G. J. R. Krishnan

Lalgudi Gopala Iyer Jayaraman Radhakrishnan, popularly known as GJR Krishnan, is a Carnatic violinist, vocalist and composer.[1]

Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan
Lalgudi G J R Krishnan performing
Lalgudi G J R Krishnan performing
Background information
BornChennai, India
GenresClassical, fusion
Occupation(s)Violinist, composer
Years active1973 – present

Early life and backgroundEdit

Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan was born in Chennai to violin maestro, Lalgudi Jayaraman.

A post graduate in commerce and a Cost & Works Accountant and a Company Secretary education, Krishnan has dedicated his life to a career in music.


Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan debuted in 1973 and became popular. He travels extensively on musical tours all over the world. His style like his father's is the gayaka style closest to vocal rendition.

G J R Krishnan typically performs duets with his sister, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, a violin Vidushi.[2] True to his father's legacy, audience can decipher the sahithya from their performance, whether it is a rendition of 'Jananipahi' (Ragam Shuddha Saveri),or that of 'Smarasada maanasa' (Bilahari) of Swati Tirunal or 'Aadamodi galade' (Charukesi) of Tyagaraja or 'Govardhanagireesam' (Hindolam) of Muthuswami Dikshitar.[3]

G J R Krishnan's world tours include performances

- at the Lincoln center, New york

- a symphony "Sunada Pravaham" (June 2004-conducted by G J R Krishnan) at the Singapore Arts Festival

- at the Tropical Institute of Amsterdam

- in Concertgebouw-Amsterdam for the Indo Amsterdam Festival

- at the Smithsonian Institution-Washington, USA

- at the India festival in the erstwhile USSR

- at the Purcell Room, London


Krishnan's prodigious performing skills and a deep perception of the precious art of Carnatic Music have earned for him many prestigious titles and awards and recognition by many organizations and in various forums. Following are some of the awards:

1981 - Jaycees Award

1986 - Best Violinist Award from the Music Academy, Chennai

1987 - Yuva Kala Bharathi - - by Bharat Kalachar, Chennai

1990 - Creatalent Award

1992 - "ISSAIPPEROLI" from Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai

1997 - Rajamanikam Pillai Memorial Award from Sriragam Fine Arts

1997 - Rotary Award for Vocational Excellence from Rotary Club of Nangallur

1998 - The Title of "Sangeetha Choodamani" was conferred by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha ,Chennai

1998 - "Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Award " the Kalki Krishnamurthy Centenary year from the Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Trust

2004 - "Nadhabhushanam" from Sree Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, New Delhi

2006 - "Kalaimamani" by the Tamil Nadu Isai Nataka Manram, Chennai

2007 - Appointed Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Mutt in Kanchipuran

2009 - "Sangeetha Kalasagara" Award conferred at the 42nd Annual Cultural Festival of Music,Dance & Drama

2015 - "Sangeet Natak Academi" Award


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