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Renowned vocalist Vid TP Vaidyanathan passes away

Mysuru, March 2:- Vid T P Vaidyanathan, renowned vocalist and a front-line artiste in the musical lineage of Mysore Vasudevacharya, passed away here, after a brief period of illness. He was 85.

Born in 1934, to a family from Trissur that had just then migrated to Mysuru, Vaidyanathan was attracted to music at a very early age and his musical talents were nurtured by Vid B K Padmanabha Rao, a direct disciple of Sri Vasudevacharya.

Vaidyanathan, a child prodigy, started giving concerts even before he entered the portals of the college and was selected as an artiste of AIR (All India Radio) at 16. His family migrated to Chennai, in search of greener pastures, when he was 17. He married Indira, one of his classmates at Sri Padmanabha Rao’s house and the couple served the cause of music for over four decades in Chennai.

TPV migrated back to Mysuru in 2005 and continued to serve the cause of music till his demise. He was an A-grade artiste of AIR and Doordarshan and had been featured on national programmes. His concerts, past the age of 80, were sources of inspiration even for the youth and were being hailed as extraordinary by the critics.

While in Chennai, he served as a lecturer in the famed Kalakshetra, the organisation to which Sri Vasudevacharya contributed a lot during his last days. Vid TPV produced many musical features on the compositions of Sri Mysore Sadashiva Rao and Mysore Vasudevacharya. Many front-line artistes of Chennai benefited through their association with TPV. He donated a large part of his earnings to music sabhas and to people in need. On death, his body was donated to JSS Medical College, stated a press release.

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