Lalgudi’s passing away is a great loss to the world of violin players Amjad Ali Khan, sarod player.
Moved by dear friend, Indian carnatic violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman’s sudden death, sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan says, “Lalgudi was the only violin player in the country to have a legacy of four generations. In the span between 1976-1985, we played many duets (in southern India and across the world). I have fond memories of those days.”
The 82-year-old violinist, who after a brief illness, passed away on Monday at a hospital in Chennai, began performing at the age of 12. “Lalgudi was among the few violin players in India at that time. He was immensely talented and an even better performer,” says Khan, 67.
Though the musicians could not perform together in the last few years, they have jointly been part of some historic moments in the Indian classical music industry. “We both made the First Long Playing Record of northern and southern musicians. Those times are hard to forget,” says Khan.
It was not just the stage where the two artists bonded, they shared a family bonding too. “Our families were as close as we were. When we had played our first duet in Chennai,
we used to rehearse at Lalgudi’s house. He and his wife were excellent hosts. Bohot khaatir karte they dono,” says Khan, adding: “I was deeply sad to hear about his demise. His children (violinists Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi) and disciples will sure take his legacy forward. With his passing away, it’s a great loss to the world of violin players. He and his music will always be remembered.”