Gana Kala Saraswathi for Vidya Kalyanaraman, Ramakrishnan Murthy
By Special Correspondent
Last Updated: 15-04-2022 10:36PM
Sangeetha Sabha in Chennai has honoured upcoming Carnatic vocalist Vidya
Kalayanaraman with 'Gana Kala Saraswathi' award for the year 2019. She was
given away the award at a function here on Friday. The award function was
followed by her vocal concert.
“It's an added joy and blessing to have been
chosen for this award in the same year where my beloved guru Suguna Varadachari
has been honoured with 'Sangeetha Acharya Shiromani'. My heartfelt gratitude to
each and every one of you who has been supporting me through this journey and I
look forward to your continued love and support always,” Vidya Kalayanaraman said
in a social media posting. Another young Carnatic vocalist Ramakrishnan Murthy
will be honoured with 'Gana Kala Saraswathi' award for 2020. The year 2020
award will be given at a function on April 23.
The Carnatic music concert stage is now slowly opening after the
Pandemic. Covid-19 virtually saw no live concerts for the last couple of years.
Things are beginning to return to normal after Covid-induced restrictions have
almost been removed. Vidya Kalyanaraman comes from a middle
class family. She started learning from Padma Sandilyan at the age of six. In
2005, she came under the tutelage of Suguna Varadachari. Ramakrishnan Murthy
graduated from University of California. He moved to Chennai in 2011 to pursue Carnatic
music. His first guru was Padma Kutty. Later, he got advanced training from
violinist Delhi P. Sunder Rajan. He also learnt from
Lakshminarayanan, CR Vaidyanathan, Vaikom Jayachandran and Chengleput
Ranganathan. In Chennai, he began to learn from R. K. Shriramkumar under whose
tutelage Ramakrishnan Murthy blossomed as a musician and also as a performing artist.