Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar

Carnatic Vocalist

Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, a legend in Carnatic classical music, was born at Chembai in Palakkad District of Kerala in September 1896. A member of a musical family, he received his training in music from his father Shri Anantha Bhagavathar. In 1905, he made his debut performance along with his brother Shri Subramaniam at a temple in a town named Ottapalam. But he became a famed vocalist after the concert conducted at the Triplicane Sangeeta Sabha in 1918. Chembai is the recipient of several honors, prominent being Padma Bhushan and Sangeet Natak Akademi award. Though he passed away in 1974, every year a music festival popularly known as ‘Chembai Music Festival’ is conducted in his remembrance.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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