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.
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.
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.
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Veena Kinhal represents the Sixth generation of an eminent family of vainikas (veena players) from Mysore. Her Father and Guru, Mysore L Raja Rao (1909 – 1979) was foremost among vainika-s of his generation. Her grandfather “Bhairavi” Lakshminaranappa (1878 – 1934) was a court musician in the Mysore palace during the time of Nalvadi Krishnaraja Odeyar.
Veena was only five years old when she began her intensive training in both vocal and veena from her Father. She performed her first full-length concert at the age of ten, and was hailed as a child prodigy in Karnataka.
At age 14, she received 1st place in the Veene Sheshanna Memorial Competition and was awarded a veena, presented to her by V.V. Giri, Vice-President of India. In the year 1970, Veena was recipient of a Gold Medal in music from Bangalore University. In the same year, she completed Vidvat- proficiency level examination with a 1st rank.
Listen to Veene RajaRao’s swarajati in Hamsanandi played by Veena Kinhal.
Veena has continued her association with karnatic music even after moving to the United States in 1973.
She is now based in San Diego, California where she has continued to teach and perform.
Sunaada Radio is grateful to Sri Sreenivas RajaRao and RajaRao foundation for generously sharing her albums for the benefit of all rasikas.
Please contact rajaraofoundation AT gmail DOT com for Veena’s audio albums.
Born on 9.12.1922 in Palamarneri,Tanjore district, Smt. Kamala Thiagarajan was the great grand daughter of Nemam Natesa Bhagavathar, a disciple of Tyagaraja. She had her first lessons in music from her mother, Lakshmi who was a disciple of Wallajapet Venkataramana Bhagavathar and in veena from Veerayya followed then from Devakottai Narayana Iyengar.
She had the privilege to attend the veena recitals of Veena Dhanammal in Linghi Chetti street, George town. She became a student of Sesha Iyengar, along with V.V.Satagopan. She had the guidance of masters of music of her time, including Maharajapuram Viswanatha iyer, Kunnakkudi Venkatarama iyer, GNB, and MSS.
Later in life she learnt music from Madurai Mani Iyer for over a year. In Calcutta she came under A. T. Kanan for over a couple of years in Hindustani music. She took a diploma in Indian music from the University of Madras under Vidwan Ponnaiya Pillai.
Listen to her melodious and soulful rendition of Dikshitar’s hariyuvatIm haimavatIm
She was a casual artist on veena and broadcast programmes from 1934 from the corporation of madras and then the All India radio for over 6 decades when in 1996 she quit as an A grade artist. She gave concerts in Chennai including some under the auspices of Ial Isai Sangam of Tamil Nadu in 1967and in Calcutta including Tansen Sangeet Sammelan.
She was awarded the Veena Danammal memorial medal, Music Academy and a medal by the Indian Fine Arts society for best veena player in January 1954.
She was a resident of mylapore for over 60 years and she lived along with her sister Dr. Miss R. Ambujam in Alamelumangapuram, Mylapore. On the demise of Dr. Ambujam in 2005, she shifted to Appu st Second lane for a short time. Finally she moved to a senior citizens home in SSM Residency in Perungalattur, a suburb of Chennai where she breathed her last on 11.10.08.
On behalf of all rasikas, Sunaada Radio thanks Sri Rathakrishna Thiagarajan, husband of Late Smt. Kamala Thiagarajan for generously sharing her concert recordings and permitting to broadcast the same.
Hope you enjoy the music of Smt. Kamala Thiagarajan.