Chennai: The Indira Sivasailam Endowment fund, established in association with The Music Academy, Madras, aims to recognize and promote Carnatic musicians of distinction.
Each year a winner is chosen by a panel comprising of members from the Endowments Committee of the Academy and Ms. Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman, TAFE. The Indira Sivasailam Foundation was established by Ms. Mallika Srinivasan as a tribute to her mother Smt. Indira Sivasailam – an avid follower and patron of the traditional art forms, especially Carnatic music. This year the foundation enters its 10th Year existence.
The recipient of
The Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal for the year 2019 is Dr. Pantula Rama, a leading exponent of Carnatic music. Dr. Rama
hails from a family of musicians and scholars. Her father, Sri. Pantula Gopala Rao is a well-known violinist and her mother Smt. Padmavathi is an accomplished Veena
Dr. Rama had her initial musical training
under her father, and completed her advanced training under ‘Sangeeta Kalasagara’ Sri. Ivaturi
Vijayeswara Rao. She is one of the youngest vocalists to have been awarded the
prestigious ‘Top grade’ by the All India Radio.
She is equipped
with a vast repertoire and highly imaginative approach, and is renowned for her
interpretation of the works of old and new composers. Her unique style
distinctive for brilliant artistry, clarity of diction, an ever-fresh approach
and a perfect balance of the different elements of Carnatic music, enthralls audiences
around the world. She holds a Doctorate in Carnatic music and has authored the book,
‘Shaping of an ideal Carnatic musician through Sadhana’. She has been honored
with a multitude of titles from reputable sabhas
and music organizations in India and abroad including the ‘Senior Outstanding
Vocalist’, ‘Outstanding Lady Vocalist’ & ‘Best Pallavi Award’ from The
Music Academy, Madras, ‘Asthana Vidushi of Avani Sringeri Sarada Peetham’ and the ‘Ragam Tanam
Pallavi Award’ from the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana Festival.
As a teacher and
arts advocate, Dr. Rama believes in inspiring and shaping the next generation
of music aspirants to pursue arts as a lifestyle and career. Through her socio-cultural
movement, “PaRa – the Supreme”, she aims to create and heighten the awareness
of Classical music with openness towards other genres of music.
was made on the basis of specific criteria which include excellence in
performance, audience appeal, adherence to classical tradition while innovating
within its framework, depth of knowledge and demonstrated efforts to
disseminate knowledge and the ability to bring about a greater and deeper
public appreciation of Carnatic Music.
To mark the 10th
year Celebrations, Vidwan Sri. R.K.
Shriramkumar (Violin), Vidwan Sri.
J.Vaidyanathan (Mridangam) and Vidushi
Smt. Bhagyalakshmi M. Krishna (Morsing) will be awarded The Indira Sivasailam
Foundation 10th Anniversary Special Award for their exceptional performance
as accompanying artistes.
ceremony and The Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert will be held at the Music Academy, Madras, on the October 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm.
Anwesha – ‘Quest for the Best’: Over the past nine years The Indira Sivasailam Foundation has brought rasikas and artists together to celebrate our rich Carnatic music tradition. As a pre-event to the 10th Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert, the Foundation will be hosting Anwesha – ‘Quest for the Best’ and the ‘Bala Vidwan’ Contest on September 25, 2019 at The Music Academy, Madras.
invites participants of the Bala Vidwan Contest to send in the entries in the
form of a video of their renditions, vocal or instrumental (Violin and Flute)
of any song related to Classical Carnatic music through The Indira Sivasailam
Foundation Facebook page (facebook.com/theISfoundation). The questions for Anwesha
– ‘Quest for the best’ can be sent to the Facebook page inbox or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Both contests are open till September 17,
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