Gana Kala Saraswathi for Vidya Kalyanaraman, Ramakrishnan Murthy

By Special Correspondent
Chennai: 15-04-2022 10:35PM
Last Updated: 15-04-2022 10:36PM

Perambur 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 Vairamangalam 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.