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Listening Session on the Artistry of Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi
Guided by Dr. R.K. Shriramkumar, supported by Amritha Murali and
Sriraam Subbaraman

An NCPA Presentation

This programme makes available the NCPA’s archival recordings to lovers of Indian classical music. We have planned a session based on the rarely heard recordings of the legendary vocalist, Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (1916–2004), some of which were specially recorded for our archives in 1978.

M.S. Amma, as she was popularly known, was a naturally gifted musician who grew up in an environment conducive to learning, at a very early age, nuances from the doyens of the Carnatic (South Indian) world. Starting her career at the young age of 13, she went on to become one of the most celebrated exponents of Carnatic music, besides acting in a few films. Eventually, she came to be recognised as the iconic voice of devotion in Independent India.

The event will be guided by the eminent violinist, Dr. R. K. Shriramkumar, who has had the privilege of accompanying the legendary vocalist in live concerts as well as for some commercial recordings. Based on this association, he will share his valuable insights into the music of Subbulakshmi. His presentation will include recordings and live demonstrations.

Born in an illustrious family of violinists, Dr. Shriramkumar was trained by his grandfather, R. K. Venkarama Sastry. Besides performing solo concerts at home and overseas, he has had the honour of accompanying several doyens of Carnatic music. Marked by the gayaki style of violin playing, his music is recognised for its soul-stirring quality. Furthermore, he is also renowned as a skilled composer for several music and dance productions featuring celebrated artistes. With his innate musicality and vast experience in the world of music, Dr. Shriramkumar is rightly regarded as a fine orator and an illustrious guru. The list of awards and accolades received is equally impressive.

In this presentation, he will be supported by his disciple, Amritha Murali, who is also a talented vocalist. Sriraam Subbaraman will lend rhythmic support on the mridangam.


Entry free on a first-come-first-served basis.

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