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Narmadha is the daughter of violinist M. S. Gopalakrishnan. She trained with her grandfather, Parur A. Sundaram Iyer, and later, her father. She achieved a doctoral degree from Delhi University as a U. G. C. fellow under sitar-player Prof. Debu Chowdhari and musicologist Dr. K. G. Ginde. Her doctoral thesis compares North and South Indian music styles.
Born into a family of Renowned, accomplished and popular musicians, Dr M Narmadha is the third genre of Parur-MSG tradition with formal training from her grandfather Shri Parur A Sundaram Iyer from the age of four, father Padmashri Awardee M.S. Gopalakrishnan and mother Smt. Meenakshi Goplakrishnan with the rare privilege of learning both Karnatak and Hindustani systems simultaneously from her father in violin and from her mother in vocal and has since proved her mettle in both styles.
A career gold medalist, top grade artiste of All IndiaRadio, Narmadha won her Doctorate from Delhi University as a Senior U.G.C fellow for her unique thesis on Comparative study of Raagas of IndianMusic later published as a book titled. ‘IndianMusic and Sancara in Raagas’ under the guidance of Sitar maestro Prof.Debu Chaudhuri and vocalist Dr.K.G.Ginde
Narmadha duets in concerts with her father and accompanies leading Carnatic vocalists. She performs vocal concerts, having been vocally trained by her mother and Shri. T. M. Tyagarajan. She has toured in the US, UK, Holland, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Spain and Hong Kong. She was awarded the Best Violinist award by the Music Academy, Madras, eight times consecutively.
Narmadha the most sought after soloist in Violin in both Karnatak and Hindustani traditions of presentation, having performed more than 6000 concerts is a unique soloist, accompanist and has played violin duets with her father Shri M.S.Gopalakrishnan, She has also presented Jugalbandi concerts in Hindustani and Karnatak styles and has widely performed in India and abroad and also released CDs in both styles of Indian music.
Endowed with effortless bowing and elegant precision, melodies directly appealing to the heart, treading the path of trend and tradition, completing 45years of service to Indian Music, Narmadha, has charmed audiences all over the world with her vivacious expressions on her Violin marked by total involvement, complete commitment and dedication and occupies a very important place in the world of Indian classical music.
Narmadha has won several awards for career excellence in performance and Lecture Demonstrations. In recognition of her contribution to Indian Classical Violin Music.She was conferred, Kalaimamani ‘by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu for excellence in violin, Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Shiromani by the Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Sabha, Mumbai, Yami Award for the Best Accomplished Violinist by Music Today Group, Mumbai and Shantidoot Award, from Mahamountirth Ashram Ujjain,Vadya Bharati from Bharatam, Trissur,Bhavans Award for Excellence in Violin from the Chief Justice of India Mr.Sadasivam,from Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan.
Narmadha speaks English, Sanskrit and French. Her articles on music have been published in journals throughout the world. Her book on Hindustani and Carnatic forms of music, Indian Music and Sancaras in Ragas, is published by Daryagang Publishers, New Delhi. Her aim is to propagate Parur-MSG style in violin playing.
She runs a Music trust by name Sancara to propagate the Parur style of music and to teach students of all ages and all classes,She also conducts music functions under Sancara banner and all her students perform in that function.She teaches violin music,musicology and vocal music through Skype,throughout the world.
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