G. Swaminathan began his career with children's parts, and, later, grew into female roles that earned him a sizeable reputation. He matured to take on lead male characters like Hiranyakasipu and Harishchandra, to which his tall frame and commanding presence lent majesty. His work in Bhagavata Mela stretched over nearly four decades. However he had to undergo a throat operation that affected his vocal cords and he could no longer sing. Yet he continued to dance and lip-sync to playback from behind. He used to do this to such perfection that nobody could detect that he had lost his voice. His son, S. Natarajan, donned exactly the same roles in exactly the same order.
G. Swaminathan died in the year of 1995.
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