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Musician and scholar Dr Sumathi Krishnan talks to host Pavan Srinath about what makes a great musician and performer. She discusses how the Carnatic classical music tradition approaches training and moulding a musician, and shares snippets from ancient texts as well as stories from the lives of many musicians.
Dr Sumathi Krishnan is a musician, trained both in Carnatic classical music as well as Hindustani bhajans, and has been performing for over 18 years. She also is a researcher and teacher, who did her PhD on using Indian classical music Varnams for voice training and creativity.
She was also a discussant on BIC Streams in September 2020, on The World in Carnatic Music.
Dr. Sumathi Krishnan is a senior disciple of Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli. Over the past 18 years, she has imbibed the musical tradition of her accomplished Guru. As Smt. Vedavalli’s student, Dr. Krishnan has accompanied her guru on stage in both national and international concerts.
Dr. Sumathi Krishnan had her initial training in Carnatic music with Sri Sankaranarayan of Calcutta and briefly under Dr. S. Ramanathan in Chennai. Her early focus was on Hindustani Bhajans as a student of Sri Srikant Bakre (a disciple of Ustad Amir Khan). She was as a graded artist singing Bhajans on All India Radio.
Dr. Krishnan completed her doctoral training at Mother Teresa Women’s University (Kodaikanal) under the supervision of well-known ethnomusicologist Dr. S.A.K. Durga. Her Ph.D thesis focused on Varnams for Voice training and Creativity.
Her passion for music is seen in her active involvement in various spheres of music – performance, research and teaching.