What can we say about Dr. Shobha Raju that won't sound as praiseful as one of her Annamayya Kirtanas. Well, you probably heard all, but here is a fresh look at some of this accomplished Carnatic singer's attainments.
She was taught, beginning with Smt. Rajyalakshmi, her own mother, by a string of teachers including Mr. Pullaiah, Mr. D. Seshagiri Rao, Mr. Pakala Munirathnam, Mr Tiruttani Krishnamurthy, Prof. Kalpakam and Dr. Nedunuri Krishnamurthy. Her spiritual leanings from an early age might have been a precursor to her decision to dedicate her life to propogating Annamayya's teachings. She was greatly inspired by the Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Swami Vivekananda.
The numerous awards she has won include Annamayya Paada Kokila by Telugu Association of North America in 1989, Sankirtana Praveena by the Telugu Kala Samithi of Kuwait in 2000, Paidi Lakhsmaiah Merit Award by The Paidi Lakshmaiah Trust in 1985, Andhra Lalitha Kala Academy's Silver Jubilee Award in 1992, Ugadi Puraskar Award by Madras Telugu Academy in 1994, An honouring from Sri P.V. Narasimha Rao, the former Prime Minister of India on behalf of Andhra Pradesh Kala Vedika of Hyderabad, Alluri SitaRamaraju Youth Talent Award by Sri Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1996 etc.
In addition, this versatile artist has done everything from producing TV serials to producing cassettes and composing music about her favourite saint. Today evening, she will perform her famous Annamacharya Keertanas at the Ravindra Bharati grounds. Watch to find out what the quality is that has mesmerised audiences all over the world.
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