Legendary violin vidwan Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao passes away

Legendary violin vidwan Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao passes away
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Ivaturi was indifferent towards awards and honorary titles and the only award he was bestowed upon was Rajiv Pratibha Puraskaram

Ivaturi was indifferent towards awards and honorary titles and the only award he was bestowed upon was Rajiv Pratibha Puraskaram

Ivaturi Vijayeswara RaoIt is indeed a sad news for the music fraternity that the legendary violin player Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao is no more. He breathed his last at 4 am on Saturday at his residence in Dabagardens, Visakhapatnam, where he was being treated for an ailment for the past 10 days.

Vijayeswara Rao (76) was born on February 19, 1938 in Visakhapatnam. He was trained under the renowned guru late Dwaram Narasinga Naidu, who nourished the prodigious talent in Vijayeswara Rao. Narasinga Naidu was an exponent age old Gurukul system, which made an indelible mark in the life of Vijayeswara Rao, who propagated and followed it throughout his life.

Vijayeswara Rao used to treat his disciples as his own children. He was great with vocals and a teacher par excellence. He produced number of disciples but his crown jewels, who were internationally renowned, are Avasarala Kanyakumari, Manda Sudharani, Pantula Rama (vocal).

He is guru in the strictest sense. His motto is to train students perfectly to make them the best. He often used to reinforce faith and confidence in his students, which perhaps was his secret for success as an exemplary teacher.

Vijayeswara Rao was indifferent towards awards and honorary titles and the only award he was bestowed upon was Rajiv Pratibha Puraskaram. When I approached him seeking his details and an interview for a magazine earlier, he refused bluntly, he wasn’t a publicity monger.

Vijayeswara Rao had a stint with All India Radio (AIR). At the behest of his noted disciple P Gopala Rao, he joined AIR - Calicut and later worked with AIR Visakhapatnam for two decades. Post retirement he has been teaching at his home.

He lived his life as a simple and pious gentlemen. He never felt that his poor and deterioratin eye sight was a deformity. He was married to music and it was his life. He was a maestro who fought against odds and persevered.

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