Artists

Aravind Bhargav

Aravind Bhargav

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.

 

 Aravind Bhargav

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Aravind Bhargav did his Arangetram, under the auspices of ‘Shrinivas Institute Of World Musique’ (SIOWM) at Vani Mahal on 6th Sep 2008. Aravind did his 1st full length concert for SICA of Hyderabad, on 26th June 2009, which fetched him instant recognition and appreciation alike, from all quarters. Trying to play melodiously, sensitively and energetically are the special features of Aravind. The appreciation and rapport, that he shares with his accompanying artists, adds to his appeal.

Achievements:
  • 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.
On behalf of all our listeners, we thank Sri Aravind Bhargav from the bottom of our heart for sharing his wonderful music with us.

Kamala Thiagarajan

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

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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.

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