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Aravind Bhargav is a performing South Indian Classical Mandolin artist, disciple of Padmasri Mandolin U Shrinivas and is in the field, only for the past 2 years. Aravind Bhargav started his musical journey with Shri U Shrinivas at the age of 6 years, much before he could realise the privilege of coming under such an illustrious and legendary Guru. Aravind hails from a musical background. He belongs to a Telugu family settled in Tamil Nadu. His father, K.Srikantan and his family, have traditionally been great fans of classical music. His mother, S.Gnana Prasuna, a vocalist, is a disciple of Sri M.Balamuralikrishna, with credits of performances on AIR & Stage and Grandmother, N.M.Lakshmi was a Veena artist & Music composer.
Born on 23rd April 1991, Aravind Bhargav has finished his Diploma in Audio Engineering with SAE College of Chennai and is currently pursuing his B – Music with Madras University.
- Title “Sukha Naada Chudar Oli” by Apporva Ragam on 1st Jan 2010 and felicitation with momento by Sri Nalli Chinna Sami Chetty on 3rd Jan 2010.
- Graded ‘B’ by Prasar Bharati, All India Radio, Chennai, from August 2011.
Born in Mysore in a family of musicians , Sukanya had the good fortune of a musician mother Smt Lakshmamma Subbarao and a direct deciple of Asthana Vidwan Sri Channakeshavaiah, who taught her initial studies in music.
Sukanya continued her studies at Fine Arts College Mysore from University Of Mysore ,where she opted carnatic Classical Vocal as her main subject . She passed her graduation and post Graduation from the same college in distinction during the years 1971and1973 respectively.
During her college days , Sukanya had advanced studies in music by Profs. V. Ramarathnam and Smt GowriKuppuswamy. Later after college days she undertook special guidance from Vidushi Nagarathna Sadashiva for few years.
Sukanya continued higher research studies in music on the subject “Contributions of Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar to Karnatac Music” A study – Under the guidance of Prof B.S. VijayaRaghavan and Vidwan V. Nanjundaswamy. She submitted a voluminous thesis work to University of Mysore for the award of Doctorate degree. As a next step of her reseach works Sukanya did an elaborate study on the subject –Rare musical instruments in Mysore Palace -and submitted a detailed reporte to the Govt of India which had granted a senior fellowship to this research work.
She is an A grade artist of All India Radio & Doordarshan . She has rendered her concerts in Radio National hook up programmes, Radio Sangeet Sammelan, and National programme of Doordarshan. She has directed and presented many music feature programmes for All India Radio, especially on Mahila Haridasas. She is also in the audition board of AIR.
Sukanya has perfomed in almost all prestigious sabhas around the country. To mention a few, prestigious The Madras Music Academy (where she was adjudjed as best artist twice in her category), Bengaluru Gayana Samaja, Mysore Durbar Hall Concerts during dussherra festivals, Mysore Music Association Mumbai, and many other sabhas at Chennai , Hyderabad , Trivendrum etc.
Sukanya has founded a music instituition Surabhi Gana Kalamandira at Mysore with a branch at Bengaluru through which she is teaching aspirants of music . She has developed a special skill in conducting music workshops on various Vaggeyakar`s and Haridasa`s rare compositions which have become very popular.
Apart from her singing talent Sukanya is also a good columnist . She is also a publisher of her own quarterly music magazine “Surabhi Sinchana” since past four years, containing articles on purely music oriented subjects written by music scholars and musicologists as well as students .
Number of audio cassets and Cds have been released in her melodious voice by reputed music companies like Sangeetha, Lahari, Bharathiya vidyabhavan Bangalore and others.
Sukanya is receipent of number of prestigious awards and titles to her credit.To name a few: Best junior artist award in the Madrsa Music Academy festivities during the years 1984 and 1986.
Gana kala shree-title by Bangalore Gana Kala Parishath during the year 1994.
Gana Saraswathi-title by Avni Sringeri Shankar Mutt during the year 1994.
Prestigious Karnataka Rajyotsava award from Govt Of Karnataka during the year 2005 .
Gaanavaridhi-title by Sri M.A. Narasimhachar Music Foundation
Sangeetha Saraswathi- title by Bhakthi Bharathee Prathisthana .
Prestigious Aryabhata International Award-2009 by Aryabhata Cultural Organisation
Hoysala Prashasthi -2010 by Hoysala Kannada Sangha Mysore and many more.
On behalf of all rasikas, Sunaada Radio thanks Dr.Sukanya Prabhakar for generously sharing her invaluable kutcheri recordings with us for the benefit of all rasikas.
Listen to Smt.Sukanya Prabhakar’s concerts in Kutcheri on Sunaada Radio.
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His Holiness Paramahamsa Sri Sri Satchidaanandendra Saraswathi Swamiji, the founder of Adhyaatma Prakaasha Kaaryaalaya at Holenarasipur (Hassan Dist., Karnataka State ) and its branches in Bangalore the author of over 250 reputed works on advaita philosophy in English, Sanskrit & Kannada , blessed the earth with his presence for ninety six useful years ( 1880 – 1975 ).
In the year 1915 when he was only thirty five years of age he noticed the accretions that had crept into Shankara Siddhantha, by the commentators and he felt the need to rediscover the real Shankara free from these accretions.
He strove single handedly to propagate and popularize parishuddha shankara vEdanta siddhAnta. Age and ailments did not deter him. His works born out of intuitive experience are characterized by vast and deep scholarship, clear and precise perception. His authentic interpretation of Shankara has been greatly recognized in the East and the West. He was not just a rare and accomplished individual but a mighty and magnificent institution.
His sayings based on real Shankara are universal in appeal. For example –
1. Vedanta is a Science of Reality.
2. Anyone who is eager to know the true nature of the self can understand the teachings of Vedaanta.
3. Vedaanta is a positive science founded on reason, intuition and universal experience, etc..
He was initiated in to Vedaata by the then pontiff of ShringEri Sri Shivaabhinava Nrisimha Bharathi Swamiji, at Kaaladi and he had come under the influence of saintly scholars such as Brahma Chaitanya Maharaj of Gondavali and Kurthukoti Mahabhagavatar.
The Karyaalaya founded by revered Swamiji in his former Ashrama is registered public charitable institution. His Highness Sri Jayachamarajendra Odeyar Bahaddur of Mysore was the Paripalaka of the Karyalaya. Their Holinesses The Shankaracharyas of ShringEri, Dwaraka and Kanchi encouraged the institution by graciously granting some monetary help as a token of their recognition of the activities of the Karyalaya.
Vedantic classes and lectures of prasthAnatrAyee are regular daily routine. Swamiji has constructed a Digvijaya Rama Temple at Holenarasipur to which daily services are rendered even today. Thus the institution is spreading the essence of Vedanta to all human beings which is irrespective of caste, creed, sex, nationality, age, etc.. which is every ones birthright to know the real self or mOksha as stated by the great Shankara-
The sole purpose of his life was to spread the real tradition – Shaankara Sampradaaya – of Vedanta i.e. AdhyArOpa apavAda prakriya as pointed / recognized by Shankara in Bhagavadgeeta Bhaasya. Swamiji is the first person to notice & discover this in Bhagavadgeeta Shaankara Bhaashya. He explained its significance and importance in understanding the messages of prasthAnatrAyee. His approach to the subject is analytical. He made a comprehensive and comparitative study of all the Vedantic thinkers who lived prior to Shankara as also those who lived after Shankara. Even to-day his sayings are vibrant and living which are being spread through his lectures in English, Sanskrit and Kannada by his direct and intimate disciple Bramharshi Adhyaatma Vidyaa Praveena Mahamahopadhyaya .Sri K.G. Subbaraya Sharmaji, an equally energetic vibrant pundit who travelled in U.S. also in 1995 to spread unique teachings of Vedaanta & Shankara.
His sole aim is to spread the messages in Shaankara Bhaashya and keep alive the sacred memory of the revered Swamiji through lectures, books etc. He was also the editor of the popular Kannada trimonthly magazine – Shankara Bhaskara. He has also written ShAnkara saMvatsara, vEdanta saMvatsara , Bhagavatgeetha saMvatsara prabOdha chintAmaNi which has been published in Kannada, Samskrutam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Urdu, Marathi, Malayalam, English and also several books in Kannada .
Swamiji lived a full life engrossed in vedantic thoughts , always right from morning till he slept and till he shuffled off his mortal coil, in accordance with the saying AsupterAmruteh kAlamnayed vEdanta chintaya quoted by H.H. Paramaachaarya of Kaanchi mutt in 1945.
Sunaada feels blessed to share some of his compositions . Sunaada conveys its sincere thanks to Sri. Sanjeeva Murthy for sharing it with us. By the blessings of Shankara and Swamiji let us also live our life fully in the same way, so that we can enjoy the everlasting bliss of Aatman.
You can listen to Swamiji’s compositions on themes including upanishads, ShankarAcharya, bhagavadgeetha in nAdOpAsanaa on Sunaada Radio.
Smt. Sujana had initial training in Veena playing from Smt. Lakshmi Suramma and then had advanced training from renowned violinist and composer Late Sri. N.C.H. Krishnamacharyulu, Vijayawada. After moving to Chennai, she learnt from senior veena vidushi Smt. Kamala Ashwathama.
She has completed the Certificate Course in Veena with Honours In 1991 and has obtained Diploma in Music (Veena) with First Class in 1995 . She has also passed Teachers Training Course in Carnatic Music in 1997 Currently B-High Grade artist (Veena) at All India Radio, Chennai.
Sujana has won the First Prize (in Preliminaries) in the 12th Yuva Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav (organised by The South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur) held at Shimoga, Karnataka in 1998.
Sujana has won the Second Prize (in Finals) in the 12th Yuva Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav (organised by The South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur) held at Vijayanagaram, Andhra Pradesh in 1999. Best State Youth Musician Award from the Department of Youth Services, Government of Andhra Pradesh. This award was presented by Sri. N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh on 1-7-1999. She secured Gold Medal in Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi competitions in Veena conducted by Yoga Ganapathi Music Circle, Visakhapatnam on 21-2-1999 and was awarded Talent Puraskar by Sri Vagdevi Talent Search Academy, Vijayawada on 28-2-1999.
She has got First Prize in the 9th State Level College Festival in 1999.
Smt.Sujana has performed many veena concerts for cultural associations Abinava Arts, Swarajhari, N.C.V. Parishad, Rasa Tarangani, Sangeet Sanmandali, Kanaka Durga Kala Samithi, IIT Madras Music Club Mudhra (as part of Veenotsav 2010) and Veena Navarathri festival 2010. She also gave concerts in Germany and USA. Currently gives regular concerts in All India Radio, Chennai.
Smt. Sujana hails from a family rich in music/art tradition. Her grand fathers were Nataratna Parupalli Subba Rao and Gayaka Sarvabhouma Parupalli Ramakrishnayya Pantulu garu, who is the guru of renowned musician Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna.
Listen to Smt.Sujana Vadlamani’s concerts in vAdya vAividhya on Sunaada Radio. On behalf of all rasikas Sunaada Radio thanks Smt. Sujana Vadlamani for sharing her music with us.
Sri C.A. Sanjeeva Murthy is a Civil Engineering professional with a strong background of Philosophical Studies – which he has gained by studying under his Spiritual Master MahaMahopadhyaya Veda Brahma Shri.K.G.Subraya Sharma for several years.
In the past he has visited USA with his Spiritual Guru in the nineties and shared his experiences with the people in several parts of the country. His long standing experience in the field of Philosophy has focused on the study of Sanskrit, vedAntic studies, upanishads, Shankara Bhaashya and also epical studies, The Bhagavad Geetha . Having studied these subjects in-depth, he has shared his knowledge with people from various backgrounds and has given several commentaries, lectures and vedAntic music programs in this connection.
Among his titles Saahithya Rathna and Vedaanta Vidya Bhaskara are very special. He is also a columnist in Kannada Prabha a kannada daily news paper, a Composer, founder of vEdAnta chintana satsangha, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, a writer of Vedaantic articles to several magazines, author of a Kannada book ( encyclopedia of Vedaanta) anvEshaNe. He has brought out several audio c.d.’s of his Guru Sri.K.G. Subraaya Sharma about Philosophical lectures in Kannada .
He is a staunch disciple of his Parama Guru Sri Sri Satchidanandendra Saraswathi Swamiji of Holenarsipur. Sri.Sanjeeva Murthya has sung & brought out audio C.D.’s
- Upanishat Tattva Gaana Rasaayana ,
- Bhagavadgeetha Tattva Gaana Rasaayana,
- Sri Shankara Vachana Gaana Rasaayana
- Advaita Tattva Vachana Gaana Rasaayana
composed by Paramaguru H.H. Sri Sri Satchidanandendra Saraswathi Swamiji.
Also brought out Dashopanishat Mantra Saara an audio c.d. for learners which was released by former Karnataka Governor His Excellency Chaturvedi at Raj Bhavan.
An interesting point worth mentioning here is that Shri.Sanjeeva Murthy has been associated with Ubhaya Gana Vidushi Dr.Shyamala.G.Bhave for several years to have a greater understanding of music and his inclination with Indian Classical Music has helped him come out with musical renditions coupled with commentaries and lectures on all the above-mentioned subjects. It is therefore felt that Shri. Sanjeeva Murthy would be an ideal person to interact with the audience especially where Vedaantic Music programmes are involved in order to enlighten them on the Spiritual and Philosophical interpretations and other aspects of the Chants /Shlokas/ Compositions that may be rendered musically in the course of such sessions. Main intension is to spread the quint essence of Shaankaraadvaitha Vedaanta to all mankind.
On behalf of all rasikas, Sunaada Radio thanks Sri Sanjeeva Murthy for sharing these invaluable compositions.
Tune into Sunaada Radio to enjoy the everylasting bliss in nAdOpAsana.
The answer to nAdAlApa 3 is Todi and Shankabharana. Tyagaraja has composed 30 compositions in both the ragas.
The winner is Giri Prasad from Bangalore. Congragulations!