Mridangam vidwan Vellore Ramabhadran passes away

velloreramabhadran1Mridangam senior Vellore Ramabhadran passed away in Chennai on February 27 morning.


He was a resident of Mylapore and the funeral was held later that day.

Ramabhadran had been ailing and whenever he did make it to the local sabhas for important events, he looked weak and had to be helped around.

He was a unique percussionist in that his playing was unobstrussive, gentle and embellished the vocalist or the main artiste's recital.

He accompanied all the greats of Carnatic msuic - from Ariyakudi Ramanuja Aiyangar to Lalgudi Jayaraman - and yet, was a low-profile artiste.

Among the many awards he was decorated with, was the Sangita Kalanidhi from The Music Academy, Madras.

He was 82.

Ramabhadran learnt music under his father Vellore Konnakkol Gopalachariar, a well-known laya vidwan. He first performed on stage in 1943 and had a long, eventful career as a mridangam artiste.

He is survived by his wife, T R Susheela and son T R Mukund and daughter Padmini.

Vellore Ramabhadran Interview on Jan 2005.