Shanthi Ashok Kumar
Vidushi Shanthi is a qualified Carnatic Vocal Musician with the title of Gaana Bhooshan and Gaana Praveen from Chembai Govt. College of Music Palghat, Kerala. She completed her music education under the tutorship of Mr. Kedaranathan and Mrs. Meera Kedaranathan, both of whom were prime disciples of Padma Vibhushan Sangeetha Kalaanidhi Semmangudi Shri R. Srinivasa Iyer, the Doyan of Carnatic music.
Since her graduation, Smt. Shanthi has presented her skills to prominent musicians like Sangeetha Kalaanidhi Shri. M.D. Ramanathan for fine tuning and refinement, and continues to do so in Chennai where she currently resides.
Accompanied by artists of eminence, she has given several solo stage concerts in New Delhi and Calcutta, and Thiagaraja Utsavams in Guruvayur and elsewhere in Tamil Nadu.
Since year 1990, she has been teaching vocal music for students of all ages. She has also involved herself in coaching seniors in advanced levels.
Carnatic Vocal, Veena
Carnatic Vocal, Veena
Vidushi Padmaja is a Professional Carnatic Music Vocalist from Bangalore, Karnataka, India. She served as the head of the department of music in a prestigious school in Bangalore.
Her first guru was her mother. She started learning music at the age of seven at the junior level and right from that age actively participated in school music programs and competitions, afterwards continuing to a senior level. She also performed in All India Radio, various festivals, temples, weddings, and music forums in Bangalore.
She continued her music education to complete Vidwat in Carnatic Classical Music, with training from Gurus Vidushi Smt. Subbalakshmi, Vidushi Smt. Ratna Srikantaiah, and Vidushi Smt. P. Rama, and Vidwan Sri Chintanapalli Ramesh.
She has been appointed as music examiner in Karnataka Secondary Education Board & invigilator for Junior & Senior Examination for practical & theory exams. She has also released a music CD comprising her singing of her grandfather Sri Asoori Ramaswamy Iyengar's (seen in picture to the left) compositions.
Her expertise includes Annamacharya Krithis, Meera Bhajans, Sai Bhajans, Lalitha Sahasranama, Soundarya Lahari etc. She has performed at various places in Bangalore, Mantralaya, Channapatna, and Kolar for Sri Rama Navami and other festivals, Annual Programs at Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams, ISKCON temple, Nitya Sangeethotsava at Bugle Rock, Bangalore, Hindu Music Parishat at Chennai, in Udaya TV Channel, Suvarna TV Channel & All India Radio.
Presently she is also being trained in Hindustani Classical Music, Gamaka Vachanam, Fusion music, and devotional music including Nalayira Divya Prabandhams and Sri Lakshmi Shobhana/Villakku Poojai.
Title of ‘Bhakthi Rasa Visharada’ was conferred on her by Sri Rama Seva Mandali, Bangalore.
Listen to her by clicking the play button to the left (beneath her picture).
Listen to sample music from our teachers by clicking the play button beneath their pictures below.
Meena Vaidyanathan is a disciple of Vidushi G. Seethalakshmi. She holds a postgraduate diploma (Ganapraveena) in Music from the Government Music College, Palghat, Kerala.
Meena has performed Carnatic vocal music recitals at:
Sriranjani Trust, Chennai, Onam Music Festival, Trivandrum, Chembai Music Festival, Guruvayoor, Karthika Tirunal Sabha, Trivandrum.
She has given many stage performances and thematic concerts for media channels like Doordarshan, All India Radio, Asianet, and Soorya. She has been graded ‘B’ by All India Radio.
She has also been on the judging panel of various music competitions in Sabhas, Schools, Colleges and media channels like Asianet.
Meena has been teaching vocal music since 1995 for aspiring young singers of the age group 10-25 and has trained over 50 students individually, thus being one of the torch bearers of Semmangudi Bani, which she imbibed from her Guru, G. Seethalakshmi (direct disciple of Sangeetha Pithamaha Sri Semmangudi R Srinivasa Iyer).
Smt. Vasanthi, desciple of Sangeetha Vidhushi Ms. Padma, is a highly skilled vocal teacher with over ten years of experience in teaching. Hailing from Chennai, she is also skilled in composing songs and lyrics.
Smt. Vani Yadunandan started her musical career at a tender age of six, under the tutelage of Vidushi. Smt. Neelamma Kadambi, the most popular Veena Artiste of that time. Her desire to become an expert in veena led her to learn under Vidushi Smt. M.S. Jayamma, under whose able guidance she completed her VIDWAT (Profiency) Examination & secured Rank I. After her marriage, with the active support and encouragement from her family, she continued her musical training under Vidwan Sri. C. Krishnamurthy, who hailed from a legendary “Mysore Baani” parampara. He is also the disciple of Vidwan Dr. V. Doreswamy Iyengar. Presently, she is taking guidance from Vidwan Sri. D. Balakrishna, son of the legendary Dr. V. Doreswamy Iyengar. She has been giving veena recitals regularly on All India Radio, Bangalore as a Grade “A” Artiste and also performing on Doordarshan for the past 15 years.
She was a member of SANGEETHA NRITHYA ACADEMY, Govt of Karnataka, for the term 2008 – 2011.
A. N. Raaja is a singer by profession with over twelve years of experience. He has had advanced training in Carnatic classical music and is also trained in Western Piano/Keyboard and flute at a prestigious music school in London. Raaja has published a book on music called "Jai Ho." He has been teaching both Carnatic classical, light music, flute, as well as Western Piano/Keyboard.
Carnatic Vocal, Keyboard, Piano, Flute, Violin
Bhagyalekshmi Sreenivasan is from Kerala, South India. She is a performing classical musician having completed M Phil in Carnatic Classical music. She has twelve years experience in the teaching profession. Bhagyalekshmi teaches lessons in Carnatic music, Hindu devotional slokas and Bhajans. Additionally she also plays Veena and Mridangam. She also teaches classical music theory for aspiring adult music professionals. A very systematic and disciplined teacher, she ensures that her students benefit from her music classes. She is currently pursuing research in music education for children and is therefore an expert in handling younger kids.
Swathi Shaker was born & brought up in Hyderabad and started her music education when she was ten years old, learning from various teachers. She did her schooling with a view to choosing music as her career and pursued a diploma in Carnatic Vocal & Violin for five years (2007 – 2012) from Kalakshetra, Sri Rukmini Devi College of Fine arts, a renowned music college in Chennai. Swathi has sung for many Tamil films, such as Siruthaipuli (chirutha), Murattu Singam (Mirapakaay), Ram Charan (Orange), Yamagaathagan (yamadonga), Jai (panja) and has lent voice for parody songs for the program EVADI GOLA VADIDHE (ETV2 Channel).
She is currently a performing artist and teaching musician (Carnatic Classical) in Hyderabad.
Carnatic Vocal, Violin, Film Music
Ms. Sanghamitra Ghosh was a music teacher at Delhi Public School and other schools in Delhi for several years and has extensive experience in teaching children of all ages, as well as in organizing and conducting school choirs, orchestras, and concert bands.
Between 1977 and 1989 she performed as a singer of Bhajans, children’s songs, and Nazrul Songs with All India Radio in New Delhi and Calcutta. She also recorded songs for People's Little Theatre and Little Ballet Troupe.
Ms. Ghosh has in-depth knowledge of the music theory and techniques required to compose, produce and perform; she is experienced in creating musical compositions, melodies, harmonies and keys. She has also developed online music learning software for a private company.