
2005 July-August– The summer Retreat of Milap Fest ,England
2005 (Mar) – Voice Culture Workshop at Bharathi Vidya Bhavan
2004 – Global integration thro music Patty McDonald Global Rhythm Series at Alabama, USA
2004 – Gurukula Summer workshop at AHIRI, New York
2004 – Member of the panel for National Talent Search Competition, Singapore
2003 – Indian Nominee for International Seminar for Music education
2003 (Mar) – Voice culture workshop at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, London.
2003 (Aug) – Concert tour in US
2002 – Global Fusion Concert at Portland for Gujarat earth-quake victims
2000 - South Asian International summit for Yoga and Meditation music.
2001 – “Swarnotsav” – 50th year Indian Republic Festival
2001 – Concert tour of US and UK
1998 -Multi cultural festival sponsored by the Australian Govt.
1996 -European tour for racial harmony at world environment summit,
1995 -Tour of Singapore for their national day under government invitation.
1991 -Bi centenary celebrations of French revolution in Paris.
1990 -Festival of contemporary music in France,
1985 -Indian Festival in Switzerland, U.S.A. &. Kazhagistan,
1982 -Berlin Jazz festival where he presented his Indian-Jazz ensemble.
1974 -His tour of U.S. U.K., Europe, Canada with George Harrison and Pt.Ravi Shankar.

Maestro's Quests

Dr.TVG’s passion to understand the mysteries of the human voice through other systems like Western Classical, Egyptian and Gregorian music make him a specialist Voice-Guru! He has been awarded Honorary Doctorate by the Diandra University for his innovative contribution to Jazz music.
His commitment to the younger generations’ awareness to the hoary cultural heritage of our country has made him the visiting faculty professor of many institutions like the Bhavan,UK, Ahiri-USA, the prestigious BITS ,Pilani etc.
His empathy towards fellow artists made him initiate the first Musician’s forum in 1972 under the president ship Of his GURU Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and all the leading musicians and dancers were then members. Through his individual efforts ,artists railway concession and other perquisites were extended even to individual artists in addition to groups.
His reverence to the great masters and veterans of yester years motivates him to honour them through his Academy of Indian music and arts (regd)and provide assistance when necessary. A large number of artists have been honoured thus,including achievers in other field like Doctors, educationalists etc.
His concern over the upcoming generations compelled him to start VIDYAA PEETAM dedicated to his GURU Chembai ,where music and other arts are taught in the modernized Gurukula system. The thrust is on the art of performance and highfi technology. This is mainly directed to the financially deprived talents ,and are given residential support. Hundreds of such talents have passed through his deft fingers to carve a niche for themselves in the firmament of world music and arts.
His responsibility towards the society makes him volunteer his services for the cause of environment, racial harmony etc,by participating in various seminars, symposia ,multi racial concerts, and allied projects in Europe ,USA and Australia.

TVG believes in the well being of the body ,mind and spirit thro holistic healing.

The much sought after panacea in real life means the ability to balance the resources GOD bestows on each human being. TVG is an exponent of Hatha Yoga And Naada Yoga, having had intensive training in Yoga from the greatest Yoga exponent of 20th Century Late .Sri.Krishnamacharya for many years and later from Yogi Ramiah the direct disciple of Babaji. He is also a Reiki Master, under the direct lineage of Dr.Usui the founder of Reiki. An in -depth study of all these eastern living sciences like yoga, Reiki etc has enabled Dr.TVG to help and guide people in times of need.

TVG, the true Nada Yogi , is a living example of a GURUJI to all seekers!!

The personal note… TVG was nurtured by his grandma Smt. Thailambal and his mother Smt.Meenakshi Ammal from the early childhood to develop the serious and spiritual side of music and the value of upasana which he still continues to cherish and inculcate in his disciples.
TVG is married to Mrs. Radha Gopalakrishnan who has been a pillar of strength in his career of music , with two sons, one daughter and a foster daughter. The eldest son G.Viswanath is a brilliant percussionist and a senior it professional in Dubai. The second son Ramanathan is a versatile musician who plays the saxophone and violin. Daughter Aparna is an accomplished dancer and settled in Switzerland. His other daughter Devie is his musical hope and looks after the affairs of his dear institutions ACADEMY OF INDIAN MUSIC AND ARTS in addition to her musical career!

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ADDRESS:
TVG AIMA, Kriyates complex, Okkiyampet, Thoraipakkam,
Chennai - 600 097, Tamil Nadu, India

PHONE:
(+91) 44 - 24964878 / 24404944
+91-98402 22263

MAIL:
tvgmusic @gmail.com
aima@tvgaima.com

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