Sri T V Shankarnarayanan

Padmabhushan & Sangeetha Kalanidhi

  • Sri T V Shankarnarayanan (Vocal)
  • Sri Trivandran N. Saampath (Violin)
  • Sri Tanjore K. Murugaboopathi (Mridangam)

Venue: West Cary Middle School, Cary NC

Saturday: May 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm


T. V. Sankaranarayanan is an eminent and popular Carnatic vocalist (South Indian classical singer), known for his vibrant music that essentially stems from the style of his late uncle - guru, Madurai Mani Iyer . Padma Bhushan Sankaranarayanan, a winner of the Sangeetha Kalanidhi award instituted by the Madras Music Academy , is particularly noted for the easy reach of his voice to the upper notes and colorful delineation of the Swaraprastaram ( solfège ). He was born in Mayiladuturai of Thanjavur district in the state of Tamil Nadu in south India . At the age of nine, he started learnin g music from his uncle, Madurai Mani Iyer. He made his debut on the concert platform in 1968 and then gradually established himself as a Carnatic vocalist. His emotion - laden style of singing has won him a large following among music lovers. He has performed widely at home and abroad and has several albums to his credit. In a profile published in the Financial Express , Subbudu, a music critic, once w rote: "Sankaranarayanan is indeed an asset to the Carnatic music world, where the tribe of good vocalists is dwindling."


Trivandrum N. Sampath's dexterity on the violin makes him one of the most sought after accompanists on the Carnatic concert circuit in Kerala. He “has had the privilege” of accompanying many senior musicians such as T.V. Sankaranarayanan, O.S. Thyagarajan, T.K. Gopalakrishnan, M athangi Satyamoorthy, Parassala Ponnammal, Sreevalsan J. Menon, Trichur V. Ramachandran, and Ravikiran, to name a few. Sampath believes in kelvinjanam – knowledge through listening – and believes that “the key to excelling as a violinist lies in constantly updating and expanding one's
repertoire of ragas and compositions.” Sampath is at present an A - grade artiste of All India Radio, and is also studying for a doctorate at his alma mater, Sree Swati Tirunal Government College of Music, Thiruvananthapuram, where he is researching on Tygaraja kritis in raga Thodi.


Tanjore K. Murugaboopathi is one of the topmost mridangam players of today. He had his initial training under Mridanga Vidwan, T.R. Srinivasan at Tamil Nadu Music College Chennai. After about two ye ars of stage experience, he underwent further training in the gurukula tradition under the Late Mridangam Maestro Tanjore Upendran for over 10 years. Murugaboopathi’s percussion career has been a colorful spectrum of accompaniment to a legion of reputable virtuosos in Carnatic Vocal and Instrumental music. His techniques and creative ability in accompaniment, solo renditions, and jugalbandi programs have earned him a critical acclaim around the world. He has participated and conducted numerous outreach prog rams (lecture demonstrations, music conferences and seminars) in various countries including the United States, Europe, Australia and East Asia. He has been instrumental in providing support, direction and guidance towards incubating several arts organizat ions in various parts of the world. Murugaboopathi has received several awards over the years such as Kalaimamani and Laya Kala Ratna.