Research in Layathuvam at 86 wins PhD for veteran musician Gopalakrishnan

Age never deterred this octogenarian from pursuing his PhD in the subject he loved and on Wednesday, Sangitha Kalanidhi T V Gopalakrishnan (86) was conferred the degree by Governor and Chancellor of Bharathidasan University (BDU) Banwarilal Purohit during the university’s 34th convocation programme.
Research in Layathuvam at 86 wins PhD for veteran musician Gopalakrishnan
Musician TV Gopalakrishnan (in white robes) being awarded the PhD by Governor Banwarilal Purohit


Popularly known as TVG, the famous Carnatic and Hindustani musician who is also known for his bass voice, had prosecuted his PhD in Layathuvam in Carnatic Music at the Tamil Nadu Government Music College, Tiruvarur, affiliated to the BDU. 
According to TVG, his research is a first-of-its-kind of the behaviour pattern of music. “I studied the nuances of music for my research, as the word ‘Layam’ itself means movement and rhythm. It was easy for me to take up this research because of my musical career that I was pursuing from the age of five,” said a proud Gopalakrishnan. 
The research has been done in such a way that it will be a useful guide for any music learner as it is applicable to light music, film music and not limited to only Carnatic and Hindustani. 
Gopalakrishnan took around six years to complete his research. Before that, he did his post-graduation in music at the Tamil Nadu Government Music College in Chennai. 
The 86-year-old musician has worked with music maestro Ilayaraja, pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Allarakha Qureshi among others. 
He is also a recipient of various awards, including Sangitha Kalanidhi, Sangitha Nataka Academy and Isai Selvam for contribution to Tamil music and Padma Bhushan.
Governor joins Clean India campaign 
Governor Banwarilal Purohit, who visited Tiruchy on Wednesday, inaugurated the Clean India programme after cleaning the Central Bus Stand area, and inspected various projects, including the waste management programmes, adopted by the civic body. Administering the cleanliness oath to students, officials, sanitary staff and members of NGOs, Governor Banwarilal Purohit inspected the public toilets near the bus stand area and distributed pamphlets on cleanliness awareness to the public.

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