Swarna Rethas uses every free moment to indulge in (silent?) manodharma. Can the quality of music remain unaffected by the juggling? Can it be a part time pursuit? “I’d be lying if I said yes. I’ll make enough money and be free to pursue music fulltime. That’s the dream,” Swarna Rethas.
Swarna Rethas is software tester. Both music and IT make demands on the intellect. “But you must practise varnam also.” Swarna Rethas has an answer to that one, “Okay, so do just varnam one day, take up raga on another day.”
Parents and spouses offer every kind of support. So do the gurus, who are willing to teach at hours when the disciples are free. “It has to be a balancing act until we can make a call and take one over the other,” says Rethas.
He has performed in famous sabhas in the city, R R Sabha, Naada Inbam, Krishna Gana Sabha, RR Sabha, Hamsadwani, Thiruvanmiyur Asthika Samajam to name a few. He has won the CMANA prize from The Music Academy for the best vocalist in the U-25 category. His concert at The Music Academy in the year 2004 won the Best concert prize among all the concerts in the 12.45 slot.
Hailing from a family of music lovers from the Tanjore district (Tiruvisanloor) who have been associated with music, he is enthusiastically encouraged by all his family members. Being a part of a software company, his interests outside music, lie with computers and new technologies. He’s also an avid watcher of any live sport on television.
Swarna Rethas, is currently a disciple of the well-acclaimed musician, Shri Sanjay Subrahmanyan. He started his initial training in vocal music at the age of six. His initial training was under Mrs. Geetha Sridhar, an AIR artist and later from Late Smt. Indra Ramanathan, daughter of Smt. Rukmini Rajagopalan. He has now been training under Sanjay Subrahmanyan for over 10 years. He also trained on the Mridangam under Late Ramanathapuram Sri M N Kandasami Pillai for 7 years.
Educational Qualification & Sports
Postgraduate in Mathematics, Loyola College. Currently employed with Tenmiles Corporation, as a software tester.
Awards & Titles
• Musiri Subramania Iyer endowment prize from Krishna Gana Sabha in 2004
• CMANA prize from The Music Academy in 2004 for best vocalist in the U-25 category
• Best concert prize from The Music Academy in 2004
• Swarna Venkatesa Dhikshitar Endowment prize from The Music Academy in 2006
• Currently holds B-grade in All India Radio (AIR)