Monday, 8 October 2012

Musician to watch

Arundhathi Krishnan

Some of our prominent music critics—TT Narendran, Lakshmi Venkatraman, G Swaminathan and PS Krishnamurthi—have found much to appreciate in this young vocalist’s concerts. A strong voice and clear diction, melody in kriti rendering, fluency in alapana and maturity in other aspects of manodharma, an impressive repertoire and lively presentation are among the qualities highlighted in their reviews.
Arundhathi Krishnan, the recipient of these accolades, has been performing on the concert stage since she was thirteen years old. Now a regular in the Chennai music season, she has been a student of ’ A’ Grade AIR artist and her aunt Soundaram Krishnan for the last 12 years, at present at an advanced level of training in pallavi singing and the nuances of manodharma.  She is also being mentored by TR Subramaniam, “her  guru’s guiding force.”
Arundhathi, who is at present pursuing doctoral studies in mathematics at IIT Madras, has had a brilliant academic career. With diplomas in Carnatic and Hindustani music under her belt, she has been a recipient of the NCERT NTSE (2005-2011) and NBHM Masters (2011-2012) scholarships. A granddaughter of the late, eminent journalist NS Jagannathan and grandniece of veteran dance guru NS Jayalakshmi, Arundhathi is a passionately devoted student of music. She recently started contributing articles to Sruti magazine.

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