Topic started by av (@ 220.127.116.11) on Sun May 11 19:04:16 EDT 2003.
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Sudha inherited an interest in music from her mother Smt Choodamani. She started formal training from Smt. Choodamani right from the age of nine. She later learnt from Sri. T. V Viswanathan and studied from Sri. B.V. Lakshman for a brief period.
Sudha came under the tutelage of the illustrious Padmabhushan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi, Dr. M.L Vasantha Kumari in 1977, when she won a Govt. of India Scholarship given to young artistes for advanced training in music. It was only with Dr. M.L. V's encouragement that Sudha pursued music as a career. Sudha had the golden opportunity of providing vocal support to Dr. MLV for a decade. She is considered as Dr. M.L.V's "vaarisu" by all music lovers.
Sudha considers learning to be a life long process and strives to improve her knowledge and repertoire. She is a quick learner and is research oriented which is very evident in her lecture-demonstrations, very popular among her fans.
Sudha has performed concerts in all the major cities in India. Besides, she has undertaken concert tours all over the world at the invitation of prestigious institutions abroad. She is regarded highly by other reputed musicians from the Carnatic and the Hindustani music circles.
Sudha is a Top Ranking artiste of the All India Radio, Chennai and performs regularly on AIR and Doordharshan. She has also performed on various other TV networks.For the Radio Sangeeth Sammelan series of concerts conducted by the AIR,Sudha performed at Hassan,Karnataka on October 10,1992.
Sudha has to her credit commercial cassettes and compact discs of Classical and Devotional music released by many leading recording companies .The banners include, Amutham Inc.(New York);AVM Audio; MusicToday;Vani Recording Co.;HMV; INRECO;T-Series;Geethanjali, Amutham Music Pvt Ltd. chennai.etc.
Academically,Sudha is a Post Graduate in Economics,and has the distinction of being awarded the Most Outstanding Student of the Ethiraj College,Madras for three years in sucession .Besides music,Sudha has at college level acclaimed credit in other fields such as debates,quiz,dramatics and essay writing. She was treasurer and later the Vice President of the Students Union and won the service to college prestigious medal.
Sudha has the unique privilege of being the
ASTHANA VIDUSHI' of The SRI SRINGERI SHARADA PEETAM,
SRINGERY The ANDAVAN ASHRAMAM,
SRIRANGAM The AHOBILA MUTT
In continuing tradition, despite her tight schedules and frequent trips Sudha trains a handful of talented and aspiring young students.
- From: av (@ 18.104.22.168)
on: Sun May 11 19:17:32 EDT 2003
Musicindiaonline has samples of some of the very best performances of Sudha Raghunathan that I have heard (through tapes). Some of them are:
Ananda Natam Aduvar (what a very poignant and touching rendition, how infused with feeling!)
Natanam Adinar (Ragam Vasantha)
Thaaye Yashoda (Ragam: Thodi)
Thillana in Ragam Hindolam
Shri Chakra Raaja Shree Lalitha Ambikeshwari
Marugelara O Raghava
Sendru Vaa Nee Radhe
En Palli Kondeeriah
In all of the above, Sudha's fantastic breath control and expressive power are brought to the fore. One falls miserably short of words to describe the complex gamakaas that she innovatively introduces at several hundred places throughout the composition, and with what felicity!. The flexibility and fluidity of her vocals are superbly brought to fore especially in the "thaaye yashoda" piece in Thodi raagam.
Her performance in "kannan nee isai naadha oviyum" in Ilayaraaja's Ivann is a mere reconfirmation her superlative talents. Her starting alaap and the several embellishments to the composition she has added are a miracle to be heard (and over and over again!).
I wish and wish there were more performances of Sudha Ragunathan online!
- From: pranav (@ 22.214.171.124)
on: Tue May 13 05:12:06 EDT 2003
Aasai Padu Penne Aasai Padu
- From: Kutty (@ 126.96.36.199)
on: Tue May 13 08:16:42 EDT 2003
"Vignavinayaka moorhikku mangalam"- one of the concluding songs sung in Madyamavathi in her casette with vinayaka sthusis leaves your mind in peace. She is a great singer!
- From: mythila (@ 188.8.131.52)
on: Tue May 13 09:32:29 EDT 2003
How was her programme during this December isai vizha?
I read in Kalki that she was planning to bring forth many old, forgotten,rare MLV's numbers. Can somebody give a brief review of this year's music festival?
- From: Prabhu (@ 184.108.40.206)
on: Tue May 13 09:58:43 EDT 2003
Mythila, dunno how many tfmdf visitors are from Chennai. Vikadan carried out some reviews, Sanjay Sub's was there, dont remember about Sudha.
I nearly got the rare luck of attending KJY and SPB(light) live on back-to-back days. But leave got cancelled at the last moment :-((
I think you will definitely get Music Season reviews from carnatica.com/sangeetham.com. chennaionline.com used to have the schedules with
an excellent query feature.
- From: sandya (@ 220.127.116.11)
on: Thu May 15 02:24:20 EDT 2003
Sri Vigna rajam bhaje in her CD on Kalinganardhanam is the best song in Gambeeranatai
- From: av (@ )
on: Sat Jun 21 13:42:24 EDT 2003
I have been listening to "Natam Adinar" rendered by Sudha Raghunathan for the past 2 hours. I can go on and on infinitely. I just love her slightly rough voice. She exhibits stunning flexibility in transitions. To add to this are some wonderful tarana recitations. Wonderful!
- From: Janaka sudha (@ )
on: Mon May 10 14:33:52 EDT 2004
ur songs at rr sabha this dec-2003. was simply great only god can praise you not an ordinary person. you are great......
- From: Mourougappane (@ )
on: Fri Jul 2 03:01:02 EDT 2004
any 1 has Dr. Sudha Ragunathans Bharathiar songs in vcd?
- From: fan (@ 18.104.22.168)
on: Sun Jul 4 07:21:05 EDT 2004
Congrats sudha-ji on padma shri
- From: mahes (@ )
on: Wed Oct 20 01:51:19 EDT 2004
i need this song sri vigna rajambheje audio!
may i know if anyone know of the site where i can download this song please?
- From: mal (@ 22.214.171.124)
on: Mon Oct 25 00:45:34 EDT 2004
Want lyrics for Natanam Adinar (Ragam Vasantha)
with notations if possible. thx
- From: ARAVIND (@ )
on: Wed Nov 17 22:51:07 EST 2004
I am Aravind, agreat fan of Sudha Ragunathan.. to very frankly say, she is my 'Manasika Guru'. I am an upcoming vocal artiste from India. I am presently working at TELCO Lucknow and am performing in nearly 7 leading sabhas during December, this year.I ahve been watching Sudha Ragunathan from day one, I have been introduced to her.I can say that there is a lot to learnand i ahve stydied her so muchj that i cna easily guess what will be her next move in any kutcheri and can easliy tell the song which she will be singing, given a raga.
- From: ARAVIND (@ 126.96.36.199)
on: Wed Nov 17 22:56:50 EST 2004
Please listen to the Ragam Thanam Pallavi of Sudha Ragunathan specially the ones set to Kanda jaathi triputa thaalam and kanda nadai. Sudha has a penchant to prathimadhyama ragas. Her delination of shanmugapriya is amazing...I mean i have no words...Please listen to Sudha's RTPs in Music Aademy Cassetes Volumes 1992,1993,1994 Shamugapriya, Vaachaspathi and Naataikuranji excellent
Like MLV, she also sings many pallavis in Naatai Kuranji.. I have attended so many concerts when i was young and i also ahve all cassetes she has released which are relevant to me
- From: ARAVIND (@ 188.8.131.52)
on: Wed Nov 17 23:01:03 EST 2004
You know, she is very clever in releasing new songs to the public. She chooses songs very nicely and her list is always amazing.. I also list songs for my concerts in consonance with hers...
Every season she chooses to release 2 songs or 3 max .. in rare ragas.Say Raka sashivadan, Enthanivina, Mudu momu, sudha maadurya, Sree chakraraja etc... the list goes on
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