Vellore G. Ramabhadran



Born on 4 August 1929 in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, Shri Vellore G. Ramabhadran received his training in Mridangam from his father Shri Vellore T.P. Gopalachari. He was also trained in Kanjira, Ghatam, Konakkol, as well as vocal music.
Shri Vellore G. Ramabhadran made his first public appearance in 1942 as a Mridangam accompanist for Shri Madurai Mani Iyer, and has been a professional artist from his 20s. He has performed extensively, accompanying leading Carnatic vocalists and instrumentalists at home and abroad. Among other notable appearances, he was featured in the Festivals of India in U.K., U.S.A., and U.S.S.R. He has been honoured with many prestigious awards including the Sangeetha Choodamani Award by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai; Sri Chowdiah Memorial Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Sangeet Kala Shikhamani, and the title of Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram, Government of Tamil Nadu.
Shri Vellore G. Ramabhadran is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian music.