Gandharva Vidyabhushana, Gana Kala Nidhi
Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu
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5th September is Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu's Birth Day,
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Violin Maestro Sri Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu is one of the most remarkable personalities of Karnatak Music. Sri Narasinga Rao Naidu had the rare opportunity of learning from his father Sri Dwaram Venkata Krishna Naidu. The legendary Violinist Sangeetha Kala Nidhi Dr. Dwaram Venkata Swamy Naidu was his uncle. An extraordinary soloist and an ideal accompanist Sri Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu was also an extremely passionate, dedicative and generous Guru. His great legacy of disciples consists of many eminent musicians of today.
Gandharva Vidyabushana Gana Kala Nidhi Sri Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu, was born on 5th September 1908 in Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh to Smt. Lakshminarayanamma and Sri Dwaram Venkatakrishniah Naidu. Venkatakrishnaiah Naidu was the elder brother and guru of legendary Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu. He had his training from his father and uncle Sangeetha Ratnakara, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. Venkataswamy Naidu. He worked in Railways for some time in Vijayawada. He had given several concerts and earned good name as a Violin Solo Vidwan. He was appointed as Violin Professor in Mahararaja's Music College Vizianagaram in the year 1936 when Dr. Dwaram Venkata Swamy Naidu became the Principal of that College. He worked as violin Professor and later became the Principal of Maharaja Government Music College at Vizianagaram for many years and was known as a great guru who treated his scores of disciples with affection.
Sri Narasinga Rao Naidu has acclaimed name and fame as Violin Soloist. He has developed a new style in Violin playing. He accompanied his uncle Sri Dwaram Venkata Swamy Naidu on Violin in the entire South India. He accompanied the musical celebrities of south like Parupalli Ramakrishniah Pantulu, Muniganti Venkata Rao Panthulu, Dr. Sripada Pinaka Pani, GNB, Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna, Chembai Vidyanatha Bhagavatar, T.R.Mahalingam, Mahavadi Venkata Appaiah Sastry, Krovi Satyanarayana Sastry, Sattur Satagopan and several others. He has also accompanied his disciples like Nedunuri Krishna Murthy.
Narasingarao Naidu died at the early age of 52 years on 10th March 1960. All his sons and daughters are excellent violinists. Sri Durgaprasada Rao (Retired Principal, Maharaja Government Music college, Vizianagaram)Sri Satyanarayana ( Now at AIR, Hyderabad), Smt. Poosarla Manorama (Retired Principal of Bhakta Ramadasu Government Music College, Hyderabad) imbibed their fathers superb bowing technique and have earned fame in the field of violin.
The Brilliant Violinist - Dwaram
Oriya: Raja Jagannath Deo Verma English: Sri Kapileswar Das, M.A. (Lit) M.A.(Ph)
Thou struggled thine whole life
To uplift the Art of South
Art for art sake
And Music for Music
Not only a year or two
But half a century
Ambition like the topmost peak of Himalaya
With manifold worries and struggles
Sent your message of Music from North to South
Riding the Horse of Dawn
The Violin and Bow.
Oh! Pioneer of South,
Who whipped the strings on his bow
Like Yujuchchu with Gandiva bent by arrow
Half happy and half sorrowful;
Shed tears: Like the mother who lost her child,
I never saw thou in angry mood
Thou flowed just as Saraswathi
Beneath the Ganga & Yamuna
Never boasted with Pride
Thou wert a Humble disciple of Music
Against many obstacles
Pined and pined with smiling appearance
With a violin transmitting East to West
With lovely teaching to public listeners
Thine life was based on unique technique
Rendering the bow on four strings
Oh ! Violinist !
The page of History will speak
Thine Devotional Dedication :
Thou kicked the post of life
And turned it into pieces
At an early age :
Lived for fifty one springs only :
None have narrated thine story
Oh ! My beloved Teacher !
Sun of the Dawn
I bow my head at thy talent :
Please embrace me,
Allow me to rest a while
In the shadow of your departure
Allow me to listen to your
Melodious songs of strings
Just for a while.
Courtesy: Text, Messages and Photos from Centenary Souvenir
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