P.S.Narayanaswamy The Thanjavur delta, which is synonymous with Carnatic music, has produced many sons of the soil who have excelled in the music field. One such ‘Cauveriyin mainthan’ is P S Narayanaswamy, who though did not belong to a musical parampara, yet has cast a spell on the audience for over five decades.
Krishnamurthy was born at Puttamangalam in the Thanjavur district in an orthodox, large Brahmin family with limited means. After primary education in the village, Krishnamurthy joined the National High School at Tiruchi, about 100 kilometres away. When Mahatma Gandhi launched his non-cooperation movement in 1921, thousands of students gave up their studies to participate; Krishnamurthy was among them. Inspired by Gandhi's speech at a public meeting in Tiruchi, and despite the Secondary School Leaving Certificate examination being just three months away, he left school and joined the Indian National Congress.
Palghat R. Raghu was born on January 9, 1928 in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar). He died of cardiac arrest on June 2, 2009. As a child, he was immensely talented and inducted into mridangam lessons very early in his life. His first mridangam lessons were from Tinniam Venkatarama Iyer and Trichy Raghava Iyer. Later he learnt the art from the legendary Mridangam wizard Palghat T. S. Mani Iyer. Ever since, he has accompanied numerous artists for the past 60 years with distinction. He is a graduate of mathematics.
Born to late Sri Rama Murthy Pantulu of the Pithapuram Estate Office and Smt. Vijayalakshmi on 10th October 1927 at Kothapalli, Pithapuram Taluk, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA. Sri Krishna Murthy bears deep musical heredity through his mother and maternal uncle. Sri Krishna Murthy joined the Maharajah's Music College at Vizianagaram in the year 1940 and received his initial training in Violin and Vocal from the Late Sri Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu and has started giving Vocal Music performances since 1945. In 194