She's been chosen by Kalasagaram to perform, which means there is no need for an introduction. Which is good, since it'll perhaps take longer than the concert itself. Just see the word-count below.
Kalasagaram, a cultural association based in Secunderabad, is organizing its monthly program of pure classical music with a Carnatic vocal recital by Sudha Raghuraman of New Delhi, on 20th January, at the Keyes High School For Girls. She will be supported by R Divakar on the violin and S Aravind on the mridangam.
Sudha was born in a family of distinguished musicians, and received her training in Carnatic music from her grandfather, Sangeeta Bhushanam O V Subramanyam, the highly acclaimed doyen of the Tanjavur music family. Surrounded by the pulsating musical atmosphere at home, and further enriched by her paternal uncles, the well-known Carnatic vocalists O S Thiagarajan and O S Arun, she had music flowing in her at a very young age, quite naturally.
Under her grandfather, she learnt the nuances of the various ragas, which in turn enabled her delineate even rare raagas. Sudha was awarded a scholarship by the Sahitya Kala Parishad in 1996 for advanced training in music. In addition to training in vocal music, Sudha learnt violin under the guidance of the late Guru V Janakiraman, for 8 years under a CCRT scholarship.
Gifted with a rich, mellifluous voice, Sudha characterizes her music by an uncompromising adherence to sruti and laya. It is a delightful synthesis of robust energy and meditative stillness. And like we said, Sudha’s unique forte lies in her effortless delineation of rare and complicated ragas.
Sudha has performed at several prestigious music festivals and platforms, both at home and abroad; prominent among them being the music season performances at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, the Narada Gana Sabha and the Indian Fine Arts festival at Chennai, the ITPO Festival of Music and the Vishnu Digambar Samaroh, and at several cities for the festivals organized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Sudha has the unique distinction of being directly graded by the AIR (without an audition), after she won the AIR Vocal Music Competition. She is also a graded artiste with the ICCR, as a soloist. Ever willing to expand her knowledge of music, she spent long years residing in the national capital, to listen and interact with Hindustani musicians. Her music shows a sparkling influence of Hindustani music traditions, especially in raga alapanas and bhajan singing.
In recognition of her commendable talent and performing skill, Sudha was awarded the Delhi Yuva Kalakar award by the Sree Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Sabha, New Delhi, in 2006.
Kalasagaram is a South-Indian cultural association situated in the East Nehru Nagar of East Marredpally, and has been organising Carnatic music concerts for more than 15 years. The concerts are always held in the Keyes High School campus in the open-air theater. The singers are generally from outside Hyderabad, usually amateurs and upcoming artistes, and are quite competent. Kalasagaram also occasionally stages South-Indian classical dances and Tamil plays.
Please contact Rajagopalan of Kalasagaram at 2773-1775 for further details.