Renowned Carnatic Music Vocalist
O.S.THIAGARAJAN BELONGS TO THE SISHYA PARAMPARA OF SHRI THYAGARAJA SWAMY.
He is disciple of SANGEETHA BOOSHANAM O.V.SUBRAHMANYAM, PADMA VIBHUSHAN LALGUDY G. JAYARAMAN, SANGEETHA KALANIDHI T.M.THIAGARAJAN.
He has been giving a large number of concerts, and is considered one of the eminent artists of his generation. He is regularly featured by all leading sabhas in Chennai as well as throughout India and has been accompanied by top accompanists.
He received lot of awards & Accolades. Below is the list to mention few - PRESIDENTS AWARD FROM CENTRAL SANGEETH NATAK ACADEMY, DELHI, SANGEETHA CHOODAMANI, SANGEETHA KALASAGARA, SANGEETHA SARAGNYA, MADHURA GANA KALA PRAVEENA, NADA BOOSHANAM, SANGEETHA KALASAGARAM, GANA PADMAM, GAYAKA KALANIDHI, VANI KALA SUDHAKARA, SANGEETHA KALA SIROMANI, MUDHRA EXCELLENE AWARD, TAMIL ISAI VENDHAR.
He is Top ranking artist of All India Radio and of Doordarshan.
He has toured many countries, including USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Middle East, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Africa, and many cities in Europe. He worked as Dean and Faculty of Fine Arts at Annamalai University for 5 years. He has trained many disciples who are active on the concert circuit.
Dr. Nithyasree Mahadevan
Renowned Carnatic Music Vocalist
Dr. Nithyasree Mahadevan is a Carnatic musician and playback singer for film songs in many Indian languages. Nithyashree has performed in all major sabhas in India. She has released more than 500 albums. She is best known for her rendition of the A. R. Rahman compositions. Her paternal grandmother, D. K. Pattammal, and her grand-uncle, D. K. Jayaraman, were prominent Carnatic vocalists who were established disciples of Ambi Dikshithar, Papanasam Sivan, Koteeswara Iyer, T.L.Venkataramayyar and others. Her maternal grandfather was the mridangam maestro, Palghat Mani Iyer.
Nithyasree is a Top Rank graded artist of Akashvani, and All India Radio, Chennai.She received the "Best Concert Award" for 6 years from the Madras Music Academy, and won the Kalaimamani award from the Government of Tamil Nadu, who subsequently appointed her as a member in the Expert Committee panel in the "IYAL ISAI NATAKA MANDRAM".
Mullaivasal Dr G. Chandramouli
Mullaivasal Dr G. Chandramouli initially received training from Smt. Savithri Sathyamurthy, and thereafter was groomed under the tutelage of the veteran violinist (Late) Sri R.K.Venkatrama Sastry and violin maestro Sri V.V. Subrahmanyam.
In a career spanning over two decades, Chandramouli extensively accompanies great stalwarts of Carnatic music and performs violin solo concerts across many continents. His titles and awards include:
“Asthana Vidwan” of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, "Dasa Kala Rathna" "Gana Kala Shiromani", “Violin Isai Vendhan”, “Yuva Kala Bharathi”,Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust Awardee, Viswapriya Awardee, Grade-A artiste of both AIR and Doordarshan, and "Outstanding Young Violinist" awardee from The Music Academy, Chennai for senior concerts.
Perfection in bowing technique, bringing out the melodic nuances with purity, and weaving intricate and dexterous laya patterns are among his fortes. This technocrat from IIT-Madras is also a committed music scholar and teacher who has a Ph D in Carnatic Music from Annamalai University. He trains many students from many parts of the world. He also runs a recording studio "Brindavan Audio" in Chennai.
T. H. Subramanyam
T. H . Subramanyam is trained under the tutelage of his father late T.S. Harihara iyer at the age of 4. He started giving violin solo performances at the age of 12. As one of seniormost violinists in kerala, he has accompanied all the senior and leading musicians like T. N. Sheshagopalan, T.V. Sankaranarayanan,T.R.Subramanyam, Yesudas, Dr. N.Ramani, O.S.Tyagarajan R K Srikantan etc etc .And also performed.with well-known accompanying artist on mridangam like Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman,Guruvayur Dorai Dr. T,K. Moorthy , Palakkad R.Raghu, Karaikudi Mani, Vellore Ramabadran Trichy Sankaran etc. He has specialised in different styles such as M.S.G ,Lalgudi, TNK and it is noted in his mesmerising violin solo performances and at the time of accompaniment. He is also specialised in Hindustani music. He also tried to introduce Hindustani ragas like Purya,Madhuvanthi, Shyam kalyan, Basant etc. at the time of rendering Ragam Thanam Pallavi of carnatic music. He has released several cds\cassettes to his credit from manorama music. He has also several awards to his credit, the most recent being the ‘Best Senior Violinist’ confered by the Indian Fine Arts Soceity of Chennai. He also received Maharajapuram Santhanam meritorious award from Maharajapuram Santhanam foundation Chennai and State award of kerala Sangeetha nataka academy. He performed in the national programme of AIR\DDK and also peformed in the Akasvani Sangeetha Sammelan. He is an ‘A’ grade staff artist of AIR since 1991. He has retired from AIR TRISSUR in 2018 as grade 1 Artist.
Kumbakonam R. Ganesh
Renowned Mridangam Player
Kumbakonam R. Ganesh is the foremost Disciple and Son of Laya Pitamaha Kumbakonam Sri M Rajappa Iyer. He inherited from his father, the impeccable style of Mridangam playing technique and the genius of mentoring his disciples in the notable “Rajappa Iyer Bani”. He did his PhD in Queen Mary’ College under the supervision of Prof.Abiramasundari. The subject was “the method of teaching by Kumbakonam Shri.M.Rajappa Iyer”. He is an A Top Grade Artiste in All India Radio and a frequent performer in Doordharshan and private TV Channels. At the tender age of Sixteen, he received “The President of India Award”. He is a recipient of “Senior Fellowship” instituted by the Department of culture - Govt of India and also served as a panelist. Recently K R Ganesh has been awarded Production Grant by the Ministry of Culture for bringing out 12 of the 108 talas.
Sri Kumbakonam S.Sankara Raman
Sri Kumbakonam S.Sankara Raman is a professional and renowned vocalist of Carnatic music. He is a direct disciple of the title holder “Sangeetha Choodamani “Maharajapuram Sri S.Ramachandran, son of a legendary musician, Maharajapuram Sri Santhanam. Currently, a Headmaster of Tamil Nadu Government Music School, he started off his career with the prestigious title “Isaikalaimani”, offered by the Tamil Nadu Govt. Music College, Chennai where he bagged three gold medals in his three year course.
Kalaimamani Kovai Anuradha
Kalaimamani Kovai Anuradha is a famous Tamil drama and Television serial artist. His original name is Radhakrishnan. He was born in Kovai in Tamil Nadu. He was a child artist even in his school days. He made his debut performance when he was just 14 years of age. His debut performance in Doordarshan was in 1979. One of his notable performance is in Chinna Papa Periya Papa. He directed the serial. This was a classic comedy serial accepted through all sections of Tamil society. Another exquisite performance was in Costly Maappillai, which was directed by himself. His famous comedy serial presently running is Viruthinar Pakkam. Mel Maadi Gaali was also one of his noted work for its humor sense.
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Dr. D. Padma Yuvaraj
She is disciple of smt. Alamelu Mohanarangam She is senior violin teacher with Swarkul Academy, USA. She is Ph.D in music from University of Madras and a graded artist of All India Radio Chennai. She has won the prizes from Music Academy for tamil kritis, won the silver medal for Thiruppugazh from the Tamil isai sangam, won the best student award, The Teacher's College of music, Music Academy and received the sekkizhar virudhu from Sekkizhar mandram. She is a regular performer in the Dharumai aadhenam Aranarul vizha.
Dr. S. Pushkalam
She is desciple of Sangeetha kalaa Aacharya Puthur Sri J.Venkatraman sir. She is Ph. D holder in the subject Laya Tala Technics in Varnam from Thiruvaiyaru Music College. She is 8th generation heir of Bramhashree Oothukadu Venkata kavi. She is in the lineage of Bramhashree Needamangalam G.Krishnamoorthy bhagavathar, Nadaswara jothi. Palani Shri S.Lakshmi Narasimmaiyar and Washington Vidhwan Sri S. Soundararajan.