M. S. Sheela


M. S. Sheela is an outstanding Indian Classical Vocalist and is a top ranking artist of AIR and Doordarshan ( TV).  Ms. Sheela is a Post graduate in Music from Bangalore University and is a Gold Medallist. She is also a top ranking artist in Light Music also.   She has been regularly giving concerts all over India and also in Radio Sangeeth Sammelan and National Programmes and other prestigious organizations and is regularly featured on TV.  She has given number of performances all over India, USA, Canada, Australia, Middle East and London.  Madras Music Academy, during 1997, adjudged Sheela as an "Outstanding Senior Female Vocalist," Karnataka state has honored Sheela by giving "Rajyotsava Award," Karnataka State Film Chambers has given an award to Sheela as, "Best Female Play Back Singer" for the year 97-98.  During the Annual Music festival of Karnataka Ganakala Parishat for the year 2000, Sheela has been adjudged as best Musician of the Conference and has been awarded " Ananya Puraskar ", an Award Instituted by A N A N Y A G M L Cultural Academy Bangalore.  Sheela is declared as "ASTHANA VIDUSHI " of Sri Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasamsthanam Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, SRINGERI.  Sheela has been honored and given titles by various Sabhas as, Ganakala Shree, Sumadhura Sangeetha Dhruvatare, Guru Gaurava Karini, Sangeetha Raga Amrithavarshini, Sangeetha Gana Kalanidhi, Sangeetha Sahyadri Shikarini etc.  Sheela has a number of CDs to her credit. They are in great demand and to name a few "Lalitha Sahasranama, Sri Sharada Suprabhata, Lalitha Thrishati, Gana Susheelam, Aadisidalu Yeshodha, Palinchu Kamakshi, Haridasa Namana , Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhata both in Sanskrit and in Kannada, Lakshmi Sahasranama, Himadrisute Pahimam, Soundharya Lahari, Shivananda Lahari, and Vachanamrutha.

Sandhya Srinath got her initial training from Mr. V. Janakiraman of AIR, Delhi. She started early training from the age of 10. She went on to get advanced lessons from Lalgudi G Jayaraman and Proff. T.N. Krishnan. She has performed extensively all over India and has accompanied many senior musicians including Dr. N.Ramani, RaviKiran, Sowmya, Sanjay Subramanian, Unnikrishnan, Hyderabad Brothers, etc. She has also performed during the December Season festival in Madras for the past 6 years. She recently played in the Cleveland Festival, 1997. She moved into the Washington area in 1996.  She is an "A-grade" artist of All India Radio and the Doordarshan, India.  She received the outstanding young violinist Award from the Madras Music Academy in 1999.

Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma (Shivu as he is popularly known) was born in Bangalore, a city with rich cultural heritage, to a family of musicians.  He is considered as an eminent percussionist (mridangam) in the whole of India.  His father late Vidwan Anoor S. Ramakrishna was a well-known violinist, and an eminent teacher too in the Dept. of Music of Bangalore University.  He was initiated in Mridangam by vidwan R. A. Rajagopal, who is a highly accomplished Mridangam / Ghatam artist and a senior staff of All India Radio, Bangalore.  Drawing on his long concert career from an early age of 15 and a number of significant encounters with other great musicians, Anantha Krishna Sharma is known for his own style.   Anantha Krishna Sharma has performed in all the leading sabhas in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, all over India, and Anantha Krishna Sharma besides being a Mridangam artist also can play other percussion instruments like Tabla, Thavil and others with the same felicity and with ease. He has composed music for Ballet Dance and Films. His compositions have been regarded as highly imaginative and they encompass an amazing complexity and intricacy of rhythm blended in the musical notes.   He started at the age of 15 as a performing artiste and has performed in all the leading Sangeetha Sabhas in Bangalore, Chennai, and all over India.
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