Academic Advisory Council
Pappu Venugopala Rao, PhD
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.
B Balasubrahmaniyan, PhD
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.