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V. DORESWAMY IYENGAR

 Doreswamy Iyengar (b.1920) was a shining star in the galaxy of famous vainikas of Mysore. Doreswamy Iyengar's guru was his own father Venkatesha Iyengar who initiated him into the world of music. However it was Venkatagiriyappa under whose tutelage Doreswamy Iyengar blossomed as a young and talented vainika through a rigorous training in the typical gurukula system. He was a well-known vainika by the age of 16 or 17 and was giving concerts. The first of his major performances came in 1943 at the Bangalore Gayana Samaja. He played the veena at the Rasika Ranjani Sabha of Chennai in 1944. The next year he was to play at the Music Academy, Chennai, during the annual festival presided over by the redoubtable Vainika Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer. Unassuming and affable, Dr. Doreswamy Iyengar was associated with All India Radio, Bangalore, where he had produced a memorable series on the post-Thyagaraja composers of Karnataka. This had won wide acclaim. Dr. Doreswamy Iyengar was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1983, the Sangeetha Kalanidhi title of the Music Academy, Chennai in 1985, Sangeetakala Rathna of the Gayana Samaja, Bangalore (1976), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1971 and the Karnataka Nritya Academy Award in 1971. He also received the Academy of Music, Bangalore's Chowdaiah Memorial National Award in 1985 and in 1994, the Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai, honoured him with its "Sangeetha Kala Sikhamani''


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