Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

The Lalgudi tradition of classical music needs no introduction to music connoisseur

Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, daughter and disciple of the great maestro has been a worthy torch bearer of this great parampara. She has over the years contributed not only to the continuation of these unique bani, but has made it flourish further. The fifth generation musician in the family, Vijayalakshmi grew up in an atmosphere of reverberating, rich music. Early signs of her musical inclinations were apparent, when she was only two years old when even then, she could identify the solfa syllables in any musical phrase. These early trends were nurtured further when she commenced her lessons at the age of six under the watchful eyes of her perfectionist father. At the age of thirteen she went on stage for the first time with her father. Since then, she has been performing regularly in violin duets and trios with her father Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman and brother Krishnan. Over the years she has grown into a mature artiste and a violinist in her own right. She, along with her brother, Lalgudi Krishnan, is a leading exponent of the Lalgudi style, which is characterized by boundless innovation while strictly adhering to tradition and eloquently capturing the mood and essence of any composition.

Her musical excellence , melody ,rhythm style and technique and the diligence with which she has gone about maintaining and the stylistic grandeur is a corner stone of her success

She does have the unique distinction of also being a vocalist, again groomed under the Lalgudi tradition, and has made a mark for herself as one. In recent years, she also has provided superb violin accompaniment to several leading musicians. She has rendered several performances as a soloist on the violin, thereby making it possible for the today’s audience to get a glimpse into the great tradition and bani, established by Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Vijayalakshmi also has the credit of leading a music ensemble of the Violin, the Venu or flute and the Veena

She has travelled widely on concert tours both in India and abroad, and has performed in countries all over the world, including the U.S.A, Canada, the U.K., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, Indonesia and Middle East

The demands of her profession notwithstanding, Vijayalakshmi has acquitted herself creditably in academics as well. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and followed it up with a Diploma in Music. Vijayalakshmi has reached the top rungs in the ladder of recognition only because of the inborn talent, command over music, focus and dedication.