Mavelikkara Velukutty Nair
Mavelikkara Velukkutty Nair was born on 2 October 1926 in Chettikulangara (near Mavelikkara), Alleppey district, Kerala. He had undergone preliminary lessons in Mridangam from father Mridanga Vidwan Muthukulam S. Kumara Pillai. Later undergone advanced training from Maestro Sangeetha Kalanidhi Padmabhooshan Palghat Mani Iyer under Gurukula system for a period of 8 years. Late Palghat R. Raghu and Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman were also disciples of Palghat Mani Iyer along with him.
He joined the Kerala State Government Service as Teacher of Mridangam at Sri. Swathi Thirumal College of Music Trivandrum in 1959. He has the distinction of being the first teaching faculty at the mridangam department there. He retired as Professor and Head, Department of Mridangam from the same college in 1982. He had been Visiting Professor during 1984–85. Had been imparting advanced training to students from across the country with Government of India cultural scholarship. The curriculum on mridangam developed by him is still being followed in all the three music colleges in the State. He was an avowed vocalist too. He was one of the very few mridangam artists who had proved both as a brilliant performer as well as a great guru.
He died on 24 July 2012. He is survived by wife Rajamma, three sons and five daughters. His son N V Babunarayanan is a noted violinist (Staff Artist, All India Radio, Trivandrum). His daughter R. Rajalakshmi is Asst. Professor (Veena) in Sri. Swathi Thirumal College of Music Trivandrum.
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