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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Suguna Varadachari

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Recognition did not come her way in her youth. Her early concert career coincided with an era of many outstanding vocalists, male and female. Therefore something of a late bloomer, Suguna Varadachari is today a senior vocalist known for her singular contribution to Carnatic music as a teacher.

Born on 20 December 1945, Suguna had her early music lessons under the watchful eye of P.K. Rajagopala Iyer, a disciple of Tiger Varadachariar. After completing the Sangita Vidwan course at the Central College of Carnatic Music, Chennai, she received advanced coaching from Sangita Kalanidhi Musiri Subramania Iyer under the Government of India Cultural Scholarship Scheme. Winning numerous prizes and awards for her singing, she went on to complete the Teacher’s Training Course in Music with flying colours. Later she embellished her music under the guidance of vocalists Calcutta K.S. Krishnamurthy and Ranganayaki Parthasarathy. For several years, Suguna Varadachari, Suguna Purushothaman and Mani Krishnaswami were a popular performing trio propagating the Musiri bani, admired for its emotional appeal and clarity of enunciation.

An ‘A-Top’ grade artist of All India Radio, Suguna has had a long association with AIR – as a performing artist for 50 years, as a teacher in the “Isai Payirchi” series, and has sung in several recordings for the AIR Archives. She has also performed in the U.S.A., South Africa, Singapore and Taiwan, conducted workshops and presented several lecdems and research papers in seminars. 

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