Madras Music Academy's Sangeetha Kalanidhi designate T.V.Gopalakrishnan is a music guru par excellence. 80 plus, this multi faceted man always looks with bundle of energy.
List of sishyas whom TVG has trained is very long. Ilayaraja being one among them.Kadri Gopalnath, violin S.Varadharajan are others to name a few.
In the song Andhi Mazhai Pozhigirathu ( Kamal's Raja Parvai), a humming by TVG in the raga Vasantha is one of the best. Guru TVG teaches vocal, Mridangam, Violin etc and is an active man on face book too!
Eminent Carnatic musician and acclaimed mridangam exponent T V Gopalakrishnan has been chosen for the Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy for 2014.
N Murali, president of Music Academy, said all the members in the awards committee were unanimous in their decision to felicitate the veteran. "We had quite a few names in our list, but Gopalakrishnan was clearly at the top of the list. He is multi-faceted. He is a singer and is adept at playing various instruments," he said.
His other honours include Sangeet Natak Akademi and Padma Bhushan awards. When asked why the coveted 'Sangita Kalanidhi' title was conferred on him so late, Murali said, "It may be late but we have only one award and there are so many singers out there. We may miss a few for a while, but ultimately we do recognize talents," he said.