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Sirkazhi Govindarajan (19 January 1933 – 24 March 1988) was a leading vocalist in Carnatic Music.

Sirkazhi Govindarajan
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Background information
Birth nameSirkazhi Govindarajan[1]
Born(1933-01-19)19 January 1933
Sirkazhi, Madras Presidency, British India
Died24 March 1988(1988-03-24) (aged 55)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
GenresFilm music (playback singing), Indian classical music
Occupation(s)Singer, Actor
Years active1952–1988

Govindarajan, was born at Sirkali, a small town in Madras Presidency (Present day Tamil Nadu) to Siva Chidambaram and Avayambal Ammal. Sirkazhi was the birthplace of Thirugnanasambandar, one of the Samaya Naalvar and the 63 Nayanmar of the Saiva faith. It was little wonder that he became a child prodigy performing at the Tirupurasundari Temple at the age of eight on the occasion of the Gnana Paal Festival.[2] His son Sirkazhi G. Sivachidambaram is also a Carnatic singer.[3]

He graduated from the Tamil Isai College in Chennai in 1949 with the Degree 'Isaimani'. He also graduated with the Degree of 'Sangeetha Vidwan'. At the same time, he started rigorous training (Gurukulavasam) under his Guru Sri.Thiruppampuram Swaminatha Pillai, who was then a Professor at the Central College of Carnatic Music, Madras. Under his tutelage and in-depth study, he gained knowledge of the nuances and intricacies of Indian Music, especially, Classical Carnatic Music. During this period, 1951–1952, he won many competitions, conducted by the Sangeetha Vidwat Sabha (Music Academy) and the Rasika Ranjani Sabha. He was the proud recipient of three Gold Medals(First Place) in the austere and hallowed halls of Sangeetha Vidwat Sabha (Music Academy) from Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer. "Sangeetha Vidwan" Sirkali won all first places in the three categories: Apoorva Krithis of Sri Thyagaraja swamigal, Ragam-Thanam-Pallavi, and Tamil Classical Songs.[2]

He was conferred the Padma Shri award by the Government of India. The Central College of Carnatic Music was the next institution for his musical enrichment.

Govindarajan had also done playback singing in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films.[4] Madras University conferred a doctorate (Honoris Causa) on him in 1983. He died of a massive heart attack in 1988, aged just 55.




Year Movie Role
1967 Kandhan Karunai Nakkeerar
1969 Vaa Raja Vaa Police Officer
1970 Thirumalai Thenkumari Raghavan
1972 Agathiyar Agathiyar
1972 Dheivam Cameo Appearance
1973 Rajaraja Cholan Nambiyandar Nambi
1975 Thiruvarul Cameo Appearance
1976 Dasavatharam Naradhar
1982 Thaai Mookaambikai Cameo Appearance
1989 Meenakshi Thiruvilayadal Agathiyar



  1. ^ Simple, Soul-Stirring Music. The Hindu, 29 June 2001.
  2. ^ a b Sirkali Home Page
  3. ^ "An Aussie honour for Indian vocalist". The Hindu. 7 December 2001. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  4. ^ Govindarajan Profile[permanent dead link]

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