Thiruvizha Jayashankar



Born on 31 January 1937 in Thiruvizha village in AIleppcy district of Kerala, Shri Jayasankar learnt playing the Nagaswararn from his father Thiruvizha Raghava Panickcr, who rendered regular service as a vidwan at the Thirunakkara temple at Kottayam. Shri Jayasankar pursued school and college studies even as he trained in Nagaswaram, taking a B.A. with music and philosophy in Chittoor in 1962. He joined All India Radio at Thiruvananthapuram as a staff artist in 1965.
Over a long career that began at age fifteen at the Pathiyoor Devi temple near Kayamkulam, Shri Jayasankar has established himself as a leading Nagaswaram artist . He has played the Nagaswaram at all the important temples of southern India, and remains a regular performer at the Palani, Tirupati, and Trichendur temples. Outside traditional venues, he has given recitals at major festivals in India and abroad, such as the Festival of India in France (1985) and several editions of the Radio Sangeet Sammelan. He performs regularly in Chennai during the music season in December. Besides concerts on radio and television channels, he has been involved with university education in music, and is connected with several teaching institutions. He has lectured and presented papers at colleges all over South India, and has published a book on Nagaswaram titled Nagaswara Patanam . He has many recordings to his credit.
As a music student, Shri Jayasankar won the Gold Medal for wind instruments at a competition conducted by All India Radio. He has been conferred the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award (1982) for his service to music, as well as the Fellowship of that Akademi (2000).
Shri Thiruvizha Jayasankar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Carnatic music.