Sowmya
Sowmya

As a childprodigy at the age of 21, Sowmya received her early Music lessons from her father Dr. M Srinivasan, and later came under the influence of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr .S Ramanathan and blossomed into a fine concert vocalist straight away. She also sharpened her skills under Smt. T . Muktha. Winning gold medals and prizes from Music competitions at Schools and College levels became a regular habit for her and she followed this up by bagging several awards from Music Academy, Tamil Isai Sangam, All India Radio, etc The Central Sangeetha Natak Academy and the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram sponsored her concerts at various centres. Her melodious music has enthralled audiences all ovr the world including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong,Malaysia, Singapore and Muscat She has renderd more than 1000 concerts in India and released several audio cassettes, CDs which are popular. She is a regular performer of AIR (All India Radio) and Doordarshan She is also intensively involved in the propagation of Tamil Isai A gold medalist in B.Sc. (Chemistry) she also holds an M.Sc. (Chemistry) from IIT, Chennai She is an IIT Blue (the honour which is bestowed on students excelling in academics and cultural activities.)

TITLES & HONOURS

* Sangeetha Saptha Sagara, Shanthi Arts Foundation, Chennai, 2005
* Bala Ratna, Shri Bala Tripurasundari Peetham, Nemili, 2005
* Asthana Vidushi, Sri Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham, 2003
* Isai Peroli, Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai, 1996
* Yuva Kala Bharathi, Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, 1990
* Sahithyapriya, Jan Kalyan (Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham), Kanchipuram
* Tamil Isai Chelvi, Australian Tamil Foundation, 2001
* Rasika Kala Ratna, Rasikapriya, Sydney, Australia, 2001
* Sangeetha Kala Bharathy, Needamangalam VVS Foundation, Chennai, 2001
* Nada Oli, Nada Inbam, Chennai, 2001
* Nada Bhushanam, Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, New Delhi, 2002

AWARDS

Awards from Music Academy, Chennai

* Kshetragnar Padam Prize, 1985
* MLV Award, Outstanding young vocalist, 1986
* Pankajam Rajam Award, 1987
* D.K. Pattammal Award, 1988
* T.V. Subba Rao Award, 1989
* D.K. Pattammal & T.V. Subba Rao Award, 1990
* Pappu Kamakshiamma Award (Best sub-senior vocalist), 1993
* G. Ramakrishna Iyer Award (Sub- senior Vocalist), 1994
* T. R. Rajagopala Iyer Award (Best Raga Alapana), 1995
* Ariyakudi Trust Award (Best Lady Vocalist), 1996
* Srirangam Gopalaratnam Award (Best Lady Vocalist), 1997
* Outstanding Lady Vocalist - Senior, 2000
* Outstanding Lady Vocalist - Senior, 2001
* Srirangam Gopalaratnam Award, 2005

Other Awards

* AIR Music competition prize, Classical Vocal and Light Classical, 1987
* Rajaji Tambura Prize, Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai, 1983
* Annamalai Vallal Prize, Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai, 1980
* First prize, Talent Promotion Concert, Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai,1984
* 6-year Cultural Talent Scholarship for Instrumental Music (Veena), Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India, New Delhi (at the age of 10)
* Sponsored by Central Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi for "Yuva Prathibha Mela", Thiruvananthapuram, 1987

PERFORMANCES, ACTIVITIES & ACHIEVEMENTS

* Co-author of Nadanubhava, the world's first encyclopedic CD-ROM on Carnatic Music
* Co-creator of "Nadopasana - My Own Carnatic Tutor", the world's first self-help Carnatic music guru based on Video CD & Karaoke format
* First Carnatic musician to make a Video CD album (Live concert of Mahakavi Bharatiyar songs)
* Lecture-demonstrations and workshops for SPIC-MACAY, YACM (Chennai) and various universities worldwide
* 'A' Grade Artiste, AIR and Doordarshan, Madras
* South Zone Hookup and National Programmes on AIR
* Main concert at the Radio Sangeet Sammelan, New Delhi, 1999
* World Tamil Conference, Tanjore, 1995
* Conference Chair, Millennium Conference of the Indian Fine Arts Society, Singapore (Paper: "Triumph of Technology in Traditional Arts")
* Artiste of Choice - Tamil Isai Nataka Mandram, Chennai, for concerts at selected centres in Tamil Nadu, 1988
* Associated since childhood, with Ramalingar Pani Mandram, Chennai to propagate Ramalingar's "Arutpa")
* Vocal support to Dr. S. Ramanathan & Smt. T. Muktha
* Jugal Bandhi with Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarthy, Madras Bengal Association
* Gandhi Smriti Concert on Martyr's Day, Dept. of Culture, New Delhi

OVERSEAS TOURS

USA, UK, France, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Oman (for concerts, lecture-demonstrations, workshops and teaching assignments)

ACADEMICS

* II Rank Holder and Gold Medallist in B.Sc. (Chemistry), Madras University, 1990
* M.Sc. (Chemistry), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1992
* I.I.T. Blue, for excellence in Academics and cultural activities, 1992
* I Rank Holder, B. A. (Indian Music), University of Madras, 1996
* I Rank Holder and Gold Medallist in M. A. (Indian Music), University of Madras, 1998
* Paper on "Microwave Enhanced Reactions in Carbohydrate Chemistry" in Synthetic Communications
* Royal Institute of Chemistry award for Chemistry quiz conducted at the school and college levels

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