When I was 18, I won the Sangeetha Shri title from RR Sabha (Trichy) after a grueling 3-day competition with advanced manodharma. The uncompromising judges had not been satisfied enough to award this title to any contestants in preceding years’ competitions – and I felt blessed to receive it from such an uncompromising panel!At 22, I was awarded an AIR A-grade as a rare double-promotion when I applied for a B-High. These unexpected windfalls bolstered my belief – and concretised my dreams, of performing.
Simultaneously, I was fascinated by scholars of the caliber of Prof N Ramanathan, who has been an academic role model for me. So I did an MA in music (where I was blessed with the Gold Medal of the Madras University), and followed it up with a PhD in Sanskrit and Musicology – interpreting musicological manuscripts from 2 BCE to 1600 CE. I also learned Telugu and taught at the SV College of Music and Dance (Tirupati) – where Telugu is the medium of instruction.
I got married soon after completing my PhD, and became a member of one more family, that is equally supportive of my music. My husband is a student of Hindustani music, and my mother-in-law is also trained, in the lineage of Sri Mysore Vasudevacharya.
After marriage, I quit my job at Tirupati, and shifted back to Chennai and decided to focus on a career in performance. The response has, ever since, been overwhelming! I was blessed to receive the ‘OutstandingVocalist’award in the junior category at the prestigious Music Academy (Annual Music Conference in December 2014), and was promoted to the sub-senior category after my performance at the next edition of the Conference.
I am now settled in Chennai, splitting my time between performance, research, teaching and writing. I have also been working on special, off-beat projects in Carnatic music.
A Doctor’s biggest satisfaction is to see happiness in the lives of people that she has helped heal. An engineer’s satisfaction, is when people get connected through the bridges she engineers and builds. Likewise, my job satisfaction as a musician, is when I am able to share a small glimpse of the joy of music – whatever little I am able to convey in my renditions – with music-lovers and rasikas.
Thank you for visiting my website. If you have the time for it, please do watch the videos, look through the special projects, browse through my writings – whatever you might feel interested in – and please feel free to drop me a line!