Biography

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Arundhathi Krishnan has been learning Carnatic vocal music from the age of 7 and gave her first public performance and won her first concert prize at the Rama Navami celebrations in Fort High School Bangalore when she was 13. A write up about this concert appeared in the newspapers and got her the Pratibhakankshi prize.

She is undergoing advanced training in manodharma, pallavi singing and other nuances from her aunt Deva Gana Varshini Smt. Soundaram Krishnan, AIR A Grade artist, Chennai, and has been under her tutelage for over 14 years.

Arundhathi is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics at IIT Madras. She is a recipient of the NBHM Masters scholarship (2011-12) and the NCERT NTSE scholarship (2005-2011). She has completed a Senior Diploma (exam conducted by the Karnataka government) in Carnatic Music, a Junior Diploma (exam conducted by Prayag University, Allahabad) in Hindustani Music. For Arundhathi, Carnatic music is a passion and integral part of life.

Arundhathi has given over 300 concerts at various Sabhas in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Mysore, Kerala and so on. In Chennai she has given concerts at The Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha, Hamsadhwani, SAFE, Nada Inbam, Mylapore Fine Arts Club, NSTSS Nanganallur, IIT Madras Music Club and Nadopasana to name a few. She has given concerts at The Bangalore Gayana Samaj, Ananya Sabhangana, Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha and Malleswaram Sangeetha Sabha in Bangalore, Sri Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha and Chembur Fine Arts in Mumbai, Tamil Isai Sangam Karaikudi, Sri Swati Tirunal Sangeeta Sabha in Thiruvananthapuram, Edapally Sangeeta Sabha in Cochin, Kalasagaram in Hyderabad, and Nadhabrahma, Ganabharati and Thyaragaja Sangeeta Sabha in Mysore.

She has been regularly giving concerts over the last 9 years in the December Music Season at many of the major Sabhas, to name a few- Narada Gana Sabha, Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai Fine Arts, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Brahma Gana Sabha, Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Kapali Fine Arts and Hamsavinodhini among others.

Smt. Soundaram Krishnan

She was also mentored by Sangeetha Kala Acharya Prof. T R Subramaniam who happened to be her guru's guiding force. Arundhathi added to her repertoire some rare Mysore Vasudevacharya kritis, from the late Sri S Rajaram, (former Director of Kalakshetra) who was the grandson of Sri Mysore Vasudevacarya. She has trained formally in Hindustani music with Smt. Bharathi Balakrishnan. She is the grand niece of Sangeetha Kala Acharya Prof N S Jayalakshmi, a reputed dance Guru, and granddaughter of the late Sri N S Jagannathan (former Editor, Indian Express and Financial Express). Having earlier performed regularly in AIR Bangalore FM Amritavarshini's 'Navapallava' and 'Amritagurukula' programmes, Arundhathi is currently a 'B' high grade artist of All India Radio, Bangalore.

She is the recipient of the Maharajapuram Santhanam Endowment Award for Talent Promotion from Narada Gana Sabha, 2015, the Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Endowment Prize from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 2014 and the Award of Excellence from Rasika Fine Arts, 2014.

She has been awarded prizes in competitions conducted by the Music Academy, the Indian Fine Arts Society, Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha as well as concert prizes in Nadhabrahma, Mysore and Sri Rama Seva Mandali, Bangalore. Her performances have been reviewed in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and English newspapers in Chennai and Bangalore.

Kosmik has recently released two CDs of Arundhathi Krishnan- 'Varnasagaram- Rare Gems' and 'Navaratnamala- Rare Compositions of Muthaiah Bhagavatar and Mysore Vasudevachar'.