When most little girls at the age of 7 would be clutching a doll in their hands,little Nagamani was clutching a mandolin, using her tender fingers to learn the intricacies of this stringed instrument. Nagamani, a child prodigy, who is in her early twenties,ranks on par with many carnatic Music Exponents much senior to her in years.
Nagamani, who is a native of PALAKOL, West Godavari Dist, ANDHRA PRADESH, learnt mandolin under the loving and caring guidance of her uncle and mentor Sri.Mandolin U.P.RAJU. By the age of 9, she was performing as a seasoned soloist in the hallowed portals of the Grand Music Sabhas of Chennai.She is the FIRST FEMALE MANDOLIN ARTISTE playing carnatic classical music.
Nagamani has extensively performed around the globe in the countries like SOUTH AFRICA, USA, CANADA, SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, FRANCE, and SWITZERLAND. Nagamani has also achieved name and fame through her solo/ duo Audio Cd’s and cassettes under the banners of KALAVARDHINI, MUDHRA, SANGEETHA and GEETHA Cassettes.
Nagamani along with her mentor and husband Sri.U.P.Raju,together they form a formidable MANDOLIN DUO. Nagamani, has won many prizes and awards from various esteemed Organizations.
Awards & Titles
• In 1994 – Awarded ” Best Junior Artiste” by the KRISHNA GANA SABHA, for the Gokulastami series at Chennai.
• In 1994 – Performed before Bhagawan Sri SATHYA SAI BABA on his birthday. He was so moved by her music that he materialised a gold chain and locket for her.
• In 1995 – MUSIC ACADEMY,Chennai has awarded the “AMBUJAM KRISHNA” award for excellance in the Spirit Of Youth Series.
• In 2002 – Won music critic “K.S.MAHADEVAN” endownment for the category “Best junior artiste” in playing foreign instrument by the NARADA GANA SABHA,Chennai.
• In 2003 – She won first place in the ALL INDIA RADIO National level competition for the category of stringed plucking instrument. Now she is direct “B” Grade artiste of AIR,Chennai.
• In 2006 – She was awarded the title Yuva Kala Bharathi by Bharat Kalachar Chennai.
• In 2007 – Graduated as “B High” Graded artiste in ALL INDIA RADIO.