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Interview with vocalist Suchitra Balasubramanian

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

G Srinivasan

Music is close to the heart of Suchitra Balasubramanian. She is an acclaimed vocalist, namasankeerthanam and Harikatha exponent.  

This music season, she is rendering concerts at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru, Mulund Fine Arts (Bombay), Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha.

Speaking to 'News Today', Suchitra Balasubramanian, says, "I have been learning Carnatic music from the age of four from gurus like Sudha and Madurai T N Seshagopalan. Srimushnam V Raja Rao, Padma Sandilyan and Trichy J Venkataraman also taught me."

"After formal training in Carnatic music, I started performing in temples, marriages and sabhas," she added.

About learning Harikatha, Suchitra said, "My grandmother Thanjavur T R Kamalamurthy is a Harikatha exponent who taught me the art and even now I am learning from her. Apart from my grandmother, I am also learning from scholars like U Ve Ananthapadmanabhachariyar, Vijaya Balaji."

On academic front, Suchitra has completed Bachelor of Commerce and and Master of Arts (Music), Master of Business Administration. She passed lower and higher grade in music examinations conducted by the State government.  

"I am passionate about Harikatha and Carnatic music," she added.  

She has won several awards, including Sri Ramanujar Award, Madhura Murali Puraskar, Tamil Isai Chudar, Tamilnadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram, Sivaji Ganesan Virudhu and Bharat Ratna Dr MS Subbulakshmi Centenary Fellowship award.

She has released CDs on 'Kandha Sashti Kavacham' too. 

Suchitra has travelled to countries like Canada, Switzerland, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Seychelles and rendered concerts. 

"I thank my father K Balasubramanian, B Usha, my husband Aravind Rajagopalan and my brother Logesshwar for their support that helped me achieve a lot," she says with feeling.

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