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Balamuralikrishna
  Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna

Padmabhushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna is a Carnatic vocalist. Born on July 6, 1930 at Sankaraguptam village in Rajolu Taluk in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, he inherited the musical traits of his parents .His father Mangalampalli Pattabhiramayya was a famous flutist and a music teacher and mother Suryakanthama was a veena artiste. His father put him under the guidance of Parupalli Ramakrishnayya Pantul under whom he reached the heights of fame in the field of Carnatic music.

Balamurali Krishna gave his first performance at the age of eight at the Sadguru Arandhana Utsava at Vijayawada. Besides being a versatile
 
singer, he is a master in playing the Mridangam and the violin.

Dr.Balamurali Krishna has enriched Carnatic music with his compositions and created new ragas like Mahati, Sumukham, Trisakthi, Sarvashri, Omkari, Janasamodini, Manorama, Rohini, Vallabhi, Lavangi, Pratimadhyamavathi, Sushama, etc. Dr.Balamurali Krishna has also proved his talent as a playback singer, music director and actor in several languages. He has more than 91 albums released till date. He has bagged many titles and awards like 'Gana Sudhakara', 'Gayaka Sikhamani', 'Sur Singar', 'Geeta Kala Bharati', Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 'Sangeetha Kalanidhi', Padmashri and Padma Vibushan. He was given the title of Sangeetha Kalanidhi in the year 1978. He was chosen as the 'Wisdom Man of the Year in 1992'. He was awarded honorary PhD and D. Litt degrees by various universities.

The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh honored him with the 'Atma Gauravam' award in 1997. He is a Honarary citizen of Vijayawada and has a road named after him .He is a state musician in the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and is the 'Asthana Vidwan' of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, Sringeri Peetam and Anjenaya Swami Temple, Nanganallur. He founded the "Academy of Performing Arts and Research" in Switzerland and is also working on music therapy. He established the 'MBK Trust' with the objective of developing art and culture and for carrying out extensive research into in music therapy.
 
   
   
Subbulakshmi
  M.S Subbulakshmi

M.S Subbulakshmi is a name that is synonymous with the world of Carnatic music. This flawless singer whose voice had a divine power is the first singer in India to be presented with the Bharat Ratna, the highest award given to any civilian. Born on 16th September, 1916 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, this singer had a family that had a musical background. Her full name was Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi and she was fondly known as M.S or M.S.S. Her mother tongue was Kannada.

M.S also did her stint as an actress and one of the most memorable films was Bhakta Meera (1945). The versatile singer sang all famous Meera bhajans in her melodious voice and these bhajans are enjoyed by people
 
even today. Her other films include Sevasadanam, Savitri and Meera (Tamil). She attained much acclaim and success in films, but they did not appeal to her after some time. She quit films and continued to give public performances and concerts.

M S Subbulakshmi has performed in London (Royal Albert Hall), New York (Carnegie Hall), Canada, Far East, Moscow, etc. These performances are regarded among her best performances. She was applauded by not just Indians, but foreigners as well. People who did not even understand the language she was singing in said that she is a divine manifestation. Her fan list included Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, among other elite people. Mahatma Gandhi commented that he would rather hear Subbulakshmi speak the songs rather than hear someone else sing it.
 
   
   
Gopalakrishnan
  Dr.T.V.Gopalakrishnan

Born at Trippunithura (Kerala, India), in a family of more than 200 years of musical heritage who adorned the courts of Royalties, Trippunithura Viswanathan Gopalkrishnan (TVG) learnt the complexities of this inimitable music from his father, Sri.Viswanatha Bhagavathar, a great exponent of Carnatic music who was a direct disciple of Palghat Sri.Anantharama Bhagavathar.

Even before the age of five, TVG was initiated to the great traditionand heritage handed down by Coimbatore Raghava Iyer, Mahavaidyanatha Iyer, Chakrathanam Subba Iyer (great grandfather of Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar) and Palghat Anantharama Bhagavathar. His Uncle
 
Sri.Narayanaswamy Iyer taught him Mridangam too.

He was a little Maestro even at the age of six when he gave his maiden concert before the Last Viceroy of India, Lord Linlithgow.
 
   
   
Sankaranarayanan
  Sri.T.V.Sankaranarayanan

Padmabushan and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri T.V.Sankaranarayanan (TVS) was in great form singing for the Thyagaraja-Purandaradasa Aaradhana festival of the Girinagara Sangeetha Sabha in Bangalore on Sunday evening (February 24, 2008). It was a small crowd as crowds go for a TVS concert but that didn't deter the artiste and his son Sankaran Mahadevan (who gave vocal support) from providing a veritable feast of memorable music that will be cherished for long by listeners.

TVS began with the crisp Thyagaraja composition "Sri Raghukula" in Hamsadwani and sang it with the usual verve. As is his wont, he carved out delectable swara patterns, enriching the scope and content of theme for the
 
listener. Son Sankaran Mahadevan came into his own, lending vocal support especially in the next kriti of Thyagaraja "Rama Bakthi Samrajya" in raga Suddha Bangala. Perhaps for the first time in many years, such elaborate, lilting kalpana swara patterns were effortlessly created for this song in tandem by the father and son duo. What made the rendering truly enjoyable was the alert and pleasing violin support by Bangalore-based young violinist B.K.Raghu. He showed his gifted-talent in abundant measure throughout the concert.  
   
   
Madurai TN Seshagopalan
  Sri. Madurai TN Seshagopalan

TN Seshagopalan a legend of all proportions has been a hallmark in carnatic music well over 50 years now. His contributions to the world of carnatic music have made him an international celebrity. Whether it is his compositions, unique talents in Harikatha, ability to just lift his concerts to another world or his mesmerizing ideas that are just so fresh and exclusive to none other than himself, Shri Seshagopalan is undoubtedly a genius of a multiple calibers. In 2006, Shri. Seshagopalan sir received the prestigious Sangeetha Kalanidhi Award from the Music Academy-Chennai. This award well deserved nonetheless, is but a mere representation of Shir. TNS’ greatness. He has also received the Kalaimamani Award from the Tamil Nadu Government, The President’s Award from the Sangeet Natak
 
Academy (The Central Government of India), and the prestigious Padma Bushan Award, all in addition to so many more respectable titles and awards.  
   
   
Srikantan
  Sri.R.K.Srikantan

Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri R.K. Srikantan was born in 1920 to a distinguished traditional family of musicians of Rudrapatnam in Hassan District in Karnataka which is situated on the banks of river Cauvery. He is the youngest son of late Sri Krishnasastry who was a great scholar in Sanskrit and Kannada, a noted poet, a versatile artist and also a Harikatha vidwan. His grandfather Sri Narayanappa of Bettadapura was also a great musician and a close friend of Sri Veena Seshanna of Mysore. After taking lessons of music from his father at a tender age and later from his illustrious brother Sri R.K.Venkataramasastry - a leading violinist and a disciple of T.Chowdaiah - he came under the influence of all leading musicians of yore from the south.
 

The noteworthy features of Sri Srikantan's music are his sruthi suddham, clear cut pronunciation of the sahityam and his bhava-laden krithi renditions.

He has been particularly instrumental in popularizing the Devaranamas of all Haridasas especially Purandaradasa. The point to note here is his strict adherence to the rakthi ragas - the ragas which are the life and soul of Carnatic Music. All the Devaranamas tuned by him are in the time honored ragas like Todi, Bhairavi, Mohana, Kalyani, Dhanyasi, etc. Sri Srikantan belongs to the shishya parampara of Thyagaraja himself.
 
   
Nithyashree Mahadevan
  Nithyashree Mahadevan

Dr. Nithyasree Mahadevan, (born August 25, 1973) also previously referred to as S. Nithyashri, is an eminent Carnatic musician andplayback singer for film songs in many Indian languages. Nithyasree's paternal grandmother, D. K. Pattammal, and her granduncle, D. K. Jayaraman, were prominent Carnatic vocalists who were established disciples of Ambi Dikshithar, Papanasam Sivan, Muthiah Bhagavathar, and others. Nithyasree's maternal grandfather was the prominent mridangam maestro, Palghat Mani Iyer.

Nithyashree has performed in all major sabhas in India and has presented her concerts in many destinations around the world. She has received multiple awards and honours, and has released more than 100 commercial
 
albums.

Nithyashree's maiden performance was titled 'best concert of the series'. She is an A.I.R. Prize Winner (1990) and has been an 'A' grade artist. She has been awarded the "Yuva Kala Bharathi" title by Bharath Kalachar in 1994, "Innisai Maamani" by Tamil Nadu Welfare Association, "Kalaimamani" by Hamsadhwani in 2000,[4] "Isai Paeroli" by Kartik Fine Arts in 2001,[5] and various other prestigious awards such as ", "Padma Sadhana" (2004), and "Naada Kovida" (2006).[6][7] She has received "Best Concert Award" from The Music Academyduring the music festivals a couple of times and has also performed for the "Sangeeth Natak Academy" twice in their International Music Festivals in Bombay and Hyderabad. She has also received the "Best Promising Artiste" from "Mohanam" Music Club, and made a thematic album of compositions popularising the raga Mohanam. She was awarded a doctorate degree from Sathyabama university of Jeppiar in Chennai in late 2007.
 
   
Sudha Ragunathan
  Sudha Ragunathan

Sudha’s voice of gold enthralls her listeners from all over the globe. There is tantalizing mystery behind that cherubic smile. Her deep relish for tradition and mystical old-world charm is supremely addictive. Her foundation in the world of music was laid at a very young age and it was her mother Smt. Choodamani who groomed her, after which she came under the tutelage of Vidwan Sri. B.V. Lakshman.

In 1977, Sudha won a Central Government scholarship that gave her the opportunity to come under the wings of Padmavibushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. M.L. Vasanthakumari, hailed by many as a musical genius, a doyen of Carnatic music. From this point on; there was no turning back.
 
Sudha had the golden opportunity to provide vocal support to MLV for about a decade Of MLV, (as she was affectionately called by all) Sudha often said “Music was only one of the few things she taught me. She taught me how to live life to its fullest.” Sudha, with a touch of nostalgia, vividly recalls how while singing an Ashtapathi in ragamalika, there would come a sangathi in Yaman Kalyani at a higher octave. Spontaneously, MLV would stop and allow Sudha to take over. “She was such a generous person on stage….in some sense it also reflected how she was in life as well.” From 1990, Sudha’s rise was phenomenal, and following her Guru’s demise, she has been considered as MLV’s vaarisu…..  
   
 
 
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