Tripunithura Viswanathan Gopalakrishnan (born 11 June 1932 in Tripunithura, Kerala) is a Carnatic and Hindustani musician from Chenai. He was awarded the Madras Music Academy[s Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 2014.
Gopalakrishnan hails from a family of musicians spanning over two centuries.His father was a court musician for the Cochin Royal family. He is one of the rare musicians who is equally proficient in both Carnatic and Hindustani Vocal, mrudangam and violin. Gopalakrishnan started playing the mridangam at the age of four and had his arangetram was performed at the Cochin palace at the age of six. He is one of the senior most disciples of Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. He is Hailed as an innovator of Indian Jazz, TVG has toured all over the world with the legends like George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Handy, Ravi Shankar, Ustad Alla Rakha etc. He has also collaborated with drummer/composer Franklin Kiermyer, Don Peake, Seigfried Kutterer and Carola Gray on many occasions.
Gopalakrishnan was given the Sageeth Natak Academy award in 1990. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan in the year 2012.
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