Karaikudi R.Mani is one
of the cultural ambassadors of India, as a Mridangam player and an innovator in the field
of Rhythm in South Indian Classic music.
Mani was born on 11/09/1945 at Karaikudi to Sri.T.Ramanatha Iyer and Smt.Pattammal.
Mani had his initial training in Mridangam under Karaikudi Sri.Rangu Iyengar and later under Sri. T.R.Harihara Sharma and Sri.K.M.Vaidyanathan
Mani received his first award when he was 18,at
National level from Dr.Radhakrishnan, the President of India.Mani who has been keeping
himself away from various awards,titles etc,which came on his way from 1963.From when he
won his first award he accepted now the "SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY" NATIONAL
AWARD for 1998.
By his total dedication and involvement in the art a new dimension emerged in Mridangam playing through Mani which later came to be known as Karaikudi R.Mani style (BANI) which has become so acclaimed and attractive that even artists and students belonging to other school have started adopting this style.
Mani has under him directly,around 1200 disciples all over the world.
SRUTHILAYA a novel percussion ensemble founded by mani, has been
giving Performances all over the globe. This is a troupe Consisting of top ranking
artistes in percussion instruments of india with Mridangam in the forefront collaborating
with similar artists of the Australian Art Orchestra in the Jazz form, headed by MR.PAUL
GROBOWSKY, Australia and with MR.EEROHAMEENNIEMI of Nada,Finland.
SRUTHI LAYA SEVA TRUST AND SRUTHI LAYA KENDRA founded by Mani, a premier institution dedicated exclusively for the cause of Music and musicians,first of its kind to be run by a percussionist,is now having sub-centers all over the globe i.e in 4 cities in India (Chennai,Mysore,Chalakudi and Hyderabad),Australia,U.K and Germany.
LAYAMANI LAYAM, a bi-monthly magazine on music and Dance of which Mani is the Chief Editor,is having an international circulation. Mani was the pioneer in projecting Mridangam as capable of recognition as a main instrument on the dais,by successfully staging solo concerts. Mani has played in concerts to all the leading musicians of South India. Mani has innovated a new dimension of presenting Rhythm in a visual form on the dais through Bharathanatyam.
He has founded an institution named "SRUTHI LAYA KENDRA NATARAJAALAYA" with Smt Rajeswari Sainath a Niece of Karaikudi R.Mani a leading Bharathanatyam exponent as its Director which prodeces ensembles bringing Melody, Rhythm and Dance together.
Mani has still on the mission with multiplied determination and enthusiasm, of propagating the value of Rhythm in music and the role of Mridangam in Rhythm.
"I do not have the slightest doubt that she is one of the top most choreographers in india" . This is what the critic king in the South Indian classical Music field, Sri SUBBUDU has opined about Smt. Rajeswari Sainath. He further states "Rajeswari is a choreographic genius".
Rajeswari is a double graduate i.e Commerce and law
Rajeswari Sainath the dynamic and versatile dancer has carved a niche for herself in the field of Indian Classical dances and has emerged a brilliant dancer with an "imaginative splendor that goes beyond mere technique". A superb stage presence, refined artistic sensibilities and a passionate representation of the tradition has made Rajeswari a true exponent of thePandanallur tradition of Bharathanatyam.
She has received training in Bharathanatyam under KALAIMAMANI Smt. Indira Rajan of chennai. Further she had advanced training in Laya under her Maternal Uncle and Renowned Mridangam Vidwan Sri.Karaikudi R.Mani. She has performed in important centers of India and abroad. She has choreographed more than 15 dance ballets.
Rajeswari is the Director of SRUTHI LAYA KENDRA NATARAJAALAYA as conceived by Sri.KARAIKUDI R.MANI and the institution has got centres in Chennai,Mysore, Australia, London and Germany. Rajeswari has conducted a number of lecture demonstrations and slide shows in India and abroad.
She has conducted seminars for 200 teachers from all over India under the auspices of HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, GOVT. OF INDIA. She had presented a paper on the stylisation of Dance and Literature for the M.Phil., students of Telugu University, Hyderabad.
Some of the awards she received are MOST TALENTED DANCER of the
year (1978-79) award by the Andhra Pradesh Sangeeth Nrithya And Nataka Academy, NATYAKALA TAPASWINI, TURLAPATI KRISHNA
KUMARI BEST STATE DANCER, NRITYA KALA CHOODAMANI Rajeswari along with her
students performed in the "TRISHAKTHI"
in London and Australia in 1999, under the auspicious of SRUTHI LAYA KENDRA of the
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