Artistes' Panorama



Mayavaram Govindaraja Pillai

Govindaraja Pillai hailed from the village Vazhuvur near Mayavaram, which is noted for its temple and Bharatanatyam exponents. Pillai had his violin training under Mayavaram Bhootalinga Iyer and later under Simizhi Sundaram Iyer and his uncle, Nagaswaram Veerasami Pillai. Between 1925 and 1930, he learnt from Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai the fine art of violin accompaniment. He made his debut at Mayavaram in 1930 accompanying his own master in the latter's solo concert. Appointed as the Asthana Vidwan at Trivandrum, he was known for his versatility and melodious tone.


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