Remembering Palghat K.V. Narayanaswamy (1923-2002)

Palghat K.V. Narayanaswamy

Sangita Kalanidhi Palghat K.V. Naryanaswamy’s death anniversary was observed on 1 April. Of the music of this extraordinary disciple of Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, it could be said without fear of contradiction that it was loved by musicians and rasikas alike. Here is a brief recollection of KVN’s life in music.

Born at Chandrasekharapuram, Palakkad district, Kerala, in a family of considerable musical ancestry, on the auspicious Friday of 16th November 1923, KVN showed early musical promise. Initiated into classical music by his violinists father Kollengode Viswanathayyar, and grandfather Narayana Bhagavatar, he later came under the tutelage of mridanga maestro Palghat Mani Iyer, Sangeeta Bhushanam C.S. Krishna Iyer, and violin vidwan Papa Venkataramiah. He eventually became Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar’s prime disciple… read more