Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi is the daughter and disciple of the great maestro Padma Bhushan Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. The fifth generation in the Lalgudi dynasty, Vijayalakshmi grew up in an atmosphere of reverberating rich music early signs of her musical inclination was apparent. She was only two when she could identify the solfa syllables in any musical phrase.
These early trends were nurtured further when she commenced her lessons at the age of six under the watchful eyes of her perfectionist father. At thirteen, she went on stage for the first time with her father. Since then, she has been performing regularly in violin duets and trios with her father
Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman and Brother Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan.
She is a leading exponent of the Lalgudi style, which is characterized by boundless innovation while strictly adhering the tradition and eloquently capturing the mood and essence of any composition. Along with her brother Lalgudi Krishnan, she has been diligently going about the task of maintaining the stylistic grandeur and singularity of the Lalgudi tradition.
She also has provided excellent violin accompaniment to several leading musicians. She has rendered several performances as a soloist on the violin, thereby making it possible for the today’s audience to get a glimpse into the great tradition and bani, established by Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. She has also performed concerts in the Jugal Bandhi format and some fusion concerts with international musicians.
Vijayalakshmi also has the credit of leading a music ensemble of the Violin, the Venu or flute and the Veena. This is a concept originally introduced by Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Vijayalakshmi has led the ensemble in over 50 concerts all over India.
She recently led the first of its kind ALL WOMEN Violin – Veena – Venu Ensemble on a tour to the US. The group travelling a little under a month to various cities in the USA Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi has the unique distinction of also being a vocalist.
Rendition of Shri LGJ’s compositions on composers’ day and the innovative combination of her vocal rendition of select compositions along with Shri Krishnan on the violin and Shri Anil Srinivasan on the Piano / Key Board are worth specific mention.
The hard work and practice required to be able to perform in all these facets as a violinist and a vocalist is testimony to the dedication she brings to the profession Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi by herself and along with her brother has delivered many a lecture demonstration, on many simple and complex subjects in the area of Carnatic music both in India and abroad.
Her recent tour to the US, she gave a fewf lec – dems in select universities which included U Penn. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi has been amidst her busy professional career offering classes both vocal and violin to students across the world. She has made a mark over many students as a uniquely talented teacher, who brings the best out of the student leaving them inspired and motivated.
As aptly put by one of her students “A Mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. A superior teacher demonstrates. But a great teacher Inspires” Vijayalakshmi’s focus on teaching is to continue to spread the specialty of the Lalgudi bani. She has taught many students across the globe, such as Germany, Australia, United States of America, UK etc. The lessons are offered on a personalized one to one basis, and combined while she travels to these countries on Musical tours.
She has travelled widely on concert tours both in India and abroad, and has performed in
Countries all over the world, including the U.S.A, Canada, the U.K., Europe, Australia, NewZealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, Indonesia and Middle East.
Awards & Titles
• “Tantri Nada Mani” by his Holiness Jayendra Swamigal, Kanchipuram
• Award for Excellence from Maharajapuram Santhanam Foundation, Chennai
• Best Accompanist Award” from the Prestigious Music Academy, Chennai
• Kalki Krishnamoorthy Memorial Award” from the Kalki Krishnamurthy Foundation
• “Yuva Kala Bharathi” from Bharat Kalachar
• Cretaalent Award
• Best Junior Artiste by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai