Palghat R. Raghu

Palghat R Raghu

Palghat R. Raghu (9 January 1928 – 2 June 2009) was a Carnatic musician and percussionist. He was awarded the Madras Music Academy‘s Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 2007.

Early life

Palghat Ramaswamy Raghu was born in RangoonBurma (now Myanmar) to Palghat Ramaswamy Iyer and Ananthalakshmi Ammal. As a child, he was immensely talented and inducted into mridangam lessons very early in his life. His first mridangam lessons were from Tinniam Venkatarama Iyer and Trichy Raghava Iyer. Later he learnt the art from Palghat T. S. Mani Iyer, to whose niece, Swarnambal, he was married. He was a graduate of mathematics.



Raghu toured extensively in Europe, United States, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. He performed with artists such as Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, Flute Hariprasad ChaurasiaSantoor Shivkumar Sharma and Alla Rakha in numerous concerts in India and abroad. He had also been involved in East-West fusion music. He had been visiting professor of music at Wesleyan University in ConnecticutSan Diego State University and University of Berkeley. He regularly conducted advanced mridangam classes for the benefit of his students and upcoming mridangam artists.

Palghat Raghu’s grandsons are carnatic musician Abhishek Raghuram and mridangam artist Anantha R. Krishnan.