Thiyagarajan trained under Lalgudi Jayaraman. And that's just how proudly his own students talk of who they are training under.
The Andhra Music Academy is organising its 7th Annual Music & Dance Festival from 24th to 29th January. The 6-day festival has some of best music vidhwans and talented artistes from the present and past generation performing, notably O S Thiyagarajan, Dr Yella Venkateshwara Rao, Akella Mallikarjuna Sarma, Garimella Balakrishna Prasad, Dwaram Durga Prasad and Satyanarayana Rao, the Hyderabad Brothers, Poosarla Manorama, Geeta Krishnamurthy, U Nagamani, Emani Lalithakrishna and Kumar Mardur.
Today, the 3rd day, O S Thiyagarajan of Chennai will entertain music-lovers with a Carnatic vocal recital, along with T K V Ramanujacharyulu of Tiruchinapally on the violin and Dr Yella Venkateshwar Rao of Hyderabad on the mridangam. Thiyagarajan was born at Thanjavur, and is the son of Sangeetha Bhushanam O V Subramaniam. Besides from his father, he had his early training under Tiger Varadachariar and Tanjore Ponniah Pillai. To enhance his knowledge, he had his advanced training under Lalgudi Jayaraman and T M Thyagarajan.
He works as an Accounts Officer in Shalimar Paints Ltd, Chennai. He is a senior vocalist of repute, besides being an ardent devotee of music. An A-grade artiste of the All-India Radio and of Doordarshan, he has been giving numerous concerts in India and abroad, that have been highly appreciated and relished.
The Andhra Music Academy was formed in 2001 to sponsor, support and patronise music. For this endeavor, the academy has roped in some very eminent musicians into its advisory panel, including Dr Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Dr Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana and Nedunuri Krishna Murthy. The academy organises and conducts various music festivals every year and also plans to organise these every month.
Every year, the prestigious awards of Sangeeta Vidyanidhi and Natya Vidyanidhi are conferred upon music and dancing legends. Dr Balamurali Krishna, Nedunuri, Nookala, M S Gopalakrishna, Annavarapu Ramaswamy, Pt Jasraj and Puranam Purushottama Sastry received the Sangeeta Vidyanidhi, while Vempati Chinna Satyam, Nataraja Ramakrishna and Vendantam Satyanarayana Sarma were the Natya Vidyanidhi awardees during the previous festivals. This year, Dr Padma Subrahmanyam will be awarded the Natya Vidyanidhi, and Malini Rajurkar (a Hindustani vocalist) and V Kamalakara Rao (a mridangam player), the Sangeeta Vidyanidhi.
The concert starts at 7:00pm, and the entry is free. For further details, please contact 94401-93582, 98480-59020.