December 14, 2017

Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan

They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this Professional Musician. An inspirational artist, Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan has earned his reputation as a talented musician and skillful performer. From live concerts to studio sessions and more, Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan continues to touch fans around the world with this distinct and desirable percussion style. For more info…

Carnatic Music (also refered as Karnatak Music) is a genre of Indian music performed mostly in South India. It’s roots and origins go back over 500 years back. Over the years Carnatic music has expanded beyond the shores of India. Today this music is in the curriculum of universities around the world including Wesleyan University. Proponents like the late Mr. John B Higgins, an American citizen, have earned the status of a Bhagavathar or the enlightened minstrel).

Mr. Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan, age 51 years, is prolific Carnatic music percussionist, very versatile in playing several Indian percussion instruments like Mridungam, a double sided wooden drum; Kanjira, a circular hand held drum; Ghatam, a clay pot inlaid with metals to provide a timbre unlike any other instrument.

Mr. Vaidyanathan started learning his main instrument, the Mridangam at the tender age of 5 and has been performing professionally since the age of 10 years, bringing a total of 4 decades of being on the stage. His success in this field can be measured from the fact that being the sole bread winner for his family and depending on his musical capabilities, he has successfully conducted the marriage of his daughter and funded the Bachelor of Engineering (BS in Engineering equivalent) education of his daughter and son. These responsibilities demand a high level of financial outlay that Mr. Vaidyanathan has been able to earn and command from his professional career as a musician.

Over the last 4 decades he has achieved several leading awards and recognitions. Apart from this, he holds advisory positions in several professional organizations in his field of Carnatic Music.

Below are a few newspaper articles where his performance has been recognized:
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/music/surpassed-expectations/article5557640.ece
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/music/enchanting-conversations-in-music/article922132.ece

Mr. Vaidyanathan holds the membership titled Resident Aasthana Vidwan for Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. Peetam means organization. Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam is India’s primary base for supporting and promoting Hindu cultural heritage. Astana Vidwan or principal exponent is a position given to the leading artist in a particular field. For the field of Carnatic Music Percussion, Mr. Vaidyanathan has been recognized as the leading artist through this recognition. A panel of leading personalities in the field of Carnatic music and Hindu cultural relations review the performances and achievements of several artists in each category before selecting the resident Vidwan.

Mr. Vaidyanathan is also an active member of several trade publications in the field of Carnatic music. Several of his articles and publications are listed in the Biodata submitted. Refer to pages 29, 30, 31, 40, 60, 67, 68 and many more. As a committee member of the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Mr. Vaidyanathan is responsible for selecting and finalizing the artist who are invited to perform in Cleveland. He is responsible for the artist schedules during the 10+ day event.