Thiruvizha Jayashankar

Thiruvizha Jayashankar (born 1940) is an Indian classical musician and a well known Nadaswaram expert in South India.[1]

Thiruvizha Jayashankar
Thiruvizha Jayashankar, renowned nagaswaram artist from Kerala
Thiruvizha Jayashankar, renowned nagaswaram artist from Kerala
Background information
Born (1940-02-01) 1 February 1940 (age 80)
Thiruvizha, Cherthala Alleppey, India
GenresIndian classical music
Occupation(s)Music Performer
Years active1955–present
Thiruvizha Jayashankar

Early life and educationEdit

Born in the family of musicians in a small village Thiruvizha, Alleppey, Jayashankar was keen to learn music and drawing in his childhood. He is the son of nadaswara maestro Thiruvizha Raghava Panickar and grandson of Thiruvizha Sanku Panickar. Jayashankar opted for preliminary lessons in the nagaswaram under his grandfather and later received advanced training from his father with whom he began playing in the temples of central Travancore almost on a regular basis. His debut performance (Arangetram) was in the year 1955 at the age of 16 which was held at the Pathiyoor Devi Temple, Kayamkulam.[2]

He has completed his diploma (Ganabhooshanam) in music from RLV College of Music and Fine Arts (University of Kerala) in 1957. noted Indian playback singer K. J. Yesudas was his batch mate. After the completion of diploma course, he has taken BA degree in music from Government College, Chittur (University of Caicut) near Palakkad and post graduate diploma (Ganapraveena) from Swathi Thirunal College of Music (University of Kerala), Trivandrum[3]


Jayashankar opted for a central Government job in All India Radio, Thiruvananthapuram in 1965 and worked there till retirement. He was also a visiting professor at Annamalai University, Chidambaram.

His musical journey with great Tavil mastro Valayapetty Subramaniam proved to be a landmark in live Nagaswara concerts. Haripad Murukadas and Vettikkavala Sasi Kumar are few of his famous disciples.[4][5]

Awards and recognitionEdit


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  4. ^ Kaladharan, V. (12 December 2013). "Sound of the nagaswaram". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  5. ^ Kaladharan, V. (20 December 2013). "Inimitable idiom". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
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  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)