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.
GURU LINEAGE & CREDENCE
Bhavadhaarini hails from the family of veteran composer Mayuram Vishwanatha Shastry. Born and brought up in a music environ there was a natural environment to learn Carnatic music from the age of 5. Her 20 year long association with her guru, the doyen of Carnatic Music Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt D.K.Pattammal brought out the sensitive musician in her. Bhavadhaarini is today one of the most senior and successful disciple of Smt D.K.P.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
She became a graded artist of All India Radio’ Chennai in 2002 by winning their All India Competition in CARNATIC, DEVOTIONAL AND LIGHT categories .Now she broadcasts regularly for AIR. Recipient of the CCRT fellowship (Center for Cultural Resource and Talent) from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, for a period of 9 years from 1990 and also the recipient of Sterling Holidays Scholarship for Vocal Music for a period of 3 years from 1997.She received the “Sivaji Birudhu” in Feb 2009 in appreciation of her work in the ﬁeld of Carnatic Music and Devotional Music. Recipient of the Spic Scholarship for 3 years from 2000. She has been given titles like ‘Gaana Vaanee’, ‘Isai Selvi’ ‘KalaikkaLanjium’ and ‘Tamizh Isai Vaani’ at various regional Sabhas.She is also the proud recipient of title ‘SAI BAJAN RATHNA’ from SAI SEVA CHAKRA, 2001 for her excellent soulful renditions of Bhajans and devotional songs. The title “Gaanamrutha Vitthagar” was bestowed on her by Isai Priya, Thiruvarur, Tamilnadu in appreciation for her work in the ﬁeld of Carnatic Music in 2009
Bhavadhaarini is now heading towards her PhD in Indian Music at Bharathidasan University. She has completed her M.Sc in Applied Microbiology from Vaishnav College, Chennai and did her second Masters Degree & M.Phil in Indian Music from Mother Teresa University.
• CSIR UGC NET qualiﬁed Lecturer in Indian Music (Dec 2005) and Microbiology (Dec 2004)
• Master of Philosophy in Indian Music – May 2005, University 1st Rank, Mother Teresa University for Women, Kodaikanal, India
• Master of Arts in Indian Music – May 2004, University 1st Rank, Mother Teresa University for Women, Kodaikanal.
• Master of Science with a major in Applied Microbiology – Apr 2002, College 1st Rank, UNIVERSITY OF CHENNAI
• Bachelor of Science in General Microbiology- Apr 2000. College 1st Rank, UNIVERSITY OF CHENNAI
AS AN ACCOMPANYING VOCALIST
She has accompanied two multifaceted professional Bharathanatyam exponents, Smt. Vyjayanthi Mala Bali and Smt Rajeswari Sainath, on stage LIVE performances in Chennai, Nellore, Kakinada, Hyderabad and Bangalore at more than 20 venues. She is the only Vocal artist in the 5 member Panchakshari Fusion Band comprising of Sharreth, B.V.Balasai, D.A.Srinivas and Punya Srinivas. She has also been credited as the only female artist to accompany 7 string violin by Maestro Harikumar on Scale “A” for 3 hour concert organized in Shastry Hall Chennai in 2006. She has also participated in Uma shankarsʼ “Layathathwa”, Vikku Vinayakramʼs fusion band & Guru Karaikudi Maniʼs Fusion performances.
AS A DEDICATED TEACHER
She combines in herself the rare talent and training of rendering classical music maintaining the traditional authenticity and conducts her Music school branch at Anna Nagar called Karpagam Sangeetha Vidyalayam. She also heads Karpagam Bhajana Mandali and conducts Namasankeerthanam and Abhangs Concerts with her team of such trained students. Bhavadhaarini conducts Online Music lessons for many interested enthusiastic students all over the world rightly tapping the advancement of technology. Apart from her concert tours; she also travels to corners of the country and abroad to conduct Lecture Demonstrations and Workshops in Music, Musicology.
Her Complete profile is available here Bhavadhaarini- Carnatic Vocalist
On behalf of all rasikas, we thank Smt.Bhavadhaarini for sharing her melliflous concerts with us.
Ludwig Pesch (1955) is a German-born musicologist, educator and musician. As pupil of flautist Ramachandra Shastry (1906-1992), musical heir to the great traditions of Tyagaraja and Sarabha Sastrigal, he became a scholar under the Indo-German Cultural Exchange Programme and the German Academic Exchange Service. He completed his Diploma Course in Carnatic Music (First Class) at Kalakshetra and performed alongside his guru for several years. At the same time he co-founded Sampradaya, a music documentation centre and archive in Chennai. He also initiated an architectural research project on Indian chamber theatres in conjunction with several Indian organizations which resulted in Sittrarangam, the Small Theatre Madras. (See “Small theatre” on www.natyasala.mimemo.net for more information.)
Since his training at Kalakshetra in Chennai he is based in Amsterdam. Thanks to the guidance of several authorities on Carnatic music, he was able to author “The Oxford Illustrated Companion to South Indian Classical Music”. Most prominent among his guides were Vidya Shankar and S Rajam (both 1919 – 2010) for questions pertaining to the application of theory to performance and teaching; and TR Sundaresan (1963) for the intricacies of laya in relation to tala theory.
In 2000 he was presented with the Cross of the Order of Merit conferred by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany “for his outstanding contribution to cultural relations with India”. An active participant in Europe’s dialogue with India, he received the Rabindranath Tagore Cultural Award (Kulturpreis) of the Indo-German Society (DIG) “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the spread of knowledge about India’s spirit and life”.
He continues developing www.carnaticstudent.org, an e-learning programme commissioned by the distance education department of Lueneburg University in Germany in 2001. Since 2002 he has been a visiting lecturer at the departments of indology and music at Wuerzburg University in Germany. He has collaborated with performers and academics affiliated with other European universities. These joint efforts resulted in an ongoing exploration of the intrinsic qualities of Carnatic music; and this in a manner that lends itself to teacher training programmes (www.aiume.org). On these lines he has authored many articles, lectures and workshops such as those hosted during the world conferences of the International Society for Music Education (ISME).
Voleti Venkateswarulu with Lalgudi GJR Krishnan (violin) and Karaikudi Mani (mridangam).
Recorded by Ludwig Pesch at Sittrarangam (Chennai) on 2 October 1987.
This concert by Voleti Venkateswarulu was facilitated by vocalist Dr Rita Rajan and her husband as part of a chamber music series hosted at Sittrarangam. Performances at this venue (The Small Theatre Madras) were part of our joint efforts to bring the subtle nuances of Carnatic music and other traditional art forms to the attention of younger audiences including teachers and music students. A similar series of “mikeless concerts” had earlier been held at the library of the German cultural institute (Max Mueller Bhavan); and this with unexpected success. Under the “Sampradaya” banner, we had featured many senior performers, particularly those whose specialties were rarely if ever presented to the concert going public of Chennai; and also topical concerts focusing on special genres cultivated by scholarly musicians.
It was in this context that I had earlier met “Voleti”, as he is affectionately called by his admirers. I instantly realized that his profound influence on rasikas had its roots in a commitment to spreading good music unconditionally and without any compromise. Not surprisingly, he closed his eyes while singing. Yet there was nothing in his mild and unassuming manners that would betray the greatness that continues to inspire several Carnatic musicians so long after his premature demise.
Having listened to Voleti Venkateswarulu during a Music Academy music season concert, I knew that I was in the presence of a singer for whom complete immersion in music was more than an idea: like my flute teacher Ramachandra Shastry, Voleti was the very embodiment of the musical philosophy expounded by Sri Tyagaraja. In the lyrics of his famous Sankarabharanam kriti “Svararagasudha”, we learn that “devotion associated with the ambrosia of svara and raga is verily paradise and salvation.”
It is a great privilege to share my recording of Voleti’s rendition of this very song with a larger public. Here we feel that Tyagaraja’s universal genius is expressed in the most appropriate manner: we are witness to an intimate exploration of both, the elaboration of one of the most important ragas of Carnatic music, and one of the famous compositions by Tyagaraja. For the saintly poet-composer, being a Nada Yogi was not an end in itself but part of an even greater quest, one that is not limited to the cultural boundaries of southern India.
Finally I would like to point out the the congenial accompaniment by Karaikudi Mani and Lalgudi GJR Krishnan. With the restraint inspired by the personality of Voleti Venkateswarulu, they have contributed to an unforgettable listening experience I encourage listeners to also share with others. In gratitude for their kind permission I share this precious recording with the larger world of music.
— Ludwig Pesch, Amsterdam 17 September 2011
On behalf of all listeners, Sunaada Radio thanks Ludwig for sharing concerts of Voleti Venkateswarulu and Pudukode Krishnamurthy.
Sri Rathakrishnan Thiagarajan was one of the first patrons of Sunaada Radio. When Sunaada Radio solicited non-commercial recordings for the benefit of the rasikas, it was quite natural to expect some young internet savvy people interested in Carnatic/Hindustani music to respond.
However, the first email came from a nonagenerian (91 years) Sri R Thiagarajan who was living in S.S.M residency in outskirts of Chennai. His enthusiasm was no lesser than any teenager and overwhelmed us by his immense contributions of his recordings of great artists including his wife Late Smt. Kamala Thiagarajan. He was very knowledgable about both Carnatic and Hindustani music.
Sri R.Thiagarajan, 92 years, Retd Director, Geological Survey of India, Son of Sri. V.Rathakrishna Iyer , passed away suddenly on Feb 11, 2011, 10.00pm at SSM Residency/Hindu Mission Hospital Tambaram.
Sunaada Radio team is very fortunate to have known and corresponded with him although for short period of 8 months. On behalf of all listeners, we thank Sri R Thiagarajan for his contributions.
It was in the year 1975 when Sri V.Ramaswamy was working with The Indian Steel Rolling Mills, Nagapattinam that he enjoyed the full beauty and grace of Ambal Neelayadakshi. When the deity was taken through the four streets around the temple in a well decorated beautiful car accompanied by music and Veda mantras that he got the inspiration to compose lyrics in praise of the Ambal.
Goddess Neelayadakshi graced and blessed me to write at least one song every year. I got them printed and arranged for distribution to devotees during Adi Puram function in the temple through friends.
-Sri V Ramaswamy
While he was in Mumbai, he was suggested by an elderly woman, to worship Goddess Neelayadakshi during Navratri festival keeping the Deity’s picture on a swing (joola or Oonjal in Tamil). Since that year 1981, Mother Neelayadakshi’s picture is kept on a home-made decorated Joola inviting devotees on Vijayadasami Day to worship and seek Her blessings
It is nothing but Her Grace that I get the lyrics in praise of the Deity a few months before the Adipuram festival.
– Sri V Ramaswamy
V Ramaswamy’s compositions were tuned to carnatic ragas by Chennai Violinist Mullaivasal Chandramouliji and sung by his troupe. His son Sri Padmanab Sridhar funded the project to bring out the CD.
Sunaada Radio thanks Sri V Ramaswamy and Sri Padmanab Sridhar for sharing the wonderful compositions on Ambal Neelayadakshi with all our listeners.
My father, Veena L Raja Rao was a man of multi-dimensional achievements. The more I study my Father’s life and works, the more I am in awe of the range and depth of his creativity. From a very early age, he had begun to evole not just as a visionary but a pioneer as well. As a visionary, he had promoted Kannada Sangeeta and in this effort, he set to tune and published notations for the rich lyrics of Haridasas and Shivasharanas. As a pioneer, he saw a need for Sangeeta Shastra texts in Kannada language, and took the initiative to write and publish text books.
I have attempted here to briefly highlight the multiple areas in which Raja Rao’s creativity had flourished.
– Sreenivasa Rajarao
Mysore L. Raja Rao belonged to a lineage of vainika-s patronised by the Odeyar dynasty. Raja Rao’s Father Veene Lakshminaranappa (1878 – 1934), also recognized as Bhairavi Lakshminaranappa, was a Fourth generation vainika, gayaka and a vaggeyakara.
In his earlier years, Raja Rao was a consummate vainika and a gayaka. As a vocalist, he was highly influenced by Tiger Varadachar. However, Mysore Vasudevacharya was his idol, and young Raja Rao had accompanied the master in many performances.
Beginning in the 1930s, Raja Rao and younger brother Gopala Rao, performing together had achieved fame as Mysore Brothers. They had performed frequently in Madras, Trichy, Poona, Bombay and other places and were featured in over a hundred radio broadcasts. It was during this time (approx. 1937) that Columbia Records brought out a Gramophone Record – the brothers have rendered Mysore Vasudevacharya’s pranatarthi haramahm in Junjhoti raga.
In the year 1934, highly impressed by Raja Rao’s renditions of Mysore Vasudevachaya’s compositions, Mr. M. V. Raghavan, Accountant General of Madras, sponsored Raja Rao on a concert tour lasting Three months, mainly with the objective of popularising Vasudevachaya’s compositions in Tamil Nadu. The highlights of this tour were the concert in Vellore (December 9, 1934) and the concert at Madras Music Academy in December 1934. Also, there were private recitals for Dr. C. V. Raman.
Raja Rao had begun his phase as a vaggeyakara as early as 1935 when he was about 26 years of age. Most of his compositions are time stamped between 1935 and 1942. His earlier compositions are all in Telugu. However, it appears his Kannada pride and a vision of Kannada Sangeeta seem to have emerged during this phase, and many kritis have been composed in Kannada. His ankita was Purushottama.
Raja Rao has composed 4 swarajatis, 5 varnas, 43 kritis and 3 tillanas.
Raja Rao’s compositions in the following ragas appear to be unique.
kApAdave in raga Chamundi sung by Smt.Nagamani Srinath
He had also composed in uncommon ragas like Nada Brahma, Bhuvana
Gandhari, Hemavati, Shankara Priya and Pashupati Priya.
In documenting the history of Carnatic music in Karnataka, Raja Rao’s contributions stand out in two main areas – First, his sincere attempts in promoting Kannada Sangeeta, in the form of his pioneering work of setting musical notations to hundreds of compositions of Haridasas and Shivasharanas, and secondly, during a time when Sangeeta Shastra text books in Kannada language were unavailable, Raja Rao took it upon himself to write, and to publish text books in Kannada.
Raja Rao conducted classes at Kannada Sahitya Parishat to teach Kannada compositions and he also gave full-length performances featuring exclusively Kannada compositions.
Kannada Sahitya Parishat published the following books of Raja Rao
Haridasara Kritigalu was published as early as 1942.
Shiva Sharanara Kritigalu was published in 1952
Haridasa Kriti Manjari was published in 1955
Basaveshwara Vachana Gana Manjari was published in 1970.
Celebrated Kannada poet D. V. Gundappa sought Raja Rao’s help to set musical notations to his classic work “Antahpura Geetegalu” published in 1950.
It was interesting for me to discover that Raja Rao had also set Jaina Bhaktigeete into Karnatic tunes.
Recognising the lack of texts pertaining to Sangeeta Shastra in Kannada language,
Raja Rao had taken the initiative to correct this situation. He authored and published
Sangeeta Shastra Saara in 1962
Sangeeta Shastra Chandrike in 1965.
These two pioneering books are, to this day, much sought after, and are seeing reprints on a regular basis.
Bangalore University published another pioneer work Bharatiya Sangeeta Vaadyagalu, a treatise on musical instruments of India (1969). This book has been reprinted in 2009.
Guru – a model teacher
Multifaceted talent as he was, Raja Rao had evolved into a performing artiste who was a musicologist as well. His mastery over the lakshya and lakshana aspects of music was put into good use with the authoring of text books and teaching.
Over the years, Raja Rao had groomed numerous dedicated disciples. First generation of disciples were Ratnagiri Subbashastri, T N Ramachandra Rao, B R Anantha Ramaiah (all violinists); Krishnamurthy and younger Brother L Seshagiri Rao (Veena), C V NagaRaj (vocal and violin), Kolattur RamaKrishna Shastry, C K ShankaraNarayana Rao and Gopinatha Dasaru and Jayasimha Dasaru, founders of Prabhat Kalavidaru.
Second generation of disciples included Malathi, Shyamala Rathnam, Jaya Doreswamy, Vasantha Venugopal and Rajamani NagarajaRao.
From among the next generation, daughter Veena Kinhal (now settled in California), Vijaya Prabhakar (Arizona) and Suma Sudhindra are notable Veena Vidushis.
Raja Rao was invited to set up the music department at A P S College in Bangalore (1957) where he trained hundreds of students. T S Vasantha Madhavi, T S Vasundhara, T S Satyavati and Tara Krishnamurthy, to name a few, belong to this group.
An actor, an author and a speaker
Any biography of Raja Rao would be incomplete without mentioning Raja Rao, the actor in the role of Bheema in the famed play GadaYuddha (United artists, 1952). Writer C K Nagaraja Rao had played the role of Duryodhana. Raja Rao acted in several other plays and also composed background music for these plays.
Raja Rao was a highly respected speaker and was featured regularly in musical discussions, lecture demonstrations and music conferences across the state.
Gamaka kale was another area where Raja Rao had made significant contribution.
India Book House had published two biographies authored by Raja Rao:
Bhairavi Lakshminaranappa Published in 1975
Mysore Sadashivarayaru Published in 1977
The above books have been reprinted in 2009.
Awards and Recognitions
In the year 1974, Raja Rao was chosen President for the Fourth Music Conference of Karnataka GanaKala Parishat.
In the year 1979, Raja Rao was chosen President for the state level music conference organized by Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy.
Raja Rao was entrusted a special project to teach Carnatic music to a batch of American university students who came to Bangalore in the early 1970s.
Raja Rao passed away on November 28th, 1979 in Bangalore, concluding a life that was rich in creative explorations of music and fine arts.
Listen to Sri Veene L Raja Rao’s compositions in nAdalahari, vAdya vAividhya,,nAdasudha on Sunaada Radio.
Sunaada Radio is grateful to Sri Sreenivas RajaRao and RajaRao foundation for generously sharing albums of his compositions for the benefit of all rasikas. Please contact rajaraofoundation AT gmail DOT com for audio albums.
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.