Website of Sh. T.R.Dhandapany, India's renowned percussionist
T.R.Dhandapany took his initial training in the art of mridangam from Sikkal
Shri A.S. Natesa Iyer. Later, he specialized under the tutelage of Late Shri.
Harihara Sharma, Principal of Jaya Ganesh Talavadya Vidyalaya of Chennai &
Late Shri. K.M.Vaidyanathan. He has been performing for the last four
decades and has accompanied many top ranking musicians.
As percussion instruments were always used as accompaniments, Shri.
Dhandapany took the initiatives and started full time talavadya programmes
to bring percussionists to the center stage. Getting an excellent response,
he was actuated to ameliorate on it by adding music to these programmes 'and
titled it 'Laya Gana Madhura Lahiri' in 1982. Since then he has given more
than 250 of these performances at cultural events organized by many esteemed
organizations like Sanskriti, Government of India, Rotary Club of India and
I.C.C.R. He also participated in First South Asian Festival held in Dhaka in
the year 1997.
He also went on a Europe tour in the year 1999 along with his disciples for
Talavadya Programmes to be included in the Re-Orient festival, which is a
yearly cultural feature and received a mass acclaim from the European
audience as well.
Shri. Dhandapany has trained various students in the art of Mridangam,
Ghatam, Kanjira, Morsing, Dholak, and Pakhawaj some of whom are established
His meticulous mathematical calculations in setting the 'sollukatus' 'korvais'
etc. earned him commendable respect amongst the musicians, audience, and the
critics alike in the form of numerous press reports and excellent audience
response. He was invited to give lecture demonstration on the art of "Mridangam
playing" at the prestigious Musee Guimett de Paris. He also performed
Talavadya Katcheri in Paris with his local disciples for which he was highly
appreciated. He was also an honorary member of Elizabeth Theatre, Australia
in the seventies. He has extensively toured entire Europe, South East Asia,
Australia, U.S.S.R., Latin America, Gulf and almost all over the world.
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