Friday, May 4, 2012


The famous Carnatic Vocalist and eminent  music teacher Mavelikkara R. Prabhakara Varma was born  on
29 Oct 1928 to Chandra Prabha Amma Thampuratty of Mavelikkara Vadakke Kottaram and Rama Varma
Thampuran of Kilimanoor Palace.His mother Chandraprabha Thampuratty was the daughter of  the eminent
 'Kerala Panini A.R.Raja Raja Varma.'Since his parents were interested in  Cultural activities  of many types
his interest in Carnatic Music from childhood was
 inherent.He studied at Swathi Thirunal Music College of Thiruvananthapuram and passed out with 'Gana Bhooshanam' degree.From Kerala University he obtained  B.A. degree in Sanskrit and M.A. Degree in Music.
                         Before joining the Swathi Thirunal Music College,  he was being given
training in Carnatic  music at home from the age of ten.Mavelikkara Veeramani Bhagavathar,Mavelikkara
Ramanathan etc were his teachers during those days.

Later he was trained by famous vocalists Semmankudi Sreenivasayyar,C.S.Krishnayyar,K.R.Kumara Swamy,
Madurai Kesava Bhagavathar,N.G.Seetha Ramayyar and K.S.Narayana Swamy etc.
He was having problem with his right leg from birth to death because of 'Polio' but it did not affect his
profession and enthusiasm.
At the age of 15 he had his Carnatic musical Arangettam (first public performance) held at Chengannur
Mahadeva Temple.From 1957 he gained fame as a good Carnatic musician.
He worked as Assistant Professor and Professor at Swati Thirunal Music College,Trivandrum.Later he became
the Principal of R.L.V. Music and arts Academy,Thripunithura which is near Ernakulam and worked till
retirement there.
After retirement he worked as Principal of Chithira Thirunal Music College of Trivandrum which is being run
by 'Swathi Thirunal Sangeetha Sabha'.
He had his performances abroad also in  America, Canada etc.
He was recipient of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award,
Thulasivana Award, and many other awards including Award from a society in America.
His famous disciples include 'Neyyattinkara Vasudevan,M.G.Radhakrishnan,Dr.K.Omamakutty,Ponkunnam
Ramachandran,Govindan Nampoothiri,Sankaran Nampoothiri,B.Arundhathi etc.
Mavelikkara Prabhakara Varma remained as a life long bachelor.
He died on 2 Nov 2008 at his sister's residence at Thripunitura at the age of 80.

1 comment:

  1. I was fortunate enough to be his student and learned few keertahan of Swathi Tirunal Maharaja. Perdormed along with for Swathi Sangeethlosavam conducted by Sree Swathi Tirunal Sangeetah Sabha. Also has performed with him in All India Radi Trivandrum krithis of Swathi Thirunal maharaja .