L. Vaidyanathan

Lakshminarayana Vaidyanathan (Tamil: லக்ஷ்மிநாராயண வைத்தியநாதன்; Kannada: ಎಲ್.ವೈದ್ಯನಾಥನ್; 9 April 1942 – 19 May 2007) was an acclaimed musicologist, music director and composer,[1] trained in the classical Carnatic music tradition. Vaidyanathan was born in Chennai to V. Lakshminarayana, and Seethalakshmi, both accomplished musicians. He was the elder brother of accomplished violinist duo L. Shankar and L. Subramaniam. He created the tunes of the iconic TV serial Malgudi Days.[2] All three brothers received their musical training from their father.[3]

L. Vaidyanathan
Lakshminarayana Vaidyanathan

(1942-04-09)9 April 1942
Died19 May 2007(2007-05-19) (aged 65)
Parent(s)V. Lakshminarayana
L. Vaidyanathan
InstrumentsViolin, harmonium


Vaidyanathan started his career as an Assistant music director to G. K. Venkatesh and composed the score for over 170 films in languages including Tamil and Kannada. His notable works include Pesum Padam, Ezhavathu Manithan, Dasaratham and Marupakkam in Tamil and Aparichita, Kubi Matthu Iyala, Ondu Mutthina Kathe in Kannada. He was one of the best music arrangers in the country and was known for his use of rare and unknown instruments, subtly mixing sounds from the mandolin, flute and violin with various folk percussion instruments before the advent of present-day technological advances in sound mixing.[3] He collaborated with C.Ashwath and composed music for many Kannada movies in the name Ashwath-Vaidi. One catchy and enduring composition of his would be, the Opening and Closing Score 'Thaana na nana' of Shankar Nag's Malgudi Days (TV series).

In 2003, the government of Tamil Nadu awarded Vaidyanathan with the Kalaimamani for contributions to cinema.[4]


With C. Aswath
Year Film Title Notes
1979 Ene Barali Preethi Irali Credited as "Ashwath - Vaidi"
1980 Anurakthe
1980 Narada Vijaya
1981 Aalemane
1981 Anupama
1981 Kanchana Mruga
1982 Baadada Hoo
1983 Simhasana
As solo composer


  1. ^ "Juries for the selection of films for National Awards set up". Press Information Bureau, Govt of India. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Music director L. Vaidyanathan dead". The Hindu. 20 May 2007. Archived from the original on 21 May 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
  3. ^ a b "We need sweet memories…". The Hindu. 25 May 2007. Archived from the original on 23 September 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Kalaimamani awards announced". Frontline. 11 October 2003. Retrieved 28 July 2009.