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About Vidya 
  •  Initial lessons under noted teacher Smt. Rukmini Rajagopalan
  •   Disciple of World renowned musician Maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman for vocal music since 1993
  •   Repertoire includes over 600 compositions
  •   Proficient in various manodharma (creative) aspects such as Ragam Taanam Pallavi, Neraval, Alapana and Kalpana Swarams
  •   Selected to participate in a specialized training program on performing techniques under Padmabhushan Lalgudi Jayaraman organized by Indian Foundation for Performing Arts
  •    Currently under the guidance of eminent vocalist, Dr. Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam
  •  Director and owner of, one of the top ranked private schools for online Carnatic music learning (Google: “online Carnatic class” or “Skype Carnatic”)
  • Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary Club of Chennai Spotlight (Nov 2016) 
  • Thanjavur Kalyanaraman Endowment Award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai (Aug 2011)
  •  Special Award for concert for Sri Rama Seva Mandali, Bangalore (May 2011)
  •  2010 Artist Award from Saratoga Arts and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) under the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding.
  • Arts grant award in Oct 2009 from Town of Clifton Park's Community Arts and Culture Commission for notable work in promoting culture and music.
  • SOS (Strategic OpportunityStipend) Artist Grants from New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the ArtsCenter of the Capital Region in  2009, 2010 and 2011
  •  Performed for Ragachitram, a program on Indian music, for Queens Public Television. Performance telecast in public television programming in the NY city Metropolitan area. 
  •  Profiled/reviewed in Albany Times Union, The Record, Courier Journal, The Hindu, The Saratogian and Saratoga Community News newspapers (2009 and 2010). 
  •  Invited lecture at Department of Ethnomusicology, University of California – Santa Barbara and invited concert at RPI, Troy, NY, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  •  Invited workshop on Indian Classical Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
  •  Essay on Carnatic music selected for a “Top pick Knol Award” by 
  •  Recorded professional album under Kalavardhani label.
  •  Interviewed as a special guest on one of South Asia’s leading TV Channels, Sun TV, in their breakfast show in Jan 2006.
  •  Won prestigious music performance competitions conducted by cultural organizations in India such as Madras Music Academy, Mylapore Fine Arts Society, Youth Association for Classical Music and Narada Gana Sabha.
  •   Recipient of awards for the Best performance of the year from VDS Arts Academy, Chennai, India and Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai, India.
  •   Awarded merit scholarship for Music by Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, Government of India.
  •  Selected to perform in the Youth music talent promotion program conducted by State of Tamil Nadu, India and in the Youth music concert series conducted by the Music Academy, Madras.

Concert Experience

Chennai 2011 December season concertsincluded performances for

 Kartik Fine Arts

 Sri Kapali Fine Arts

 Mylapore Fine Arts

 Hamsavinodini

 Narada Gana Sabha

 Brahma Gana Sabha


Performed numerous concerts in various centers in India, Singapore and the USA, including the December music festival in Chennai, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Performance Venues include:

 The Directorate of Art and Culture, Madras
 Music Academy, Madras
 Chembur Fine Arts, Mumbai

 Music Circle, Chennai

 Charsur Arts Foundation, Chennai  

 Sree Rama Seva Mandali, Bangalore

 Bangalore Internationsl Centre, Bangalore

 The Indian fine arts society, Madras
 Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Madras
 Rasika Ranjani sabha, Madras
 Tirumala Tirupati devasthanams, Madras
 Ramana Kendra, Madras
 Hamsadhwani, Madras
 Satguru Sangeetha samajam, Madurai
 Tamizh Isai sangam, Karaikkudi

 Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Mysore

 Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society, Singapore

 Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Ohio

 Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
 Badarikashrama temple, San Leandro, California
 Sri Lakshmi temple, Ashland, Massachusetts

 Saratoga County Arts council, Saratoga Springs, NY

 Learnquest Academy of Music, Waltham, Massachusetts

 Hindu Temple of Kentucky, Louisville

 Swaralaya, Tampa Bay, FL

 Powai Fine Arts, Mumbai

 Sangati Center, San Francisco, CA

 India Cultural Center and University of Utah, Salt Lake City
 Hindusthani-Karnatik Music circle, New England
 Pallavi, Troy, NY
 University of CA – Santa Barbara – guest lecture in the Ethnomusicology Department
 Thyagaraja music society, Buffalo, New York
 Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY - workshop on Carnatic music
 Hindu temple, Malibu, California

 East Tennessee State University
 Fine arts association of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona
 Shiva Vishnu temple, Southwest Ranches, Florida

 Sankara Dhyana Mandira, Bangalore

 Srividya Temple, Rush, NY

 Clifton park-Halfmoon Public library, NY

 Podhigai TV, Chennai
 KCSB 91.9 FM in Santa Barbara, California and WRPI 91.5 FM in Troy, New York




Academic Background

  • B. Com, ACA, MBA
  • Awarded Chartered Financial Analyst (Global CFA) charter in 2006.
  • Chartered Accountant (India); Gold medalist - All India 2nd rank in Chartered Accountancy final exam in year 2000
  • MBA in finance from Boston College, USA – recipient of Dean’s merit scholarship
  • Selected for membership to National business honor society – Beta Gamma Sigma, USA

Sruti                   5.5 Kattai (G sharp)