Birthdays & Anniversaries
|15.8.1922 - 6.5.2011|
Kalpagam Swaminathan has been upholding traditional values in Carnatic music. Born in Setalapathi village in Tanjavur in 1922, she belongs to a family of musicians. Her mother Abhayambal and grandmother Dharmambal were considered good singers of their times. Her mother, who was also well-versed in playing the veena and the harmonium, was her first veena teacher. Other guru-s were A. Anantakrishna Iyer and T.L. Venkatarama Iyer from whom she acquired her enviable repertoire of Dikshitar kriti-s; and Budalur Krishnamurti Sastri, from whom she learnt several Tyagaraja kriti-s. In 1947, Kalpagam Swaminathan joined the music faculty of the Kalakshetra's College of Music and Fine Arts where she served for six years.She joined Central College of Carnatic Music in Madras in 1964 as a veena teacher when Musiri Subrahmania Iyer was its Principal. After her retirement, she taught veena to students at Kala Peetham in Madras for a few years. Kalpagam Swaminathan has been a regular performer on AIR and Doordarshan. The Music Academy in Madras has honoured her with a special certificate and the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram with the title of Kalaimamani in recognition of her services in the field of Carnatic music.