The reputed Carnatic Music
Smt Vedavalli being awarded the President's award by former President of India, Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma
Shrimati Vedavalli is a performer, teacher, and researcher par excellence. She is a fund of information, and an uncompromising adherent to tradition, with impeccable lineage.
Browse these pages to know more about the sampradaya of music, and Vedavalli the performer, the guru, the mother, and the researcher.
A brief bio-profile
Born in Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu to Shri Ramaswami Iyengar and Padmasani Ammal. Her talent for music was identified early by Sangita Kalanidhi Srirangam Iyengar, who bought the five-year-old a harmonium and got her started on vocal lessons. The family shifted to Madras in a few years' time, and Vedavalli came under the tutelage of Sangita Kalanidhi Mudicondan Venkatarama Iyer. From early in life, Vedavalli won several awards and prizes in prestigious competitions including All India Radio's first prizes for Classical Music and Light Classical Music, awarded by the President of India.
She was a Central Government scholarship awardee and thus specialised in Padams and Javalis with Shmt Mukta, in Pallavi with Shri Mudicondan himself. Although she had been giving performances since childhood, it was Shri Ariyakudi who advised her to turn 'professional' when he heard her sing as a 18-year old. Since then, there has been no looking back for this gifted performer, who is today an 'A-top' graded artiste. She has travelled the length and breadth of India, giving concerts and lecture-demonstrations, as also North America, South-East Asia and Far East, and the Gulf.
Shmt Vedavalli served in the Teachers' College of Music of the Madras Music Academy for several years, before becoming Professor of Vocal Music in the Government College of Music, Adyar. She has thus shared her deep knowledge and extensive repertoire with numerous students at these institutions, apart from training some privately. Among her disciples today are accomplished performers, researchers, teachers and writers.
Shmt Vedavalli is also an expert veena player, and has good command of Sanskrit, Telugu and Kannada, apart from her mother tongue Tamil, which helps her sing with artha bhava.
Shmt Vedavalli lives in Chennai with
Shri D R Santhanam and daughter Kum Sushruti.
prizes & Releases
Here's a bird's eye view of accolades won by Shmt RV, and of the papers she has presented
Titles, Awards and Accolades
|1955||Presented the "A.I.R Sangit Sammelan Award" in the All India Music Competition (Classical) by the First President of India Sri Babu Rajendra Prasad|
|1957-60||Awarded Government of India Cultural Scholarship to specialise in advanced music under Sri Mudicondan Venkataramier|
|1966||Adjudged the "Best Junior Lady Vocalist" by the Music Academy in its December Music festival|
||Awarded a special scholarship by the Music Academy for specialising in rare kritis of Sri Muthuswamy Dikhshitar, under Kallidaikurichi Sri Mahadeva Bhagavatar|
|1977||Presented the "Best Deserving Senior Lady Vocalist" award at the Music Academy, Madras|
|1987||Adjudged the "Best Senior Vocalist" by the Music Academy, Madras at its December festival|
|1993||First recipient of gold medal endowed in memory of Sri Vinjimuri Varadaraja Iyengar, presented to a senior vocalist for singing the "Best Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi"|
|1996||Best Musician Award of the Sangit Natak Academy presented by the President of India|
|1998||Titles from Lalita Kala Vedika and Sundaraja Trust, Chennai|
Papers, Articles and
Select List Of Papers And Features Presented by Vidushi R Vedavalli
|Nal Oru Ragam||Exposition on thirty ragas broadcast over All India Radio, Coimbatore presented as one raga a day|
|Adi Sankara||Musical feature produced for and broadcast by All India Radio, Madras|
|Nauka Charitram of Sri Tyagaraja||Musical Opera produced for All India Radio, Madras|
|Skandapuranam||Lecture-demonstration presented in various sabhas in Madras and subsequently presented in A.I.R as an opera|
|Guru Guho Jayati||Feature on the first compositions of Sri Muthuswamy Dikhshitar, presented in various city sabhas and the A.I.R|
|Venkatamahi and his prabhandas and gitas||Feature presented first at Music Academy, Madras, and later in All India Radio, and adapted extensively by leading Bharata Natyam exponents in recitals|
|Some important landmarks in Carnatic Music||Paper published in the journal of the Music Academy, Madras|
|Utsava Sampradaya kritis of Sri Tyagaraja||Lecture-demonstration presented widely|
|Evolution of ragas in general, and Todi in particular||Lecture-demonstration presented in sabhas and also published as a paper|
|Ragas in Carnatic Music||Lecture-demonstration presented in sabhas|
|Nava Vidha Bhakti||Lecture-demonstration presented in sabhas|
|Nava Rasa Rama||Lecture-demonstration presented in sabhas|
|Sri Tyagaraja and Ambal||Paper presented in sabha souvenir|
|Sri Purandaradasa||Lecture-demonstration and paper presented|
|Sri Tyagaraja and Todi||Lecture-demonstration presented in sabhas|
|Padams and Javalis||Lecture-demonstration and paper presented|
|Evolution of Indian Music and ragas from ancient times||Paper presented in annual journal of Vivekananda kendra|
|Musical traditions of India||Lecture-demonstration presented in sabhas|
|Tillana- its technical evolution in Music||Lecture-demonstration presented in sabhas|
|Pre-trinity compositions||Lecture-demonstration and paper presented|
|Sollin Selvan - 1 hour feature on Anjaneya||Feature presented on All India Radio, Chennai|
|Nachiyar Tirumozhi||18-part programme presented at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai|
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