Music

I consider myself a student of music for lifetime.

Music in my life traces back to childhood days, when I was about 5 years old. Since then, I started to train under my grandfather and guru Thirupoonthuruthy Sri V Venkatesan (Carnatic Classical Vocal, 1994 – present).

I consider myself extremely blessed and fortunate to have learnt from Sangita Kala Acharya Late Chingelput Sri Ranganathan (Carnatic Classical Vocal, 2002-2011).

Their teachings have formed strong foundation for music and life. This association led to a rich heritage of innumerable kritis (repertoire) in the authentic Alathur pathantara. I solely credit my fundamental understanding of musical concepts to both of them.

I was also under the tutelage of Parur M S Anantharaman & Akkarai Sri S Swamynathan for a brief period (Carnatic Classical Violin, 1999-2010).

An innate interest for Hindustani Classical form of Music led to an association with Guruji Ustad Ghulam Akbar Khan, who belongs to the Rampur Sahaswan Khayal Gharanafrom whom I learnt Hindustani Classical Vocal (2012 – 2015).

Chennai is considered a land of opportunities for music enthusiasts and several such opportunities paved way for me to learn from several musical stalwarts. At various points in time,  in the form of workshops, lectures, seminars, scholarship programs, I gathered musical experiences from Smt. Rukmani Ramani, Papanasam Sri Ashok Ramani, Trichy Sri J Venkatraman, Sri B Krishnamoorthy, Sri K N Shashikiran, Chitravina Sri N Ravikiran, Sri V V S Murari, Smt. Rama Ravi, Smt. Vedavalli, Smt. R S Jayalakshmi, Smt. Suguna Varadachari, Sri S R Janakiraman, Sri Vijay Siva.

Currently, I learn from dear akka and guru Smt. Sumithra Vasudev (Carnatic Classical Vocal, 2012 – present), who herself is the pradhana sishya of Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli.

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