Sushma Somasekharan

Sushma Somasekharan

Sushma Somasekharan

Sushma Somasekharan received her initial training from Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society. She was one of the top two competitors who won the All India Radio Competition and was awarded the ‘B’ Grade recognition in 2006. She has won several awards in various competitions. She has also given many performances all over India, Singapore and Sri Lanka. She has released ‘Mahisasura Mardhini’ CD and is currently working on other projects. An Accountancy graduate from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she was working with Price water house Coopers before she decided to move to Chennai to pursue her passion, Carnatic Music.

Sushma Somasekharan’s vocal was an honest attempt to project the best in her. She has a reasonably good voice and equally good imagination. What she is handicapped with is the right padanrtharam. After all, she is still young and it is unfair to expect finesse. With good sruti sense and choice selection, she impressed the audience with traditional design and perfect balance. At such a stage, there is bound to be some amount of nervousness and Sushma did get over it. The best part of her performance was the raga alapana of bhairavi and the accompanying krithi, rakshabettare. With right kalapramana, and inspiring bhava, she carried the audience with her. It was equally striking in the item mayamma ani pilachithe in ahiri. Sada achaleswaram in bhupalam was yet another item which was attractive.

Sushma has been learning Carnatic music for the past 12 years. She is under the tutelage of Mrs Lalitha Siva kumar. She won the best student award from SIFAS for her fifth year certificate course. She got her diploma in vocal music from SIFAS and was awarded “Best Student” and the title “Sangita Visharad” in 2003.

She has taken part in numerous competitions and won several prizes. She won 2nd prize in the open category – vocal, conducted by National Arts Council in 2004. She has performed in the SIFAS festival, at the Chennai Music Festival and given performances at Calcutta, Hyderabad and Coimbatore.

Musical Training

Trained under many gurus like Shanta Subramanian, Leelavathi Gopalakrishnan, Padmavati Nagarajan, Padmalingam, this habitual topper from Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society underwent advance training under Malladi Brothers and from Lalitha Sivakumar, mother of renowned singer Nithyashree Mahadevan.