Chitravina N Narasimhan had his training under his father Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar, and was an accomplished vocalist before he was 10. He then took to the chitravina and performed brilliantly all over the country, popularising Carnatic music in the process. Narasimhan had his learning from greats such as T Brinda, G N Balasubramaniam, Budalur Krishnamoorthy Shastrigal and Musiri Subramaniam Iyer.
Narasimhan also popularised Narayana Iyengar’s tuning methods and playing techniques among many other players of this instrument. He has composed several ragam-tanam-pallavi-s in intricate talas and evolved intricate melo-rhythmic techniques that leave both practitioners and professionals spell bound.
The awards he won are Gotuvadya Kalanidhi, Gotuvadya Praveena, Hanumad Gana Shiromani, Acharya Ratnakara (from Aradhana Committee, Cleveland, USA) and Acharya Pitamaha (San Diego, USA). He holds the world record for presenting an artiste at the age of two and he was among the first to conceive that child prodigies be made.
Narasimhan then presented Ravikiran as a full-fledged vocalist at the age of five, in 1972, with a repertoire of nearly 500 compositions. Narasimhan had channelled his son’s talent to enable him to identify 325 ragas, 175 talas, various composers, and effortlessly answer numerous other questions related to Carnatic music.
His lectures-demonstrations and workshops in San Diego, Houston, San Jose, Philadelphia and other cities in the USA, enabled numerous students, parents and music lovers to get a glimpse of his immense musicianship and revolutionary methods of teaching and nurturing precocious children.