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Dr Smt N Rajam, Violin legend and music composer, floors the RKCians:
10 Aug 2017

On 10th August, 2017, the SPICMACAY invited the legendary Violin Maestro-Dr Smt N Rajam to perform in the majestic and historical Bhavsinhji Hall of the famous Rajkumar College, Rajkot. Dr Rajam  mesmerised the audience for nearly 01 hour to such an extent that the audience sat simply glued to their seats and breaking the silence every now and then with their rapturous applauds .She was assisted by Mr. Ajeet Pathak, a renowned Tabla player who also hails from a renowned and respected family of musicians in Varanasi. It was a memory down the lane for Dr Rajam as she was on her second visit to this historical place. Last time when she visited was in 1980 when she had left the audience mesmerized in the mystic quadrangle of the campus.

Dr Rajam is a renowned solo violinist as well as Hindustani classical musical performer. She was born in a professional music family in Chennai in 1938.Her father, late Shri Vidwan A Narayana Iyer was a well known exponent of the Karnatic music. Dr Rajam learned music from her father and practised raga under the guidance of Musiri Subramania Iyer and Pandit Omkarnath Thakur. She was titled as the “Singing Violin” by the music lovers worldwide and has been declared as an Emeritus Professor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU).She started practising from the tender age of 03 yrs and by the age of 09 she had become a professional violin performer. She has performed all over the country as well as abroad like Europe, Russia, Netherland, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, etc. She rendered her service to the Banaras Hindu University for nearly 40 years (initially as the Head Of The Department of Music and later on as the Dean.

She received a Gold Medal in her Bachelor’s Degree and went on to acquire many more degrees as well  like Bachelor of Music from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, MA  in Sanskrit from Banaras Hindu University, Masters in Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad followed by Ph.D in Music. She was the Chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Academy of Uttar Pradesh. In the field of Music, she is at par with other maestros hailing from the Banaras Gharana of Music like Late Shri Bundu Khan (Sarangi) and the legendary Sehnai performer Late Ustad Bismillah Khan.

She is the recipient of many prestigious awards like the Padma Shri Award in 1984, Padma Bhushan award in 2004, Puttaraj Sanmaan Award in 2004, Sangeet Natak Academy Fellowship awards by the State and the Central governments in 1990 and 2012, respectively, Pune Pandit award by the Pune Art and Music Foundation in 2010,Malaviya Award from Banaras Hindu University, etc.

She enthralled the audience with the evergreen bhajans  -  “Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram ...” and “Payoji maine ram ratan dhan payo”. Along with the original track, she also played the improvised version. She ended the evening with a soul touching Banarasi Daadri.

In his speech, the Principal of The Rajkumar College -Mr. Shankar Singh Adhikari -was very modest and expressed that any word of praise will be too small for Dr Rajam but said that she is a genius par excellence and an ageless missionary of music!