Carnatic Music

Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao

Academic Advisor

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. R.S. Jayalakshmi


Dr. R.S. Jayalakshmi 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.

Dr. Seshulatha Kosuru


Dr. Seshulatha Kosuru is a leading Carnatic singer from Andhra Pradesh. She has tuned and released many Carnatic and devotional albums and has also tuned many dance ballets. She holds a Ph.D. in music from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad. She is a graded artist of Hyderabad radio station in both classical and light music. She is a lecturer in Department of Music, Telugu University since 1989.

Dr. Ritha Rajan


Dr Ritha Rajan, has a Ph.D. from the University of Madras. Her research focused on “PAThAntara-s in the compositions of the Musical Trinity”. Currently she is the Academic Coordinator of Music Academy’ Advanced School of Carnatic Music and Associate Director of Music Academy’s Research Centre.

Dr. Sriram Parasuram


Dr. Sriram Parasuram is one of India’s leading musicians. He was awarded the prestigious Firestone fellowship to study Western Classical violin in the U.S. and he completed his Master of Music Degree in Western Violin Performance from the University of Akron, Ohio, U.S.A. He also did his Ph.D. in World Music /Ethonomusicology from Wesleyan University, CT, U.S.A. He also serves as a teaching faculty member of the Advanced College of Carnatic Music of The Music Academy, Madras and visiting faculty at KALAKSHETRA.

Dr. T.K.Saroja


Dr. T. K. Saroja is an acclaimed Carnatic vocalist, Composer, Singer and Trainer. She completed her Ph.D on ‘Contribution of Sangita Sahitya Kalanidhi N. Ch. Krishnamacharyulu to South Indian Music’ from Padmavati University(Tirupati),India. Apart from concerts, Saroja has scored music for Dance-drama productions performed at India and USA and has composed music and rendered her vocals for many devotional albums and Radio Jingles. She is currently serving as a Music Lecturer in IIIT, Hyderabad and visiting faculty at CCRT (Centre for Cultural Resources & Training, Government of India, New Delhi), Hyderabad Branch.

Dr. Padma Sugavanam


Dr. Padma Sugavanam is a carnatic vocalist with an interdisciplinary Ph.D (Music and Sanskrit) with a thesis titled “Kohala in the Samskrta Textual tradition” from the University of Madras and a gold-medalist in her Master’s degree in Indian Music. She has won several honors and awards, and the ‘Most Outstanding Vocalist’ of her category in the Madras Music Academy (Chennai) in 2014.