Padma Awards for Musicians

Padma Awards for 2012 have been announced and the following are the Indian Classical musicians who have been honored with the same:

Padma Bhushan:

  • Shri M.S. Gopalakrishnan (Carnatic – Violin)
  • Shri T.V. Gopalakrishnan (Carnatic – Vocal & Mrudangam)
  • Pt. Buddhadev Das Gupta (Hindustani – Sarod)

Padma Shri:

  • Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (Hindustani – Vocal)
  • Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan (Hindustani – Sitar)
  • Gundecha Brothers (Hindustani – Vocal)
  • Shri Anup Jalota (Vocal)

 

The complete list of awardees is as follows (Source: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=79881 )

 

Padma Vibhushan

 

SlNo. Name Discipline State/ Domicile
1. Shri K GSubramanyan Art-Painting & Sculpture West Bengal
2. Late Shri Mario De Miranda Art-Cartoonist Goa*
3. Late (Dr.)BhupenHazarika Art- Vocal Music Assam*
4. Dr. KantilalHastimal Sancheti Medicine – Orthopedics Maharashtra
5. Shri T VRajeswar Civil Service Delhi

Padma Bhushan

 

SlNo.

Name

Discipline

State/ Domicile

Smt. Shabana Azmi Art – Cinema Maharashtra
Shri KhaledChoudhury Art – Theatre West Bengal
Shri Jatin Das Art – Painting Delhi
Pandit BuddhadevDas Gupta Art – Instrumental Music – Sarod West Bengal
Shri DharmendraSingh Deol aliasDharmendra Art – Cinema Maharashtra
Dr. TrippunithwraViswanathanGopalkrishnan Art – Classical vocal and instrumental music Tamil Nadu
Ms. Mira Nair Art – Cinema Delhi
Shri M.S.Gopalakrishnan Art – Instrumental Music-Violin Tamil Nadu
Shri Anish Kapoor Art – Sculpture UK*
Shri Satya NarayanGoenka Social Work Maharashtra
Dr. (Judge) PatibandlaChandrasekhar Rao Public Affairs Germany*
Shri George Yong-Boon Yeo Public Affairs Singapore*
Prof. ShashikumarChitre Science and Engineering Maharashtra
Dr. M S Raghunathan Science and Engineering Maharashtra
Shri SubbiahMurugappa Vellayan Trade and Industry Tamil Nadu
Shri BalasubramanianMuthuraman Trade and Industry Maharashtra
Dr. Suresh H. Advani Medicine – Oncology Maharashtra
Dr. Noshir H Wadia Medicine-Neurology Maharashtra
Dr. Devi PrasadShetty Medicine-Cardiology Karnataka
Prof. (Dr.) ShantaramBalwant Mujumdar Literature and Education Maharashtra
Prof. Vidya Dehejia Literature and Education USA*
Prof. ArvindPanagariya Literature and Education USA*
Dr. Jose Pereira Literature and Education USA*
Dr. Homi K. Bhabha Literature and Education UK *
Shri N Vittal Civil Service Kerala
Shri Mata Prasad Civil Service Uttar Pradesh
Shri Ronen Sen Civil Service West Bengal

Padma Shri

SlNo.

Name

Discipline

State/ Domicile

Shri Vanraj Bhatia Art – Music Maharashtra
Shri Zia FariduddinDagar Art – Music – vocal Maharashtra
Smt. NameirakpamIbemni Devi Art – Music-Khongjom Parba Manipur
Shri RamachandraSubraya Hegde Chittani Art - Yakshaganadance drama Karnataka
Shri Moti Lal Kemmu Art – Playwright Jammu and Kashmir
Shri Shahid ParvezKhan Art – Instrumental Music-Sitar Maharashtra
Shri Mohan LalKumhar Art – Terracotta Rajasthan
Shri Sakar KhanManganiar Art – Rajasthani Folk Music Rajasthan
Smt. Joy Michael Art – Theatre Delhi
Dr. Minati Mishra Art – Indian Classical Dance-Odissi. Orissa
Shri NatesanMuthuswamy Art – Theatre. Tamil Nadu
Smt. R.Nagarathnamma Art – Theatre Karnataka
Shri KalamandalmSivan Nambootiri Art – Indian Classical Dance-Kutiyattam Kerala
Smt. YamunabaiWaikar Art – Indian Folk Music-Lavani. Maharashtra
Shri Satish Alekar Art – Playwright Maharashtra
Pandit Gopal PrasadDubey Art – Chhau dance and choreography Jharkhand
Shri RamakantGundecha # Art – Indian Classical Music- Vocal Madhya Pradesh
Shri UmakantGundecha # Art – Indian Classical Music- Vocal Madhya Pradesh
Shri Anup Jalota Art-Indian Classical Music- Vocal Maharashtra
Shri Soman NairPriyadarsan Art – Cinema- Direction Kerala
Shri Sunil Janah Art-Photography Assam

 

Ms. Laila Tyebji Art-Handicrafts Delhi
Shri Vijay Sharma Art-Painting Himachal Pradesh
Smt. ShamshadBegum Social Work Chattisgarh
Smt. Reeta Devi Social Work Delhi
Dr. P.K. Gopal Social Work Tamil Nadu
Smt. Phoolbasan BaiYadav Social Work Chattisgarh
Dr. G. Muniratnam Social Work Andhra Pradesh
Shri NiranjanPranshankar Pandya Social Work Maharashtra
Dr. Uma Tuli Social Work Delhi
Shri Sat Paul Varma Social Work Jammu and Kashmir
Smt.Binny Yanga Social Work Arunachal Pradesh
Shri Yezdi HirjiMalegam Public Affairs Maharashtra

Shri Pravin H. Parekh Pubic Affairs Delhi
Dr. V. Adimurthy Science and Engineering Kerala
Dr. Krishna LalChadha Science and Engineering – Agriculture Delhi
Prof. Virander SinghChauhan Science and Engineering Delhi
Prof. RameshwarNath Koul Bamezai Science and Engineering Jammu and Kashmir
Dr. Vijaypal Singh Science and Engineering – Agricultural Research Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Lokesh KumarSinghal Science and Engineering Punjab
Dr. YagnaswamiSundara Rajan Science and Engineering Karnataka
Prof. Jagadish Shukla Science and Engineering USA*
Ms. Priya Paul Trade and Industry Delhi
Shri Shoji Shiba Trade and Industry Japan*
Shri Gopinath Pillai Trade and Industry Singapore*
Shri Arun HastimalFirodia Trade and Industry Maharashtra
Dr. Swati A. Piramal Trade and Industry Maharashtra
Prof. Mahdi Hasan Medicine-Anatomy Uttar Pradesh
Dr. ViswanathanMohan Medicine – Diabetology Tamil Nadu
Dr. J. HareendranNair Medicine – Ayurveda Kerala
Dr. VallalarpuramSennimalai Natarajan Medicine – Geriatrics Tamil Nadu
Dr. Jitendra Kumar Singh Medicine – Oncology Bihar
Dr. Shrinivas S.Vaishya Medicine-Healthcare Daman and Diu
Dr. Nitya Anand Medicine – Drugs Research Uttar Pradesh
Late Dr. JugalKishore Medicine – Homoeopathy Delhi *
Dr. Mukesh Batra Medicine-Homeopathy Maharashtra
Dr. Eberhard Fischer Literature and Education Switzerland*
Shri Kedar Gurung Literature and Education Sikkim
Shri Surjit Singh Patar Literature and Education – Poetry Punjab
Shri Vijay DuttShridhar Literature and Education – Journalism Madhya Pradesh
Shri Irwin Allan Sealy Literature and Education Uttarakhand
Ms. GeetaDharmarajan Literature and Education Delhi
Prof. SachchidanandSahai Literature and Education Haryana
Smt. Pepita Seth Literature and Education Kerala
Dr. Ralte L.Thanmawia Literature and Education Mizoram
Shri Ajeet Bajaj Sports – Skiing Delhi
Smt. Jhulan Goswami Sports – Women’s Cricket West Bengal
Shri Zafar Iqbal Sports-Hockey Uttar Pradesh
Shri Devendra Jhajrija Sports – Athletics- Paralympics Rajasthan
Shri Limba Ram Sports – Archery Rajasthan
Shri Syed MohammedArif Sports – Badminton Andhra Pradesh
Prof. Ravi Chaturvedi Sports- Commentary Delhi
Shri PrabhakarVaidya Sports-Physical Education Maharashtra
Shri T. VenkatapathiReddiar Others-Horticulture Puducherry
Dr. K. (Kota) UllasKaranth Others-Wildlife Conservation and Environment Protection Karnataka
Shri K Paddayya Others-Archaeology Maharashtra
Shri Swapan Guha Others-Ceramics Rajasthan
Dr. Kartikeya V. Sarabhai Others – Environmental Education Gujarat

 

Note* indicates awardees in the category of Foreigners / NRIs/ PIOs/ Posthumous.

# indicates duo case.

Concert for MFAC – 31 Dec 2010

Played mrudangam for the vocal concert of S.R. Mytreyi. The concert was organized by the Mylapore Fine Arts Club (MFAC) as a part of their music season concert series.

The song list was as follows:

Vocal:  S.R. Mytreyi

ViolinR. Priyamvada

Mrudangam:  R. Ramkumar


Venue:  MFAC Hall, Musiri Subramaniam Road, Mylapore, Chennai

 

List of songs:

1)  sAmI daya jUDa (varNam) – kEdAragauLa – Adi – tiruvaTriyUr tyAgayyar

2) siddhi vinAyakam – mOhanakalyANi – Adi – harikEsanallUr muthiAh bhAgavatar (S)

3) karuNa Ela ganTE – varALi – Adi – tyAgarAja (ANS)

4) shrIkara raghuvIra – sarasvati – rUpakam – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer (O)

5) jananI mAmava – bhairavi – misra cApu – svAti tiruNAL (ANST)

6) ulagellAm uNarndu (viruttam) – rAgamAlika

ADum cidambaramO – behAg – Adi – gOpAlakrishna bhArati

8 ) mAyI mErE (bhajan) – pantuvarALi – Adi – mIrAbAi?


(Key: O=raga outline, A=raga alapana, t=tAnam, N=neraval, S=kalpana swaram T=taniavartanam)

 

Sikkil Gurucharan @ Lalitha Kala Vedika, Chennai

Venue: R.K. Swamy Auditorium, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 15 June 2007

Organizer: Lalitha Kala Vedika

Vocal: Vid. Sikkil Gurucharan

Violin: Vid. Nagai Sriram

Mrudangam: Vid. Trivandrum Balaji

Ghatam: Vid. E.M. Subramaniam


List of songs:

1) vanajAkshi (varnam) – kalyANi – Adi – rAmanAthapuram srInivAsa iyengAr (O)

2) sarasa sAma dAna – kApinArAyaNi – Adi – tyAgarAja (OS)

3) mAyammA yani nE – Ahiri – Adi – syAma sAstri (O)

4) anudinamunu – bEgaDa – rUpakam – rAmanAtapuram srInivAsa iyengAr (ANS)

5) mOhanakara muthukumara – nItimati – rUpakam – kOTIshwara iyer (AS)

6) entamuddO – bindumAlini – Adi – thyAgarAja (O)

7) bhAvayE sArasanAbham – kIravANi – Adi – swAti tiruNAL (AST)

8 ) kSaNamadhunA nArAyaNam – valaji – Adi – jayadEva (O)

9) senthamizh nADenum – rAgamAlikA – Adi – subramaNya bhArati

10) chelinEnEtlu sahintunE (jAvaLi) – paras – Adi – paTTAbhirAmayyA

11) iyal isai (tiruppugazh) – dEsh – kanDa tripuTa – aruNagirinAthar

12) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – saurAshTram – Adi – tyAgarAja

13) mangaLam kOsalEndrAya (shlOkam) – madyamAvati

(Key: O=raga outline, A=raga alapana, N=neraval, S=kalpana swaram, T=taniavartanam)

R.K. Swamy Auditorium is one of the few auditoriums in the city where the sound amplification is often simply superb. I am sure this must be playing a pivotal role in the success of the concerts that are held there. Vid Sikkil Gurucharan’s concert too had a good mic setting though the amplification level was a bit higher than usual.

The concert started with the kalyANi varnam “vanajAkshi” which I am hearing after a long time now. A short sketch of kApinArAyaNi followed. Kalpana swarams in “sarasa sAma dAna” were sung at “hitavu mATalentO …..” . “mAyammA yani nE” was started with the anupallavi “nyAyamA shrI …” and was sung very well in a slow, moving way. The ragas taken for elaboration were bEgaDA and kIravANi and were dealt with very nicely by both Vid Gurucharan and Vid Nagai Sriram. Neraval and kalpana swarams were put in “anudinamunu” at “kanakanaruci nirupamu“. Kalpana swarams were put at the pallavi line itself for “bhAvayE sArasanAbham“, a kriti not sung that often in the concert circuit. Vid Trivandrum Balaji and Vid E.M. Subramaniam accompanied well for the songs.

Erode Nagaraj

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Sri Erode Nagaraj learnt the art of Mrudangam initially from Palladam Sri V. Ramachandran and is the disciple of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Padmabushan Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman for the past 21 years. He is an “A” grade artiste and has taken mrudangam as his fulltime profession. He is working as a lecturer in the “Thanjavur Vaidyanatha Iyer School for Percussion”, The Music Academy, Chennai, since 1998. He has accompanied great artists like Padmabhushan Sri P.S.Narayanaswamy, Chengalpat Ranganathan, Calcutta Krishnamurthy, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, O.S. Thiagarajan, M. Chandrasekaran, Sikkil Sisters, Sikkil Gurucharan, V.V. Ravi, Vijay Siva, Sasikiran, Malladi Brothers, S.P. Ramh, Ranjani & Gayatri, Gayathri Venkatraghavan, Lakshmi Rangarajan, Gayathri Girish, Saralaya Sisters, Surya Prakash and many others. He has been performing in All India Radio and Doordarshan and in sabhas like The Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, The Indian Fine Arts Society and other well-known sabas from 1994.

Here is a detailed write up on Sri Erode Nagaraj’s career:

“Sri Erode Nagaraj, from his childhood, had a great interest to learn rhythm and was initiated into the art of Mrudangam at the age of 7 years. He learnt the art of mrudangam initially from Palladam Sri. V. Ramachandran for 8 years. In order to have further training in all the branches of this art, he became the disciple of Padmabushan Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman since 1990. He took intensive and advance training from his revered Guru, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Umayalpuram Sri. K. Sivaraman, which included accompaniment to vocal music and instrumental music as well and to learn playing for more number of thalas.

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Though he had participated in several state level school competitions with distinction, his first debut at Chennai was held on Friday, the 16th April 1993. The Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resources & Development, Govt. of India under the scheme, “Scholarship to Young Artistes in different Cultural Field” awarded him scholarship, during the year 1994 – 1996 (F2-53/94/CH2). He has been performing both in All India Radio since 02.06 1994 and in Doordharsan Kendra, Chennai since 17.09.1994. He has also played laya vinyasam (Mrudangam Solo) in a rare thala – Misra Thriputa – Two Kalai- Samam in All India Radio, Chennai and laya vinyasam in Adhi Thala in Doordharsan, Chennai. He is an ‘A’ grade artist.

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He has been playing in almost all esteemed sabas like The Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Saba and other well known organisations in India and abroad and has also given many lecture-demonstrations successfully. His performance on mrudangam has been and continues to be much appreciated by vidwans and rasikas. He has won many best player awards and has also been credited with very good reviews in the press like The Hindu, Indian Express and other celebrated magazines.

He has been thinking of making substantial contributions to the field and he says he owes fullest responsibility not only to maintain the cultural heritage of this art but also to take the art of mrudangam and its niceties at a global level to the mass and even to the layman, without compromising the sasthras and grammar.

He has a very good experience in teaching fingering techniques and laya intricacies of mrudangam for the past 20 years not only to the students from India but also to students from other countries. He is keen to interact with all forms of music. He rendered konnakol (verbal rendition of jathis and phrases that are played in mrudangam) to the playing of his Guru Padmabushan Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman with Mr. Steve Coleman (Sax) and Vijay Iyer (Key board) from USA, in the Madras Cricket Club. His mrudangam solo in a rare thala (sankeerna chapu) has been recorded for Samudra, an organization promoting Indian music in London. G.K.Foundation Trust created with noble ideals inter alia honouring selected best musicians and dancers, honoured him in their anniversary function held on 31st July 2001, along with Sangeetha Kalanidhi Palghat Sri K.V. Narayanaswamy.

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He had the privilege of performing in the platinum jubilee of the Music Academy in the august presence of the Honourable President of India Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, Governor of Tamil Nadu Sri Ram Mohan Rao, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Padma Vibhushan Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Sitar Maestro Padma Vibhushan Sri RaviShankar.

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TTN – the Thamizh Oli Network of Europe, has telecast his interview and mrudangam solo. Chennai-online interviewed him for their internet magazine. He has also performed in Sun-TV, Raj-TV ( DVD of the concert has been released by Raj Video Vision) and Raj Digital Plus and in WIN-TV in their special programmes.

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He had been to Detroit (MI,USA ) in June 2005, touring the state for six months providing concerts, lecture demonstrations, classes for advanced level aspirants and beginners who are in need of shaping their fingering techniques and also imparting rhythmic intricacies for vocalists and instrumentalists.

Being a prime disciple of Umayalpuram Shri K. Sivaraman, Erode Nagaraj assists him in his projects.

He blends Sowkhya bhavam and rare rhythmic patterns and he is interested in innovative complex varieties and tasteful tekas of yester–year’s masters .

He has an enriched knowledge and experience of teaching ‘Fingering Techniques’ and ‘laya intricacies’ of mrudangam for the past 10 years and is well conversant with framing of syllabus”

Reviews & References

1. http://www.nscottrobinson.com/southindiaperc.php

2. http://www.chennaionline.com/chennaicitizen/2004/02nagarajan.asp

3. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=- 6320421505137094424

4. “Erode Nagarajan’s genius was evident throughout the concert and reached great heights when he played defining tani in the kanda jathi eka thalam in chathusra nadai” – http://www.hindu.com/ms/2006/01/10/stories/2006011000220600.htm

5. “Erode K. S. Nagarajan (mridangam) in association with Guruprasad (ghatam) shared the excellence of the cutcheri with judicious percussive support containing manifold manipulation of patterns and korvais” – http://www.hinduonnet.com/fr/2003/02/28/stories/2003022801180400.htm

6 .“Erode Nagarajan, then and there, produced Laya appeal by skillfully playing on Mridangam. Erode Nagarajan’s rhythmic support deserves great appreciation. A Mridagam Maestro as he is, his “Thani” received a thunderous applause from the audience – http://sangeetham1.tripod.com/rev0901b.htm

7. “Erode Nagarajan (mridangam) showed his accommodative nature and gave a tani marked by an unflagging adherence to standardised kalapramana’ – http://www.hindu.com/ms/2006/01/04/stories/2006010400180600.htm

8. “Erode Nagaraj ‘s percussionary support was laudable, more particularly so, during Thani Avarthanam. He imparted the necessary impulse to integrate the laya patterns with the vibrant musical quality” –
http://sangeetham1.tripod.com/rev1102.htm

9. “Erode Nagarajan gave good support on the mridangam, playing a competent Tani avarthanam in a difficult tala pattern — Adi tala tisra nadai for a tricky eduppu” – http://www.hinduonnet.com/fr/2002/12/13/stories/2002121301400600.htm

10.“Erode Nagaraj on the mridangam lent distinction to percussive support. The patterns served to heighten the impact of the songs – http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file

PRIZES – WON

1) First Prize in Talentia – 87, 1987 at Erode, State Level

2) President’s Scholarship, 1994-96.

3) Best Player – afternoon Concerts – 3-1-96, The Indian Fine Arts Society.

4) Kumbakonam Sri Azhaga Nambiah Pillai and Sakkottai Sri Rangu Iyengar award, Sri Krishna GanaSaba, 1-8-99.

5) Vaikom Krishna Iyer award, The Music Academy, 1-1-2001.

6) Best Player Award – Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Saba, Dec.2002

7) Pazhani Sri Subramania Pillai and Sri K.R.Sundaram Iyer award for Best Mrudangist, sub-senior,The Music Academy, 1-1-2004

8 ) “Asthana Vidhwan” by the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam on 12-10-2007

9) Gopalachari’s Endowment Prize for merit worthy performance, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 2-8-08


Sri Erode Nagaraj’s contact information:

Erode Nagaraj,
New no.31, Old no.11,
Adhi Kesava Perumal Koil st.,
West Mambalam,
Chennai – 600033.

Phone : 044 – 24713177
Mobile : +91 – 95662 19764.

Emailkalyaani@gmail.com
Official Email: mrudangam@gmail.com
(Info courtesy: Sri Erode Nagaraj)