Academic Advisory Council
Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao
Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao is a renowned and respected personality in the field of Music and Dance. He has been conferred the titles of “Sangita Samrat” and “Sangita Sastra Visarada” as well as “Natya Kala Sagara” and “Natya Kala Visharada”. Dr Pappu Venugopala Rao holds 3 masters in Telugu, Sanskrit, English, a Ph.d in Sanskrit & Telugu and D.Litt in Indology. He worked with American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) 1978-2010 and Retired as Associate Director General.
Dr Pappu Venugopala Rao has delivered about 50 Lecture Demonstrations on various topics on Music & Kuchipudi Dance with Vempati Chinna Satyam in India and abroad. As Chair Content committee of Indian Music Experience, he guided the music content of IME Bangalore. As Secretary of The Music Academy Madras since 2008, he has translated 5 Volumes of Sangita Sampradaya Pradarshini.
He is the Editor of The Music Academy Journal and has crafted syllabus for the Advance School of Carnatic Music. He is a member of Sangit Natak Akademi. He has been the Academic Council Member of Kalakshetra and visiting Professor, guiding the syllabus structure and formation of the new courses. He is the Advisory Board member of Nartanam quarterly journal on Indian Classical Dances and Sruti Monthly magazine of Dance & Music. He has authored & co-authored number of books and has so many titles to his credit for his contributions to Music, Dance, Literature and Spiritualism.
Dr. N. Ramanathan
Professor N. Ramanathan is a distinguished musicologist from India. He taught and guided research in the Department of Indian Music at the University of Madras since 1978, and retired in 2004. Dr.Ramanathan, received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, and Master of Music and Ph.D. in Musicology from the Banaras Hindu University. After working for a short period of four months at the Indira Kala Sangit Vishvavidyalaya, Khairagarh (CG), he joined the Department of Indian Music, University of Madras in 1978 where he worked as a Lecturer, Reader and as the Professor & Head of the Department.
Presently he is associated with the Chennai Mathematical Institute (Deemed to be University), Chennai an Adjunct (Honorary) Professor in Music. For a few years, he was also associated with the Kalakshetra, Chennai as a Distinguished Fellow. He is continuing his music teaching and research, supported by his three websites – southindianmusic.in, musicresearch.in and musicresearchlibrary.net.
Besides being involved in teaching and research guidance, he has presented more than 100 papers in seminars in India and abroad and has contributed articles to journals and authored two books. He has been associated with a number of research projects. He his also a performer of Karnataka Music on the Violin and voice and used to perform on the violin over the All India Radio and Doordarshan (Television).
Pasumarthi Ramalinga Sastri
Guru Pasumarthi Ramalinga Sastri hails from a traditional family of Kuchipudi . He has gone through training in Kuchipudi dance under Guru Sri Vedantam Parvateesam, later under the tutelage of Guru Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam. He later went to Kalakshetra to learn Bharatanatyam. He has also undergone training in the nuances of Nattuvangam from renowned percussionist Guru Sri Pandanallur Srinivasan. He learnt music from the legendary M.D.Ramanathan and Mrudangam from Sri. A.V.Raghuprasad.
He is currently the Professor in the department of dance and Dean of Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and communication, at the Central University of Hyderabad. His dance dramas have won a lot of accolades not only in India but also abroad.
His dance dramas Gajananeeyam, Sasirekha Parinayam, Sri Ramakatha saram, Tripaadi Ganga, Avasyam Swacha palanam, Navadurga vilasam to name a few have drawn the attention and praise of critics and Kuchipudi lovers. He has been awarded with the prestigious Kalaratna from the govt of Andhrapradesh, Natyakaladhara, Ubhayanatya praveena.
Vyjayanthi Kashi is one of India’s most respected classical dancers.
Hailing from the family tree of the Legendary Dr.Gubbi Veerannna and J B Mallaradhya, she is a combination of art and intelligence which is evident in all her works.
Having trained in Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and Temple Ritual Dances from a tender age under legendary Gurus like Late C R Acharya, Late Vedantham Prahalada Sarma, Late Padmashree Vedantham Satyanarayana Sharma, Bharathakala Prapoorarna Late Korada Narasimha Rao and others, Vyjayanthi has proved to be a dynamic force in Kuchipudi. She is celebrated not only for her deep and composite understanding of the art of Kuchipudi, but also as a performer, choreographer, teacher, researcher, dance-therapist, organiser and an administrator.
Vyjayanthi has served as the Chairperson of Karnataka Sangeet Nritya Academy and continues to serve as a Member of Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi. She also serves the Arts and Cultural Committee of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India.
Dr Ritha Rajan
Dr. Ritha Rajan is a professional Carnatic music singer and an academician. She received her initial training from her mother, grandmother, and Vidwan Sri. D. K. Jayaraman, Vidwan and later on from Sri. Ramnad Krishnan, Smt. T. Brinda, Vidwan Sri. Maruthuvakkudi Rajagopala Iyer, the most respected musician and teacher from the Umaiyalpuram sishya parampara of Tyagaraja. She was awarded a Ph.D for the research work “PAThAntara-s in the compositions of the Musical Trinity” from the University of Madras. She worked and retired as Professor and Head of the Department of Music, Queen Mary’s College, Chennai, India.
She is a performer on the All India radio as an A grade artist and is renowned for the authentic repertoire of the compositions of the Musical Trinity, Kshetrayya padams, javalis and other rare compositions. She is the recipient of the “Musicologist Award” by the Music Academy in 2012. Currently she is the Academic Coordinator of Music Academy’ Advanced School of Carnatic Music and Associate Director of Music Academy’s Research Centre.
Dr R S Jayalakshmi
Dr. R.S. Jayalakshmi is a renowned and respected personality in the field of Carnatic Music. She has a Ph.D in Music from the University of Madras and also was a faculty of Music at the same university for over 30 years. Currently she is an Academy Council Member at the Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University and also a faculty at the Advanced School of Carnatic Music at The Music Academy.
She also has been performing and teaching the Veena for the past 45 years and is an A-Grade artist in All India Radio and Doordarshan, Chennai. She guides students in their doctoral research and has presented numerous research papers and conducted lecture demonstrations and workshops. She has to her credit many awards and titles including “Senior Musician” Award from the Narada Gana Sabha, “Senior Veena Artist” Award from The Music Academy, Musicologist Award from The Music Academy, “Nadharatna” Award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, “K.S. Narayanaswamy Veena Vidwan” Award from Shri Shanmuganandha Award, Mumbai
Dr B Balasubrahmaniyan
Dr. B. Balasubrahmaniyan, (Balu) is a Carnatic music performer, educator and researcher. He began his music lessons from his father Sri. D. Balraj and subsequently studied under several teachers including Sangita Kala Acharya Sri. B. Krishanamurthy, Sangita Kalanidhi T. Brinda and Sangita Kalanidhi T. Viswanathan. Balu received all his educational degrees BA, MA, MPhil and PhD in Music from the University of Madras. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on “Reprints of Nandanar Caritram,” a nineteenth century Tamil opera by Gopalakrishna Bharati.
He is a recipient of several awards and scholarships including Ford Foundation, Government of India and Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust for advanced training in Karnatak music. Since 1985 he has been giving concerts in India and abroad. He has received “Tamil Isaip Paanar” title from Thanthai Periyar Tamil Isai Mandram, Chennai, “Yuva Kala Bharathi” award from Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, “Fetna Annual Award” in 2008, Orlando, Florida, USA and “Kala Seva Mani” title from the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana Festival. He set tune for the 2nd century epic Cilappadikaram for its Bharata Natyam presentation for the famous dancer and choreographer Narthaki Nataraj. Currently Balu is a faculty in South Indian Music at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan
Neyveli Santhanagopalan is a unique musician, an accomplished Vidwan (performer), an erudite scholar, an inspiring Guru, an innovative educator, an eternal learner and a friendly celebrity. Neyveli Santhanagopalan is an internationally acclaimed senior Carnatic musician who is known for concerts that mark a traditional classicism. Well-known for rendering effective concerts couched in ‘Bhakthi’ (devotion) and ‘Bhava’ (emotion), he spiritually elevates his technically intricate music to the pedestal of divinity. A musician is often revered by his ability to justify innovation while carefully balancing tradition. Neyveli Santhanagopalan is an expert performer who consistently communicates with his audience through this process of balancing innovation and tradition. He is known to portray a vivid, sometimes a subtly flashy image of even traditional raagas like Bhairavi, Thodi and Keeravani.
Sri Santhanagopalan has given critically acclaimed concerts in Vidwath sabhas in the presence of other erudite musicians and has been recognized with several accolades and titles. He is also an excellent speaker known for his wit, timing and sense of humor which make him a very wholesome entertainer and performer. Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan is well-known all over the world. He has represented, influenced and preserved our rich culture in several ways and has touched several hearts all over the world.