SRIRAM PARASURAM

SRIRAM PARASURAM & ANOORADA SRIRAMSRIRAM PARASURAM hails from a family steeped in musical tradition. He started learning the violin at the age of 4 and as a child prodigy he gave his first public performance at the age of 8. Since then he has given well over 3000 violin solo concerts all over the world. His mother Smt. Parvathy Parasuram continues to be his primary Guru but Sriram Parasuram has also had the good fortune of training rigourously under esteemed Gurus such as Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri K.S. Narayanaswamy, and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri T.Viswanathan. For Hindustani music he is the sisya of the doyen and stalwart Padmabhushan Pandit C.R.Vyas.

Among the many accolades, awards and titles bestowed upon him, one of the most noteworthy is the President of India Gold medal for both Carnatic and Hindustani music in 1986. He was awarded a fellowship to study Western Classical violin in the U.S. and he completed his Master of Music Degree in Western Violin Performance from the University of Akron, Ohio, U.S.A. He proceeded further and did his Ph.D. in WORLD MUSIC from Wesleyan University, U.S.A. Besides his accomplishments in the field of music, Sriram Parasuram holds a mechanical engineering degree from University of Bombay, and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Other than classical music, Sriram Parasuram has made many succesful forays into the fields of jazz and popular music. He has collaborated, composed and performed with many musicians from different cultures such as Javanese Gamelan, West African drumming, and Japanese Koto. As a composer-singer, his Hindi pop album "Savariya" (His group known as "Three Brothers and a Violin") has received rave reviews and was awarded the Screen Videocon award for Best Composer and Best Album in 2000. In a unique project in 2005, Sriram Parasuram directed and performed with an ensemble giving live background score for the landmark 1924 silent film on Gautama Buddha "The light of Asia".

Alongwith his wife Anoorada Sriram, he has given Carnatic-Hindustani Jugalbandhi concerts all over the world, in a very unique format that has been hailed overwhelmingly as a most thrilling and innovative performance genre in recent times. He has recently entered the world of film music, having composed the music for Sri Manirathnam's production titled FIVE STAR, directed by Sri Susi Ganesan.

ANOORADA SRIRAM

ANOORADA SRIRAM, one of south India's leading playback singers, started her music training at the tender age of 6. Well versed in both Carnatic and Hindustani classical music, she is a double gold medal winner at both the B.A. and M.A. levels from Madras University. Anoorada is a student of musical luminaries such as Sri Tanjavur S. Kalyanaraman and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. T.Brinda. She has also trained extensively in Hindustani music under the veteran Pandit Manikbua Thakurdas. Anoorada has performed extensively all over India and U.S.A and has given many radio and TV programmes since the age of 12. She is also an accomplished Western Classical opera singer, having undergone intensive training from Prof. Shirley Meier in New York, U.S.A. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, U.S.A.

Anoorada Sriram is one of the film industry's most versatile singers having sung more than 2500 film songs in all the south Indian languages under all the leading music directors. She has also had numerous hits in Hindi films too. Among the many awards and titles that she has received notable are the Tamil Nadu State Kalai Manram's award for best female playback singer in 1996, the Karnataka State Award for best playback singer in 1999, The West Bengal State Award for best playback singer in 2004, two nominations for the national award, the Filmfare award for the best playback singer 2002, the inaugural International Tamil Film Award held in Malaysia in 2003 and many other awards such as Cinema Express, Dinakaran and Dinamalar awards. Most recently in 2006 she was awarded the prestigious Tamil Nadu State KALAIMAMANI award for her significant contribution to the field of music.

Her path breaking Tamil Pop album entitled CHENNAI GIRL released in 1997, was a super hit having crossed more than 3 lakh cassette sales worldwide. The title song video was the first Tamil album video to be aired on international channels such as MTV, Sony Television and V. CHENNAI GIRL won the Screen Videocon award for Best Pop Album in 1998, alongwith A.R.Rahman's Vande Mataram. The album is unique since Anoorada co-composed the album alongwith her husband Sriram Parasuram, and penned all the lyrics for the album too.

A very popular TV host and anchor and one of the most vibrant and sought after stage performers, Anoorada Sriram has staged shows to full houses all over the world in places such as Singapore, Malaysia, America, Gulf countries, South Africa, Australia, Europe, Canada etc.

 

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