Children Kaushik Malavika
Name Sudha Ragunathan
|Occupation Singer, composer|
Spouse Raghunathan (m. 1982)
Parents Choodamani, R. Chudamani
|Born 30 AprilBangalore|
Alma mater Ethiraj College for Women
Role Vocalist · sudharagunathan.com
Education Good Shepherd Convent, Chennai
Albums Marriage Songs, Classical Vocal, San Marga
Similar People Nithyasree Mahadevan, Bombay Jayashri, M Balamuralikrishna, P Unni Krishnan, Harris Jayaraj
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Sudha Raghunathan is a Carnatic vocalist and composer from South India. She was conferred the Kalaimamani award by the Government of Tamilnadu in 1994, Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2015) by the Government of India.
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- Early life and education
- Performances and critical reception
- Concert performances
- Other Music
- Personal life
8th annual music festival 2017 thyagaraja aradhane karnatik vocal by sudha ragunathan
Early life and education
Sudha Raghunathan was born in Bangalore, Karnataka. In 1977, her family moved to Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She studied at Ethiraj College, and obtained a postgraduate degree in economics.
Sudha Raghunathan received her initial training in Carnatic music from her mother V. Choodamani. From the age of three, she began to learn bhajans, Hindu devotional songs. Her tutelage continued under B. V. Lakshman. In 1977, she received an Indian government scholarship to study music under a doyenne of Carnatic music, Dr. M.L Vasantha Kumari, whose student she remained for thirteen years.
Trained under Dr. ML Vasanthakumari in the gurukula style, it involved considerable amounts of listening to the teacher and other practitioners to absorb their style and oeuvre. Part of her duties involved the accompaniment on the tanpura of her teacher during concerts, and also accompanying her during concerts. In her own words, "A period of 13 years from 1977 to 1990, a phase of complete absorption and internalisation! There was no teaching in a formal atmosphere. We learnt while being with her during the kutcheris (concerts). We would record her singing in our minds and then replay it while learning the intricacies. It was a very challenging and different experience and as I had begun learning very early from her, my mind was like a sponge and absorbed whatever I heard".
As of January 2015, she is preparing to debut in Kollywood as a music director with the upcoming Tamil film 'Thanneer' based on a Novel published in 2009 by Ashoka Mitran.
Performances and critical reception
Sudha Raghunathan has performed at the Madras Music Season every year since 1990, when her teacher Vasanthakumari died. She is considered one of India's leading Carnatic performers. In 2013 she was awarded the Sangita Kalanidhi of the Madras Music Academy. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian honor, in January 2015.
The first UN released stamp to honour India’s carnatic music artist M S Subbulakshmi, was presented to Raghunathan to honour her performance at the UN.Oct 2016.
Ragunathan has performed and collaborated with other artists all over the world. She has performed at the United Nations, and the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris. Sudha performed at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Centre, at New York Broadway to commemorate 50 years of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Sudha is the only Indian vocalist to have participated in the Global Vocal Meeting organized by the 'Burghof,' an Academy of Music and Arts at Lorrach, Germany and produced by Stimmen Voices International Vocal Festival.
Ragunathan has also performed as a playback singer in the Tamil cinema. She got her first break as playback singer under Illayaraja in the movie 'Ivan', performing the song,'Enna Enna Sethai'. Besides the Carnatic repertoire, Raghunathan has also explored the world music scene, in particular fusion music.
Following Carnatic musicians, Sudha Raghunathan has also taught the tradition to her students. Sudha also plans to start her own 'Sangeetha Gurukulam' to provide vocal music training to continue the rich musical heritage that her Guru always believed in
Sudha Raghunathan is married and has two children.
She is known for her charitable work, heading the Samudaaya Foundation that provides healthcare to the poor. The foundation has also raised funds for victims of the Gujarat earthquake and cyclone relief in Orissa.