Kalasagaram, as part of its monthly programs of classical music, is organising a grand veena recital by Jayalakshmi Sekhar, on 19th January, at the Keyes Girls High School. Accompanying her are Burra Sriram on the mridangam and T P Balasubrahmanyam on the ghatam.
Jayalakshmi Sekhar had her initial music training in the violin and the flute from her father C S Krishnaswamy. But her formal veena training started place when she was 13 years of age, under Pudukkottai Jayarama Iyer, in Madras. She is a Chemistry graduate from Stella Maris College, Madras, during which time she also participated in various inter-collegiate music competitions.
Jayalakshmi now lives in Malaysia with her husband, T V Sekhar, an accountant who has been instrumental in introducing her to Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. Sripada Pinakapani. Together, they have been recording his music in his home in Kurnool year after year and listening and learning from the tapes, before she became a resident student of his recently. Under the tutelage of Dr. Pinakapani, for the past 4-5 years, Jayalakshmi has been improving her veena play.
Jayalakshmi is the music consultant of Sutra Dance Theater in Kuala Lumpur, run by Artistic Director Ramli Ibrahim, the renowned Bharatanatyam, Odissi and ballet dancer of Malaysia. She also has provided music support for Melbourne's famous dancer Dr. Chandrabhanu. She has performed in various countries including at Pittsburg University in the USA, and in Australia and Singapore.
Jayalakshmi won the 'Gottuvadhyam Narayana Iyengar' award for a noteworthy performance during the Gokulashtami Series held in Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in 1997. She has given lecture demonstrations in the Hyderabad Music College, Telugu University and Secunderabad Music College. Recently she has started accompanying vocalists on the violin in India too. In November 1999, she accompanied Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana on a SPIC-MACAY concert tour of Karnataka.
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 35 years. The concerts are usually held in the open-air theater of the Keyes High School campus. The singers are generally from outside Hyderabad, usually amateurs and upcoming artistes, and quite competent. Kalasagaram also occasionally stages South-Indian classical dances and Tamil plays.
Please contact Rajagopalan of Kalasagaram at 2773-1775 for further details.