Pantula Rama

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Dr. Pantula Rama
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Dr. Pantula Rama
Background information
Origin India
Genres Carnatic Music, Hindustani Music
Occupation(s) Vocalist, Violinist
Instruments Violin, Viola
Years active 1983 - present
Labels

Charsur digital Station,

Kalavardhini, Sasivadana, Manipravalam etc.
Website www.pantularama.com[1]

Dr. Pantula Rama is a Carnatic Music vocalist.[2]

Early life and background[edit]

Pantula Rama was born into a family with a lineage of music. Her parents are Pantula Gopala Rao (Violinist and retired All India Radio engineer) and Pantula Padmavathi a veena artiste.

She holds a Ph.D. in music from Andhra University for her thesis: A study of the shaping of an ideal musician through saadhana, published by Gyan Publishers of New Delhi.[3] She has an MA and BA in music from Andhra University, where she won gold medals each time and has been a University Topper.

Her initial training was given to her by her father, and advanced training under Sangeeta Kalasagara Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao. Apart from being a Top grade Vocalist, she has a B High in violin and viola from All India Radio in the carnatic style. She is a Reiki Master in the Natural Usui system of healing. She also has a diploma in fashion Designing, and is an active fund raiser for events based on social and philanthropic causes.

Singing career[edit]

Pantula Rama has been performing since she was eight. Her technical perfection conforms to the best classical standards. .[4]

She has performed across the country and abroad. She has also presented various lecture-demonstrations like ‘Musical excellence of Shyama Sastri’, ‘Sadhana of Carnatic Music’, ‘Ragam Tanam Pallavi’. Conducted ‘Nowkacharitam’ – Musical Opera of Thyagaraja.

A multitalented personality, Dr. Pantula Rama accompanies many artists of repute on violin.

Personal life[edit]

Pantula Rama is married to Mutnury Srinivasa Narasimha Murthy ( MSN Murthy), an electronics engineer by providence and musician by choice, violinist[5] in Akashavani graded Top Grade for violin, and A grade in viola and vocal.

Awards[edit]

  • Tambura Prize - awarded by Kalasagaram, Secunderabad (04-12-1992), through the hands of the vocal legend Late. Smt. M. S. Subbulakshmi.
  • First prize in Pallavi Singing Madras Music Academy, 1993.
  • Best Musician : State Award from Government of Andhra Pradesh - Presented by N Chandrababu Naidu - 1998.
  • Outstanding Lady Vocalist (Senior or Sub Senior) – 2007, award from Madras Music Academy.
  • Best Pallavi Singer - 2008, award and Gold Medal from Madras Music Academy
  • Isai Peroli - 2011, Title conferred by Kartik Fine Arts

Major Performances[edit]

  • Recently conducted a thought-provoking presentation of a ballad like feature Navarasamalika interwoven with talk elucidating the way the Navarasas get manifest in Thyagaraja’s compositions and got rave reviews in The Hindu.
  • Concerts with compositions in different languages - Telugu, Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam etc.
  • Special Pallavis - Shatkala pallavi, Panchanada & Panchanada Vinyasa Pallavi, Dwitala Avadhanam, 2 hrs. Pallavi Concert, rare marathon tala Sarabhanandini Pallavi
  • Eka Raga sabhas (Carnatic & Hindustani ragas)

Bibliography[edit]

  • An In-depth study of Visesha Prayogas in the National Conference of South Indian Music, 2000.
  • A study of the shaping of an ideal musician through Saadhana - Gyan Publishing House.

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