A scientist for 16 years, Tirumala Devi has excelled at things that do not come naturally to her. Science, for example. Here's what comes naturally.
Vamsi International Theatres is organising a vocal recital of Annamacharya keertanas by Tirumala Devi on the occasion of the 599th Jayanthi of the great saint, at Sri Thyagaraya Gana Sabha, this Wednesday. Tirumala Devi, with support from S Venugopal on the violin and Vidhyasagar on the tabla, will sing about 17 rare keertanas of Annamayya, which were earlier sung and popularised by P Susheela, S Janaki, Srirangam Gopalarathnam and Vani Jairam.
Tirumala Devi worked as a scientist at the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) for a period of 16 years. In spite of her work obligations, she gained a very good knowledge in music, be it Carnatic vocal, light music or Hindustani classical. She learnt Carnatic music from Padma Vibhushan Dr M Balamurali Krishna and D V Mohan Krishna, light music from M Chittaranjan, and Hindustani classical from Ram Subbamma. She has a P G Diploma in Light Music from the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, and is currently pursuing her 2nd year in music studies from Madras University.
She has given over 200 concerts at many temples including those in Mantralayam, Srisailam, Nandigama, TTD Hyderabad, Vargal, Chilukur, Keesara, Vemulavada, Sanghinagar, Indalvai, Satyasala and Yadagirigutta. She is a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship at P G Academic Excellence, and has won several prizes in light music.
Please contact Tirumala Devi at 6452-9113 for further details.