Chennai : Famous violinist Tripunithura Narayanaire (TN) Krishnan died in Chennai on Monday evening. He was 92 years old. TN Krishnan was born in Kerala in 1928.

Krishnan got his early music education from his father, A. Narayana Iyer. He gave his first concert in 1939 at the age of 11 in Thiruvananthapuram. Later Alleppey’s Parthasarathy became his mentor and Krishnan always accepted his support in the early days of his career. After coming to Chennai in 1942, he joined Semangudi Srinivas Iyer. After this, his career got a new height.

Krishnan worked with legendary musicians such as Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Musiri Subramania Iyer, Alathur Brothers, GN Balasubramanian, Madurai Mani Iyer, Vaidyanath Bhagwan, MD Ramanathan and Maharajapuram Vishwanath Iyer.

Padma Vibhushan awardee
Krishnan also excelled as a teacher. He was a Professor of Music at a Music College, Chennai. He then became the dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts of Delhi University. He was known as Professor Krishnan in the world of music. He was also honored with several awards including Sangeet Kalanidhi of the Sangeet Academy and Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

Singer and writer TM, a disciple of Srinivas Iyer Krishna remembered him saying that he had a deep understanding of ragas. He had clarity about good music and followed it unabashedly.

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