Ajay Kumar Kuchipudi Artist Profile

Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar Kuchipudi Artist Profile
Ajay Kumar hails from Vijayawada, a great cultural center in A.P.He is one of the best known & admired figure in younger generation of classical dance, especially in "Kuchipudi Roopanu Rupam".
Initiated into Kuchipudi Dance at the tender age of 4,under the able guidance of Y.Venkateswarlu, and KV.Satyanarayana and success fully completed his Post Graduation in Kuchipudi Dance from Potti Sriramulu Telugu University.
Upholding the traditional values of Kuchipudi and with the blessings of his guru, he was portrayed the female roles in Kuchipudi Yaksha Ganas.He has several Solo Dance performances to his credit. Apart from the Solo performances with his own troupe, he performed all over India Dubai, Sharja,and United States of America, London, Muscat, Malaysia,Singapore.
He is presently working as a asst kuchipudi lecturer in govt music&dance college,vijayawada.
    Contact Details and Biodata
    Ch.Ajay Kumar
    D.no- 23-33-3
    Sri Anjali Towers
    Amali School Road

    Akil Ajay ( Vimmalesan) Mudiyettu Artist Profile

    Akil Ajay ( Vimmalesan)
    Akil Ajay ( Vimmalesan) Mudiyettu Artist Profile
    He is a mudiyettu artist and being a part of Sankarankutty Marar Smaraka Mudiyett Panchavadya Sangam, Keezhillam. He is also performing Kalamehuthum Pattum, Panchavadyam and Pancharimelam
      Contact Details and Biodata
      Vimmala ( H )
      Valayanchirangara .P.O

      Parvathy Baul | Baul music Profile

      Parvathy Baul
      Parvathy Baul Baul music Profile
      Parvathy Baul is a singer, painter and storyteller from West Bengal. After receiving her initial music and dance training during her childhood, she studied visual arts at the Kala Bhavan at Shantiniketan, the university founded by Rabindranath Tagore.
      Her meeting with the living tradition of Baul prompted her to choose the path of self-training in the Baul order rather than an institutional degree.
      Since 1995 she has performed in her home state Bengal and all over India. She was also invited to participate in several international festivals including Festival de l'imaginaire (Paris), Festival international du Conte et du Monodrame (Beirut, Libanon), and Ethnomad (Geneva, Switzerland).
      Her guest appearances include prestigeous venues like the Noh theatre atKyoto (Japan) together with Kamigata-mai and Kyogen Performers, the World Music Center New York, Chicago University, and Bread and Puppet Theatre (Vermont).
      She has contributed Baul songs, woodcut prints, and a documentary video to the new South Asian department, Tropenmuseum Amsterdam, (The Netherlands), 2008-18.
        Contact Details and Biodata
        Ekatara Baul Sangeeta Kallari
        Chittore House
        Nedumangad P. O. 695 541 Trivandrum Dist.
        Kerala India.

        Kinkini - Leading classical dance organization in Karnataka

        KINKINI is one of the leading organizations in Karnataka involved in the promotion, propagation and popularization of Indian classical dance forms of India, for the last 29 years Pursuant to one of its objectives of encouraging young and talented classical dancers by providing proper stage to perform, KINKINI has, since its inception in 1983 has been regularly conducting NRITHYOTSAVA, a national level annual festival of classical dances, featuring especially of young and highly talented performing artists, in tandem with eminent and established senior artists not only from Karnataka, but also from other States, before audiences comprising avid youngsters as well as connoisseurs and cognoscenti.. While Bangalore is the venue of these annual festivals, Kinkini has conducted festivals at Chennai,Mysore and Delhi. So far more than 700 dance artistes including dance troupes have been featured in the festivals.

        Karnataka Kalashri 
        Guru Smt.Rangashree 
        Artistic Director

        The festival is an eagerly awaited cultural event. The festival also provides an opportunity to lay persons to get an insight into the rich traditions of all forms of our classical dances .

        These programmes are open to public free of any charges and these accounts for record turnout of appreciative audiences every day.

        Kinkini has periodically been conducting workshops on different aspects of dance and seminar on subjects relating dance. It is involved in production and presentation of dance dramas and features for some of which with financial support from Government of India, Department of Culture has been received.

        Kinkini maintains a small reference library of books, journals, audio/video recordings on dance and music.

        Kinkini has a training section in Bangalore to train serious students interested in learning Bharatanatyam both in Bangalore and Kuwait. Technology has enabled Skype lessons drawing students from all over the globe.

        Funding for its activities are sought and received from the Government of Karnataka, and Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi besides raising resources from non-Government agencies.

        Activities of KINKINI have also been taken to places beyond the Country for which Guru.Rangashree, Artistic Director of KINKINI, performer and teacher of repute has been taking special interest. Kuwait chapter has been functioning since 2002 and its activities have won encomia from press and public alike. Kinkini Kuwait chapter is well known for its professional programme presentation.

        The high standards have never been a compromise for KINKINI when engaged in Propagation and popularization of Classical Dances in its purest form. The training wing of KINKINI under the baton of Guru.Rangashree has sincerity and dedication brought into foray 35 young talent who have performed their Arangetram and pursuing this fine art with sincerity and dedication


        Chembai Puraskaram

        Chembai Puraskaram
        Sree Guruvayurappan Chembai Puraskaram,instituted by Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayur,is instituted in memory of the late Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. The award, comprising a cash prize of Rs 50,001, a gold locket of Sree Guruvayurappan, a citation and ponnadai. The award will be presented during Chembai Music festival. Chembai Sangeetholsavam is an annual Carnatic music festival held in Guruvayur by the Guruvayur Devaswom (similar to the Thyagaraja Aradhana at Thiruvaiyaru) as a kind of homage to Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, one of the titans of Carnatic Classical Music.The Chembai Sangeetholsavam runs till November end. On the Ekadasi day, the concerts are dedicated to Chembai who was known for his musical prayers at this famed temple on Ekadasi. On this day, artistes will perform the pancharatna kritis and five favourite songs of Chembai.

        Award Winners

        Veena maestro A. Ananthapadmanabhan (2011)
        veena maestro A. Ananthapadmanabhan joined All India Radio, Thrissur, in 1975.Under his guidance, the Thrissur station of AIR produced several musical features that won acclaim at the national level. He has been selected for the Sangeeta Nataka Akademi Award in 2006.
        Carnatic musician K.G. Jayan (2010)
        Kalaratnam K.G.JAYAN (Jayavijaya) the only living disciple and torchbearer of the Ascended Master Padma Vibhooshan Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. Kalaratnam K.G. Jayan is in pursuit of creating new ragas in Carnatic music. His magnificent obsession is on research in Music Neurology.
        Carnatic vocalist Parassala Ponnammal (2009)
        Smt. Prof. Parassala B Ponnammal served as the Principal of RLV College of Music at Thripunithura for a decade. Smt. Ponnammal has the rare honor of being the first woman to sing at the Navaratri Mandapam at Thiruvanathapuram during the Navaratri Music festival.
        Mridangam maestro Mavelikkara Velukkutty Nair (2008)
        Prof. Mavelikkara K Velukkutty Nair is one of the legendry Mrudangam Maestro in Kerala. He had undergone preliminary lessons in Mridangam from father Mridanga Vidwan Muthukulam S. Kumara Pillai. Later undergone advanced training from Maestro Padmabhooshan Palghat Mani Iyer under Gurukula system for a period of 8 years.
        Carnatic vocalist M. Balamuralikrishna (2007)
        Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna is a Carnatic vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and a playback singer. He is also acclaimed as a poet, composer and respected by all Indian classical musicians for his knowledge of Carnatic Music.
        Violin maestro M.S. Gopalakrishnan (2006)
        He is a violinist in the field of Carnatic music. He has been a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Padma Sri, Kalaimamani, Sangeetha Kalanidhi and 1997 Sangeet Natak Akademi awards, and is commonly grouped with Lalgudi Jayaraman and T.N.Krishnan as part of the violin-trinity of carnatic music.
        Carnatic musician and mridangam maestro T V Gopalakrishnan (2005)
        TVG, as he is popularly known, was born in 1932 in a musical family at Thripunithura. He began accompanying the doyen of Carnatic music, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, initially on the mridangam. Thus began his long association with 

        Nadacharya Award

        Nadacharya Award
        Nadacharya is an award instituted by Agni Cultural Academy to identify and reward the best teacher in classical music. The best teacher who creates professionals in the field of classical music will be chosen by Agni. The Nadacharya title was conferred upon three renowned personalities in the field of Classical Music, since the award was instituted, and they are:

        Award Winners

        Mridangam maestro Mavelikkara Velukkutty Nair (2011)
        Prof. Mavelikkara K Velukkutty Nair is one of the legendry Mrudangam Maestro in Kerala. He had undergone preliminary lessons in Mridangam from father Mridanga Vidwan Muthukulam S. Kumara Pillai. Later undergone advanced training from Maestro Padmabhooshan Palghat Mani Iyer under Gurukula system for a period of 8 years.
        Smt. Parassala Ponnammal (2010)
        Smt. Prof. Parassala B Ponnammal served as the Principal of RLV College of Music at Thripunithura for a decade. Smt. Ponnammal has the rare honor of being the first woman to sing at the Navaratri Mandapam at Thiruvanathapuram during the Navaratri Music festival.
        veteran musician Sri. Mangad Natesan (2009)
        veteran musician cum great teacher
        Violin Mastero Ragaratnam Nedumangad Sivanandan (2008)
        He had taken his diploma Ganabhooshan from Sree Swathi Thirunnal Sangeetha College Trivandrum in the year 1954. Recognising his contributions in 2001 Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy honoured him with an Award.

        Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award

        Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award
        SWARALAYA is Kerala\'s reputed cultural organization dedicated to music and arts.Since its founding, Swaralaya has been tirelessly working to promote, revive,and maintain the coveted position of music in the cultural fibre of our society KAIRALI, Kerala\'s premier channel,growing through malayalee\'s soul, has now come up with various specialized music programmes to thrill music lovers in kerala. SWARALAYA YESUDAS AWARD is a prestigious award in recognition to the outstanding performance in the field of music, instituted jointly by Swaralaya and Kairali Channel. Awards have been given annually since 2000 and Swaralaya organizes the Gandharvasandhya every year as a coming together of the best and most renowned exponents in the art of music from all over the country.The festival becomes an occasion to honour and felicitate stalwarts with the prestigious Dr. K. J. Yesudas Awards.

        Swaralaya Yesudas Award

        M. G. Sreekumar (2011)
        M. G. Sreekumar is a two-time National Award-winning Indian playback singer and music director who works in Malayalam cinema. With a career of over 25 years, he is one of the prominent male singers in the Malayalam film industry. He is known for matching voice with Malayalam actor Mohanlal.
        Shreya Ghoshal (2010)
        Shreya Ghoshal is a playback singer in almost all indian languages. she received National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer along with Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. Since then, she has worked in more than 180 films and received four National Film Awards, four Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and four Filmfare Awards South.
        Sujatha Mohan (2009)
        Sujatha Mohan is an award-winning Indian playback singer who is popular for singing in Malayalam and Tamil movies. She is widely popular for her evergreen melodies and her sweet voice is considered to be her biggest asset. She has nearly 4,000 songs to her credit.
        Kavita Subramaniam (2008)
        Kavita Subramaniam is a well-known Indian film playback singer.She is classically trained and has sung a wide range of classical-based songs. In her career, she has worked with a variety of music composers, including R. D. Burman and A. R. Rahman. She is also the recipient of four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, including 3 consecutive awards in the period 1994–1996 and the prestigious Padmashri which she received in 2006.
        Shankar Mahadevan (2007)
        Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian music composer and singer. He is a part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy trio team that composes for Indian films and a playback singer.
        A.R. Rahman (2006)
        A R Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist. He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards, thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards and nominations.
        Sonu Nigam (2005)
        Sonu Nigam is an Indian playback singer whose songs have been featured in numerous Hindi and Kannada movies. He has also released numerous Indi-pop albums and acted in a few Hindi feature films.
        Hariharan (2004)
        Hariharan is an Indian playback singer and an established ghazal singer, and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music. His melody is strongly appreciated by the film fraternity. In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India and is a two time National Award winner.
        K.S. Chithra (2003)
        K. S. Chithra is an Indian playback singer Popularly referred to as Chinna Kuyil. Chitra sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music. She has recorded more than 19,000 film songs and is a recipient of six National Film Awards (the most by any female singer), five Filmfare Awards and more than thirty different state film awards. She is the only singer to have won all the 4 South Indian state awards till date.
        Asha Bhosle (2002)
        Asha Bhosle is one of most well-known Indian singers. She is best known as a Hindi playback singers, although she has a wider repertoire. Bhosle\'s career started in 1943 and has spanned over six decades. She has done playback singing for over a thousand Bollywood movies.
        S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (2001)
        He is referred to as S. P. B. or Balu by the media. He has won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer six times closely following K. J. Yesudas. He holds a record to have won the Nandi Awards twenty five times from Andhra Pradesh state government.
        P. Jayachandran (2000)
        National award winning Malayalam playback singer P. Jayachandran is a monumental figure in the Malayalam film industry.He has sung more than 1000 songs for Malayalam movies over the years and is affectionately called the Bhava Gayakan.

        Lifetime Achivement Award

        Shyam (2011)
        Lata Mangeshkar (2010)
        M.K. Arjunan Master (2009)
        M.S. Viswanathan (2008)
        V. Dakshinamoorthy (2007)
        K. Raghavan Master (2006)
        P. Susheela (2005)
        Santha. P. Nair (2004)
        P. Leela (2003)
        Manna Dey (2002)
        S. Janaki (2001)

        Sruti Magazine

        Sruti Magazine
             Sruti is India's leading monthly devoted to Indian classical music and dance and theatre. The target audience of Sruti comprises several groups. These include lay music and lay dance enthusiasts, connoisseurs, musicians, dancers, teachers, scholars and students of the fine arts, institutions and organisations active in the field and officials of Government agencies concerned with the arts.
             Featuring Carnatic music doyenne D K Pattammal and child prodigy Mandolin U Srinivas on its inaugural cover in October 1983, the magazine created quite a stir in artistic circles. It was without a parallel in English magazines then—or perhaps even now. That cover page spoke volumes about the magazine's twin objectives of preserving tradition and encouraging innovation, something Sruti has assiduously pursued ever since. Many customs that have today come to be recognised as established best practices in the performing arts especially in south India have been the result of Sruti's systematic campaigns in favour of good taste, decorum and performance excellence. Among its early triumphs was the restoration of the importance of ragam-tanam-pallavi, which had become conspicuous by its absence on the concert platform.
             For over two decades, Sruti has constantly practised what it preaches—adherence to high standards of authenticity, objectivity, sophisticated writing based on thorough research, and a healthy respect for individuals and institutions, balanced by an equally healthy irreverence towards holy cows. Sruti is not an academic journal, even though it carries scholarly and technical articles from time to time.
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        Vismayam :: Newsletter from Magic Academy

        Vismayam :: Newsletter from Magic Academy
             Vismayam Magical News is the mouthpiece of the Magic Academy. VMN is the newspaper of the Indian magicdom that serves update information on activities of the Magic Academy and its native magicians. It is the first and only registered newsletter that is regularly published and distributed to over five thousand Indian and foreign magicians. To get this monthly or to get your news published in it, please write to: magiceditor@gmail.com
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        Magic Academy
        Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram 695012
        Kerala, INDIA
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        Website ::www.muthukadu.com

        Keli Magazine

        Keli Magazine
             Keli has been the flagship publication of the Akademi since 1963. Research articles, studies and essays on music, dance, theatre and folk arts are its regular features. Originally launched as a tri-monthly, it soon became a monthly. Nowadays, it is brought out as a bi-monthly. The secretary of the Akademi is the editor of Keli. The first editor of the publication was Shri M R Bhattathiripad (MRB), prominent social reformer and acclaimed playwright.Keli has undergone sea-changes since the present administration of the Akademi assumed office in 2006. Plurality of topics, innovative perceptions and new approaches has transformed it into a reference journal presently. Also it provides authentic and updated information about art and culture. Worth mentioning is the centre-spread of each issue that showcases color pictures of distinguished artistes that could be a precious collection for any art lover.
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        Secretary: +91 – 9495 982 420,
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        Email:ksnakademi@gmail.com, kesanatcr@bsnl.in

        Sreerekha :: Monthly newsletter from Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan

        Sreerekha :: Monthly newsletter from Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan
             Sreerekha releases the detailed schedule of weekly and monthly programs of Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan. Every Saturday Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan conducts various cultural programmes with a view to promote the artists and artforms of Kerala. Press Releases are issued state wide through the Information & Public Relations Department inviting applications from applicants/cultural institutions for including their programme/performance in the weekly programme schedule. Interested applicants can submit the application to the Member Secretary Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan. After detailed scrutiny, the item will be included in the weekly schedule according to the merit and application seniority. In addition to the weekly programme, the following monthly programmes are also conducted.
              Kavyasandya (Poetry Eve)
              Mudra Festival
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        Website ::www.mpcc.kerala.gov.in

        Naada Vichaaram :: Bi-monthly malayalam magazine for classical arts

        Naada Vichaaram :: Bi-monthly malayalam magazine for classical arts
             Agni Cultural Academy promotes Classical Music and Artistes and also spreads awareness on how to appreciate music. Agni's new venture:- "Naada Vichaaram" a Bi-monthly malayalam magazine for classical arts.
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        Agni Cultural Academy,
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        Avantika “The Performing Arts Magazine”

        Avantika "The Performing Arts Magazine"
             Avantika A presentation of Indo Occidental Symbiosis brings the world of performing arts to your home. The finest Tradition of classical music, the most exotic of dance forms, and the most creative of theatre offered to you in all their splendour every month.
             Avantika is a premium Performing Arts magazine with a special focus on Indian Classical Music and Dance. It is the only Performing Arts magazine from IOS group catering to a niche audience with SEC A+ as our target group. 
             This one-stop Performing Arts magazine comprising the must-see, must-dos and must-knows of high society is your platform to reach out to your potential customers and in the right ambience.
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        Nartanam, a quarterly journal on Indian dance

        Nartanam, a quarterly journal on Indian dance
             Nartanam, a quarterly journal on Indian dance, bharatanatyam, Hindustani dance, kuchipudi, kathak, kathakali, manipuri, mohininattam, odissi, sattriya, theatre & other Indian performing arts. N
             Natanam, Published as a quarterly by the kuchipudi kala kendra, mumbai, provides a forum for scholarly dialogue on a borad range of topics concerning indian dance. Its concerns are theoretical as well as performative. Textual studies, dance criticism, intellectual and interpretative history of indian dance traditions are its focus. It publishes performance reviews which cover all major events in the field of classical dance in india and notes and comments on dance studies and performance abroad.
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        Aalaap :: Bi-monthly performing arts magazine

        Aalaap :: Bi-monthly performing arts magazine
             Aalaap is an initiative in the field of performing arts. It collaborates with artistes, aiding them in aspects of production, promotion, curation, etc.
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        Kalabharathi National Young Dance Fest 2013, Photo Gallery

        Kalabharathi National Young Dance Fest 2013 a three-day dance festival in Thiruvananthapuram, featured various form of indian classsical dance by the young talents across the country. 

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