Emani Sankara Sastry was born on September 23, 1922 and died on 1987, was a renowned Veena player of Carnatic music. Sankara Sastry was born on September 23, 1922 in Draksharama, Andhra Pradesh.
Alarmel Valli is a foremost exponent of the Pandanallur tradition in BharataNatyam. She is hailed as a creative artist who brings depth, intensity and naturalness to her work. She has won laurels several times in the major festivals in India and in almost all the cultural capitals of the world.
TN Krishnan, a child prodigy, made his debut concert at the age of eight. At a young age he accompanied legends like
Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Musiri Subrmania Iyer, Alathur Brothers, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar and Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer.
Alathur Brothers Srinivasa Iyer (1911-1980) & Sivasubramania Iyer (1916-1965) were Carnatic vocalists. The world of Carnatic music knows them as the star duo of the twentieth century. They learnt under Alathur Venkatesa Iyer, the father of Sivasubramania Iyer. They were not brothers by birth.
Saashwathi belongs to a family which has its roots deep in Indian arts. Her grandfather is the renowned personality Late Sri. R. Yagnaraman, who was the legendary Genaral Secretary of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha for over the last 50 years, and is the daughter of Mr. Y. Prabhu, Current General Secretary of Krishna Gana Sabha.
Hailing from a family of musicians, S. MAHATHI is a child prodigy. She began tosing in various Devotional albums and sang for some Malayalam movies. She introduced herself in a Tamil film, music composed by the great Isai Gnani Illayaraja with a solo song “Enna Maranthalum” in the movie “Kaadhal Jaathi”.
Nirmala Rajasekar has began her career as a soloist at age 13. Nirmala has performed in many prestigious venues such as the United Nations and Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA; Northrope Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN; BBC, London, England; Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland; Musee Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland; Bali, Indonesia;
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the internationally renowned exponent of the bansuri or bamboo flute, surprisingly does not come from a long lineage of flautists. His father was a famous wrestler who had aspirations of his son following in his footsteps. The younger Chaurasia had an early love of music.
Urmila Sathyanarayanan is one of India’s finest dancers of Barata Natyam, the classical dance from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Urmila has received rave reviews and international acclaim for the perfection and joy of her dance and her captivating stage presence. She is praised for her crisp and precise footwork, the spontaneity and vivaciousness of her facial expressions, her graceful poses, and her deep aramandi (plié position) which is one of the hallmarks of this dance style.
Chitra Vishweswaran is famed as one of the leading Bharatnatyam dancers of India. A competent performer, teacher and choreographer, she heads her own dance institution, ‘Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA)’, at Chennai.