N. Vijay Siva
Vijay SivaBorn to Smt. Akhila Siva and Sr. A.N. Siva on 29th March, 1967, Vijay Siva had his schooling in Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School, Chennai, graduated with a First Class from Vivekananda College, Chennai and secured masters degree in Commerce from Madurai Kamaraj University.

Vijay Siva exhibited a rare intuitive capacity to identify ragas at the age of four. Disciple of Sangita Kalanidhi Sri D.K. Jayaraman since 1977 and earlier learnt music from mother, a vocal musician from Carnatic Music College, Chennai. Also an accomplished Mridangist with a B.High AIR Grade, having been trained by Kumbakonam Sri Rajappa Iyer. At present receives guidance in vocal music from Smt. D.K. Pattammal.

Awardee of Government of India Cultural Scholarship for vocal music from 1979 to 1987. Secured more than hundred prizes both for music and for mrudangam including the first prize for Thevaram, Thiruvachakam and Thirupugazh in 1974, the coveted Rajaji Tamboora in 1981 - both from Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai and first prizes in Classical and Light Classical Music Competitions conducted by AIR in 1984.

Given a number of concerts in important centres in India and participated in the Music Festivals of Sangeet Natak Academy - one at Bhubaneshwar as a Mridangist and another at Chennai as vocalist.

Passed the Higher Grade Examination with distinction in vocal music conducted by the Tamil Nadu Government in 1984 and Sangeet Alankar Course conducted by the Gandharva Mahaviyalaya, New Delhi.

  • Has recored for leading cassette publishing companies.
  • An 'A' Grade vocalist in AIR
  • Toured USA and Singapore in 1993.
  • Awarded "Youth Award for Excellence" by Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust in 1995. Awarded the title "ISAI PEROLI" by Karthik Fine Arts for the year 1995.
  • First Recipient of "Kalki Krishnamurthy Award" (1996) presented by Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Trust, Chennai.
  • Founder Secretary of the Youth Association for Classical Music (YACM) an organisation to promote young Musicians and rasikas.
  • Presented Carnatic Music based serial for Satellite Televisions.

Other Accomplishments

A stage actor and taken part in state and Television plays. Attained the Silver Standard of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. A regular blood donor.

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