T. N. Krishnan



Born in 1928 at North Parur in Kerala, Shri Trippunithura Narayanan Krishnan received his training in music from his father Narayana Iyer and the illustrious Carnatic vocalist Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. India’s preeminent violin maestro, Shri T.N. Krishnan established himself early both as a performer and teacher. He was appointed Professor of Violin at the Government Music College, Madras, in 1965, and in 1985 he joined the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts in the University of Delhi as its Professor and Dean. His chaste and traditional style as a performer has won him a large following among discerning listeners. While based in Delhi, he has played a part in popularizing Carnatic music in northern India. He has conducted workshops on music in various parts of India and in other countries. He has been closely associated with national and international organizations involved with the preservation and development of the fine arts. He has served as Vice-Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi from 1991 to 1993. For his outstanding musicianship, Shri Krishnan has received a number of honours including the Padma Shri (1973), the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1974), the Sangeetha Kalanidhi title from the Music Academy, Madras (1982), and the Padma Bhushan (1992). For his contribution to Indian music, Shri T.N. Krishnan is elected Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi.