Radha's friends keep telling her that she should apply for entry into the Guinness
Book for the largest number of titles won in a year - she was awarded 15 titles
in 1999. With over 30 titles by several reputed organizations and individuals,
she is a stalwart in the Carnatic classical music world. She has been awarded
the Gaayana Patu by Bala Murali Krishna, and is the Aasthaana Vidooshi for the
Ahobila Muth, for the Vishwapeetham at Guntur and for Vedurupakam near Rajahmundry.
Born in 1947 in a family of musical scholars dedicated to the Vishisthadwaita
dharma, Radha had a strong musical foundation right from her childhood. She
trained under gurus B V Raman and B V Lakhmanan, 5th generation disciples of
Saint Thyagaraja. She trained for 15 years, and has been performing for over
20 years now. Her first concert itself was in a big musical festival at Vijayawada
where the other performers were of the stature of Shobha Naidu and the Sikkil
sisters. Among the people who have profusely praised her is Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda
Swami, who asked her to sing in his reknowned Dassera festival with its marathon
waiting lists populated by stalwarts.
The descendant of the great sage Yagya Valkya, Dharmala Venkateshwar Rao, is
organizing this show on his jayanti. He will be accompanying Radha Padmanabhan
on the mrudangam, along with Srinivas Sharma on the violin. This is a two-hour
musical bonanza with slokas composed by the trinity, Saint Thyagaraja, Sri Muthuswami
Dikshitaar, and Shaiana Shaartha Annar.