Avasavala Kanyakumari hails from Vijayanagaram, a cultural hub in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Her tryst with the violin began at a very early age during when she came under the tutelage of Vijayaswara Rao and later from M. Chandrasekharan. The watershed in her career came in 1972. When her musical genius was given due recognition by the late Dr. M.L. Vasantha Kumari (MLV).

Kanyakumari went on to accompany MLV on her concert tours for the next 19 years. During her 1980 US tour, a Minneapolis violin collector who was amongst the audience, struck by her sterling performance, presented Kanyakumari with a violin from her collection. In 1990 Kanyakumari performed at the Tansen Utsav in NewDelhi. The celebrated Hindustani musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khan after hearing Kanyakumari’s concert, in a rare gesture, draped her with the same shawl that he was honored with on the same stage She has also accompanied besides MLV, flautist Dr. N.Ramani, vocalist.

Back to Index

Pancha Ratna Kritis


< Back |   < Home