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November 5, 1959 |
Pathamadai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Occupation(s)||Singer IT Manager, music teacher|
Madurai Ramaswamy Sundar (born November 5, 1959) is a noted Carnatic musician.
Madurai Ramaswamy Sundar was born in Pathamadai, Tamil Nadu, India. He learnt under his aunt Smt. Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan a concert musician, and later under Sri. T.N.Seshagopalan. He was born into a family where Carnatic music was part of day-to-day life. While his grand parents and parents were knowledgeable listeners-connoisseurs of Carnatic music, he had in his aunt Smt. Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan a reputed concert musician, who had had her training under stalwarts like Sathur A.G. Subramania Iyer and Semmangudi Sriinivasa Iyer.
He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. After his MBA, he branched off into information technology as his mainstay. He holds an MSA degree in Information Resources Management.
He was married to Padma in August 1985. They have been residents of the USA since 1989 and have a son Sai Karthik (born 1998) who is a student of the Mridangam Maestro Dr.Trichy Sankaran. He pursues a dual career - as IT Manager and musician-come-teacher. He and his wife run the Trinity Academy of Fine Arts and offer lessons in vocal music.
Madurai R Sundar was initiated at a very early age into Carnatic music by his aunt Mrs. Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan, herself a musician of repute. Later Sundar came under the tutelage of the musical legend Sangeetha Kalanidhi Madurai T.N.Seshagopalan in 1972 and made his debut in 1974.
His rendering is known for its Akshara Suddha or perfection of syllables. He is an " A" Grade artiste in Prasar Bharathi (All India Radio).
Awards and titles
- Conferred the title Sangeetha Rathna by Dubai Tamil family in 2007.
- Honored in the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Mrudangam Maestro Trichy Sri Sankaran in December 2005