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Vittal Ramamurthy is a leading and popular violinist in the Carnatic music tradition of South India. He is an outstanding soloist as well as an excellent accompanist. He is a Grade ‘A’ artiste of All India Radio and has performed extensively in national radio and television, in addition to live concerts.

Born in a family of musicians and music connoisseurs, Vittal started his musical journey at home. He started learning Carnatic music from his mother, Krishnaveni, who is the main guiding force in all walks of his life. He was introduced to violin by his grandfather, Late Sangeethabhushanam B.V. Subba Rao. He continued training under Hosahalli Venkataram and T. Rukmini. He has been fortunate to learn the nuances of violin playing from the legend and violin maestro Padmabhushan Lalgudi Jayaraman. Under his able tutelage, he blossomed into a versatile musician.

His authentic rendering of Carnatic music is rich with creativity and innovative improvisation. His playing scores high on the melody scale and is embellished with heart-warming sangatis. His excellent style encompasses aesthetic grace, rhythmic accuracy and captivating melody.

His accompanying style is to subtly blend with and complement the main performer in the best traditions of the Lalgudi style. Sensitive accompaniment, harmony, grace and maturity mark his widely acclaimed performances. He has a strong vocal background also. This adds essence to the quintessence of the Lalgudi style which is characterised by purity, clarity, melody and above all deep emphasis on Sahitya. His bhava-filled raga expositions stand testimony to his talent and arduous training.

In his quest to spread the tradition of Carnatic music, Vittal Ramamurthy has disciples worldwide. He has students in India, USA, Canada, Australia and France. Many of his students have become leading performers today.

As a Musicologist, he has given Lecture Demonstrations and workshops at some major universities like the prestigious Shepherd School of Music (Rice University, Houston, Texas), Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and Harvard University (Boston, Massachusetts).

In his passion for music and selfless contribution to the growth of Carnatic music, Vittal Ramamurthy and family organise summer camps in his native town, Dharmasthala in Karnataka every year. About 80 to 100 children from surrounding villages attend this camp which is in the style of the Gurukulam system. They stay in his house and learn music for a whole week and share it with all their friends. Eminent artistes are invited to give workshops and concerts to these young musicians. Artistes like Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Vijay Siva, T. M. Krishna, Vellore Ramabhadran and Sankari Krishnan have participated in these workshops.