|About the Artists:
M. Nagaraj and Mysore M.
Manjunath are the sons and disciples of the
well-known violinist Sri S. Mahadevappa of Mysore. Both Nagaraj and Manjunath
prodigies who matured quickly to become superb violinists. While
his first concert at the age of eleven, Manjunath did it at age nine.
at the age of fourteen, Nagaraj won the coveted Best Violinist award
six times and became the youngest "A" Grade artist of AIR.
In 1986 he was conferred the title of
"Sangeetha Ratna." Manjunath
breezed through the trail traced by his elder brother, winning the Best
Violinist awards, "A" grade artist status, three gold medals and
first rank in Master of Music degree, besides winning other laurels.
Manjunath received his Ph.D. from Mysore University
for his work
on "Styles of Violin Playing". Both Nagaraj and Manjunath have earned
great admiration from audiences and critics abroad. Nagaraj has given
performances in USA,
is a top ranking mridangam artiste in the Carnatic music arena. His
marked by melodic dexterity and deft and graceful strokes. He first
art from Shri Tiruvarur Krishnamurthy and was guided in the field by
like MLV and Maharajapuram Santanam, whom he had accompanied quite
Today Shri Bhaktavatsalam has become one of the most popular mridangam
of this generation and is a particular favorite among musicians like T.
Sankaranarayan, M.S.Gopalakrishnan, and T. N. Krishnan among others.
Bhaktavatsalam has received many awards and titles, including the
award from the Tamil Nadu government.