Ramakrishnan Murthy started his early vocal Carnatic Music lessons in 1997 – at the age of 8 – with Smt. Padma Kutty of Irvine, CA, Ramakrishnan, since 2001, has been underdoing advanced training from vidwan Delhi Sri P. Sunderrajan. He was also fortunate to learn, at different times, from senior vidvans Late Vairamangalam Sri Lakshminarayanan, Late Chengalpet Sri Ranganathan, and Palai Sri C.K. Ramachandran.
Ramakrishnan has also learned several krithis from C.R. Vaidyanathan (student of P.S. Narayanaswami) and Vaikom T.V. Jayachandran (student of T.M. Thyagarajan). Ramakrishnan, an A-grade artist at the All India Radio and Doordarshan, Chennai, has performed widely in India, USA, and the Middle East, in places such as Madras Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Sabha, and Bangalore Gayana Samaj, and in many cities in the US. He is a Computer Science graduate of the University of California, Irvine.
Awards & Titles
The awards bagged by Ramakrishnan Murthy include Outsanding Junior Vocalist from Music Academy for 2 years consecutively – 2011 and 2012, Chitra Narayanaswamy Endowment for Most Promising Artiste of the year from Brahma Gana Sabha – Season 2012, Spirit of Youth Award for Best Vocalist from the Music Academy 2008, Best Junior Vocalist from Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha – 2008, Maharajapuram Sri Viswanatha Iyer Award for Best Raga Rendering and Musiri Sri Subramania Iyer Endowment Award for Best Vocal Artist from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, ‘Sangeetha Shri’ title in 2009 from Trichy Rasika Ranjani Sabha, First Prize in the All India Radio National competition in the Classical Vocal – Carnatic category in 2009.