Sangeetha Vidwan Sri.
A. Sundaresan will complete 6 decades of service to Carnatic music
this year. As a tribute, his disciples have arranged for a function to
felicitate and honour him. This felicitation will take place at Raga Sudha
Hall, Luz Avenue, Mylapore on Tuesday, August 9th.Vidwan Sri.
Sundaresan will sing a concert from 5.30 to 7.00 pm followed by the
felicitation function which will be graced by Sri. K. S. Mahadevan,
Sangita Kalanidhi Sri. N. Ramani, Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli,
Cleveland Sri. V. V. Sundaram, Sri. S. V. Krishnan of Nada Inbam and Sangita
Kala Acharya Sri. P. S. Narayanaswamy.
Sri. A. Sundaresan was born
on September 9th 1932. He took to music at a tender age of 5 and
old timers remember his involved presence in the concerts of maestros like GNB,
Alattur Brothers, Ramnad Krishnan, MDR and others even when he was just 10 yrs
old. His musical tutelage was first under Sri. Kittamani Bhagavathar, Sri.
Ramnad Krishnan, Alattur Brothers and Smt. D. K. Pattamal. When he started
performing in his teens all the stalwarts came forward to accompany him.
Giants like Sri. Palghat Mani Iyer encouraged and recommended and played for
him in many centers. Sri. Lalgudi Jayaraman, Sri. M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Sri.
Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Sri. Palghat Raghu and others joined to make his
concerts a big success which many elders remember to day.
Today Sri. A. Sundaresan is
one of the most sought after teachers. He has worked on varied aspects of
Carnatic Music. His forte is his ability to trace and revive a number of rare
kritis of the Trinity and other composers. He has performed a number of
lec-dems in India and abroad on various topics. He is known to inspire his
students with a lot of enthusiasm when he imparts to them his extensive
Recently he took part in the
Cleveland Tyagaraja Festival USA in which he demonstrated the rare kritis of
Shyama Sastri and spoke about his life and time. Thereafter he travelled to
Sacramento, USA where he taught music for a period of three months. He covered
Swarajathis and geethams by Shyama Sastri and varnams & rare kritis of the
Trinity. He has trained a number of students many of whom are settled abroad
and teach music. Having taught at the Music Academy Madras for a number of
years he has trained many a student of the advanced music course there. Some
of his students who are performing regularly are Smt. Gayathri Venkataraghavan,
Smt. Savita Sriram, Smt. Vasumathi Desikan, Sri. A. Boothalingam and Smt.V.
Sankari. His students who are in the USA include Smt. Sujatha Srinivasan who
is also an accomplished dancer and Smt. Haripriya Raghavan. A number of his
disciples such as Sri. Lakshmanan, Sri. Sankaran and Sri. Ravindran teach
music. He is also training a number of little children. His variations of the
basic lessons like the Alankarams and rare Geethams keep these little ones
very interested in learning. He strongly believes that little children will
carry the torch of Carnatic music into the future.
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Gems of Shyama Shastri' & 'Vintage Live Recordings' of Sri. Sundaresan