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vaidyanathanHe was born to Sri Ramaswamy Sastri and Smt. Meenakshi at Kunnakudi, a temple town of Lord Murugan in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.His father was an erudite scholar in Sanskrit and Tamil besides being a great composer and exponent of Carnatic Music and Kathakalakshepam. Vaidyanathan started learning South Indian Classical Music from his father at a very young age.Vaidyanathan, known for introducing novelties in his violin concerts, had performed all over the world. His concerts with ‘Thavil’, a traditional south Indian drum instrument, was welcomed by music lovers in the country.He also composed music for several films.He had headed the ‘Iyal Isai Nataka Mantram’ (Sangeetha Nataka Academy) of Tamil Nadu for several years.He was also the Secretary of Thygabramha Sabha, Tiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur district, which organised the annual Aradhna Festival of the great Carnatic music composer Saint Thyagaraja.He made a mark in classical music as well as film music, and made conscious attempts to make music more accessible to the common man.