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Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu (Telugu-ద్వారం వెంకటస్వామి నాయుడు)(b. 8 November, 1893 to d. 25 November, 1964) was one of the most important carnatic violinists of the 20th century.

Early life and background

Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu was born in November (Deepavali day), in Bangaloremarker, Indiamarker and was raised in Visakhapatnammarker. He was appointed Professor of violin in the Maharaja's Music College in Vijayanagarammarker, at the young age of 26, and became its principal in 1936.

Performing career

He was the first one to start the violin solo concerts. His first solo concert was given in Vellore in 1938.

He was partially blind. He played at the National Physical Laboratory auditorium, New Delhi in 1952, to raise funds for the Blind Relief Association.

Yehudi Menuhin, a world renowned violinist, was greatly impressed when he heard Dwaram play at Justice P.V. Rajamannar's house.

He was known for his extremely well developed soft bowing technique combined with a firm fingering technique.

He wrote several interesting articles on music, like an essay on the "Peculiar characteristics of the tambura".

He cautioned his disciples against missing practice even for a day. “If you don’t practice for one day, you will notice your mistakes, if you don’t practice for two days the audience would notice your mistakes!!”. He often used to say, "Music is an audible tapas."

Sri Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu Memorial Trust was established in Chennai.

Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu Kalakshetram was established in Visakhapatnam.

Statues of this great musician have been erected in Visakhapatnam and Chennai.



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