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Having been under the direct tutelage of Ramnad Krishnan and having many more maestros enrich her art, she belongs to an exclusive and elite group of musicians who have held center stage in the field of Carnatic music for over three decades. She is an astute grammarian with deep insight into the facets of the enthralling and enhancing medium of music. She has enriched the field by her numerous compositions, by providing ever-new nuances to the traditional compositions of yester years and by training a whole new generation of artistes. Nagamani has a sterling academic record with a galore of gold medals and scholarships. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards and citations including the “Rajyotsava Award”- the highest award for the state of Karnataka. Nagamani is presently working as Professor and Head of the department of Music, Maharani's Arts College, Bangalore University.
(information from Nagamani Srinath's website).

MYSORE M.NAGARAJ - VIOLINIST...............................(b.1930)
Eldest son of S.Mahadevappa, a violinist, Nagaraj was musically talented even as a boy and made his appearnace on the stage at the age of eleven. Since then his rise to artistic heights has been phenomenal. Has a charming style and is giving accompaniment to prominent artistes and giving solo concerts also. A popular violinist, he is Staff Artiste of the All India Radio, Mysore.

P.S.NARAYANASWAMY - VOCALIST.............(b.February 24, 1934)
Hails from Konerirajapuram, the village of the illustrious vocalist Vaidyanatha Ayyar. Son of Dr. Subramania Ayyar, a popular physician, Narayanaswami had his initial musical training under Tirupambaram Somasundaram Pillai, nagaswaram vidwan and Mudicondan Mani Ayyar and then under Sangita Kalanidhi Mudicondan Venkatrama Ayyar. In 1953, he went over to trivandrum for a decade of gurukulavasa with Sangita Kalanidhi Semmangudi Srinivasa Ayyar.

A traditional vidwan of the Tanjore style, he is noted for his chaste rendering and adherence to values. He has been graded as a Vadya Vrinda (National Orchestra) Conductor and Composer. The purity of his style is no small measure due to his dedicated training under two of the stalwarts of classical Carnatic music.
He is the recipient of the titles :
Bala Gana Ratna, Sangita Sikhamani and Kala Ratna.
An amicable and cultured vidwan who has been accompanied by all great violin and mridangam artistes. He has trained a number of disciples.

Born at Kunnamkulam, Tirchur district, Narendran is an Economics graduate. From the age of seven, he was having training in mridangam successively under K.P.Namboodri, Koduvayur Radhakrishnan and Palghat Raghu, the renowned artiste. After his debut at the age of ten, Narendran, has been having hundreds of concerts on All India Radio, Doordarshan, sabhas, etc. He has pleasing rendition and has a good repertoire. He taught Indian Classical Percussion during 1984-86 at the San Diego State University.

Born in Thiruchirapalli, he learned music from Alathur Venkatesa Ayyar of the celebrated Alathur brothers. He learned Nadaswaram from Illupur Natesa Pillai and learned Clarionet from his father Shri A.K.Chinnakrishnan. Natarajan made his debut in 1946.

With his training in Nadaswaram, Clarionet and music from a celebrated vidwan, he has proved his ability to give classical exposition on the non pliable clarionet.

A.K.C.Natarajan received many awards - "Clarionet Chakravarthi" from the Maharaja of Mysore in 1969; "Isai Perarignar" from the Tamil Isai Sangham of Chennai in 1988; Asthana vidwan of Dharmapuram, Tiruvavaduthurai and Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.

Born on 25th August 1973, Nithyashree hails from a family of eminent musicians. She is the grand daughter of the great exponent of Carnatic music, Smt D.K.Pattammal on the paternal side and the Great Mridangam Maestro Palghat Shri T.S.Mani Iyer on the maternal side. She had her training in Carnatic vocal under the able tutelage of her mother Smt Lalitha Sivakumar and also from Smt D.K.Pattammal.

She started giving public vocal concert from the year 1987 and never looked back. She is an 'A' grade artiste of AIR, Chennai. She has won many prizes while in school and college. She is a graduate in commerce and is the recipient of the national Merit Scholarship instituted by the Government of India.
Nithyashree has received many awards like 'Yuva Kala Bharathi' from Bharat Kalachar, 'Innisai Mamani' from Tamilnadu Goodwill Welfare Association. .

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