S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Suguna Purushothaman

Birthdays & Anniversaries

4.4.1941 - 25.2.2015

Suguna Purushothaman was a versatile Carnatic musician, guru and composer. It was said that her proficiency in lakshya was matched by her knowledge of the lakshana of music.

Suguna was born on 4 April 1941 in a family passionate about music. Her grandfather Venkata Dikshitar was a regular at Veena Dhanammal’s Friday soirees. Her grandmother and mother played the harmonium and violin. 

Suguna started music lessons with Mannargudi Ramamoorti Iyer and went on to learn from Tinniam Venkatarama Iyer. She had her maiden performance at a Tyagaraja Utsavam in Saidapet. 

Suguna became a star pupil of Musiri Subramania Iyer whose memory she cherished all her life. Not only did she grow into an exemplar of the kind of bhava-soaked singing Musiri was famous for, she also mastered the art of pallavi singing. A warm and affectionate person, Suguna became famous for her ready wit and repartee.

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