Know your instruments: Violin – Bowing to strings

Lalgudi Jayaraman

Violin, the western musical instrument, was adopted into Carnatic music a few centuries back. Since then, violin has been inspiring music lovers with its diversified style and romantic tone.

The violin is a stringed musical instrument that traces back to northern Italy.

Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan

The instrument evolved in the early 16th century. It is believed that the Medici family commissioned Andrea Amati to create a high-quality instrument that could be used by street musicians; the result was the violin. In the early eighteenth century Antonio Stradivari created what is known as the perfect violin. Since then, there has been very little advancement in the design of the violin.

T N Krishnan

The violin is the smallest member of the strings family. It is also the highest-tuned instrument of the family. Violin was introduce into Carnatic music only a few centuries back during the period of Maharaja Swati Thirunal.

The violin is capable of playing Carnatic music to its true perfection. Great violinists like Lalgudi Jayaraman, T N Krishnan and Chowdayyah have further elevated the position of violin in the field of Carnatic music.

The likes of Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, A Kaniyakumari, L Subramani, Ganesh & Kumaresh and M Lalitha and M Nandhini have made a name for themselves with violin.


Dwaram Venkatasamy Naidu
Lalgudi Jayaraman
T N Krishnan
L Subramaniam
A Kaniyakumari
Narasinga Rao Naidu
Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan
M Chandrasekharan
Ganesh – Kumaresh
M S Gopalakrishnan
L Shankar
M Lalitha and M Nandhini

NT Bureau