Legendary violinist Tripunithura Narayanaiyer Krishnan died at the age of 92 in Chennai on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home
Minister Amit Shah and various other leaders condoled the death of Krishnan, a Padma Bhushan (1992) and Padma Shri (1973) awardee.
PM Modi tweeted that Krishnan’s demise left a “big void in the world of music”. “His works beautifully encapsulated a wide range of emotions and strands of our culture. He was also an outstanding mentor to young musicians.”
Further, N Murali, the president of The Music Academy said “It’s the end of an era, He was one of the doyens of Carnatic music in the latter half of the last century.”
Krishnan was born in 1928, in present-day Kochi in Kerala, and learnt music from his father. Last year was one of his most memorable performances, as Krishnan played the Christmas carol Jingle Bells during the concert to the accompaniment of the mridangam and the veena. Krishnan’s last rites would be performed on Thursday. He is survived by his wife, Kamala, daughter Viji Krishnan and son Sriram Krishnan.