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.