Chennai, Sep 8: Violin maestro and Padmashree recipient, Kunnakudi Vaidhiyanathan died on Monday, Sep 8 following a heart attack in a city hospital.
He was 73. He was undergoing treatment for heart aliment at a private hospital when the end came at about 2150 hrs. He was admitted to the hospital for five days and on Monday evening he experienced a sudden ailment and had to be kept under emergency care before he breathed his last.
The maestro with sacred ash and a saffron dot on his forehead was known for his dexterity and versatality in violin that not only catered to a class of people or scholars but was enjoyed even bya layman. His play reflected his own different moods and the demands of his audience with whom he established and enjoyed a good rapport.
Apart from his profession, He also joined the film orchestra with Modern Theatres in Salem. In 1963, his Carnatic base and light music knowledge helped him to join in HMV as a freelance Music Director mainly for producing Bhakthi Songs. To prove his merit in the region of music, he chose celluloid media and produced Tamil Musical films of his own. The film, 'Todi", full length presentation of his flamboyant music with TN Seshagopalan was a success.