Nedunuri Krishnamurthy

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Nedunuri Krishnamurthy
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Background information
Born(1927-10-10)10 October 1927
Kothapalli, Pithapuram Taluka, Godavari dt, British India
Died8 December 2014(2014-12-08) (aged 87)
Visakhapatnam, India
GenresIndian Classical Music
Occupation(s)classical vocalist
Years active1945–2014
LabelsKosmik, PM Audios & Entertainments, Sanskriti
WebsiteOfficial website

Nedunuri Krishnamurthy (10 October 1927 – 8 December 2014) was an Indian Carnatic vocalist.[1] He was awarded the Madras Music Academy's Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1991.

Early life[edit]

Krishnamurthy was born in 1927 at Kothapalli, Pithapuram Taluka, Godavari dt in what was then British India to Rama Murthy Panthulu and Vijayalakshmi.[2]

His father held a minor job at the estate of the Raja of Pithapuram.[3] He was under influence of his mother who sang Ashtapadis, Tarangas and the Adhyatma Ramayana kritis. She had a great influence on him while growing up.[2]

Krishnamurthy joined the Maharaja's Music College at Vizianagaram in the year 1940 and received initial training in Violin and Vocal from the Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu. In 1949, he was influenced by carnatic vocalist, Sripada Pinakapani, and under his guidance developed his style of music.[2]

Performing career[edit]

Krishnamurthy worked as Principal of S.V.College of Music and Dance, Tirupati; M.R.Government College of Music and Dance, Vizianagaram; Government College of Music and Dance, Secunderabad; and retired as Principal of G.V.R Government College of Music and Dance, Vijayawada in 1985.[2]Nedunuri's performances are characterised by adherence to tradition and his alapanas are renowned for capturing the essence of important Carnatic ragas. He formed a popular partnership with the renowned violinist, Lalgudi Jayaraman, and the performances of the duo are much admired by listeners.[4]

He was Dean of Faculty of the Fine Arts and Chairman of Board of Studies in Music of Sri Venkateswara University and Nagarjuna University. He contributed to Annamacharya Project of the TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams) in tuning most of the "Annamacharya" kritis as we know them today.[5]

Krishna Gana Sabha, Madras, conferred on "Nedunuri" the title Sangeetha Choodamani in 1976. The Music Academy, Madras conferred on him the most prestigious title of Sangeeta Kalanidhi in 1991.[6]

He was named Asthana Vidwan of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and also of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.[3][2]

Death[edit]

Nedunuri Krishnamurthy died on 8 December 2014 at Visakhapatnam, aged 87, while undergoing treatment for lung cancer.[7]

Prominent disciples[citation needed][edit]

  1. Domada Chittabbayi
  2. Garimella Balakrishna Prasad
  3. Shobha Raju
  4. Saraswati Vidyardhi
  5. Malladi Brothers
  6. Sarada Subramanyam
  7. Seshulatha Viswanath
  8. T. Sreenidhi
  9. Padmavathi Thyagaraju
  10. Subba Narasiah Kramadathi
  11. Chaitanya Brothers (Varanasi Venkateswara Sharma & Bukkapatnam Krishnamacharyulu)

Albums & Songs[8][edit]

Year Album Language Song Co-Singer(s) Lyrics Music Composer Record Label
2019 Hari Samarpana Telugu "Tirumantramu Jeevanamu" Malladi Brothers Kaiwara Sri Yogi Nareyana Nedunuri Krishnamurthy PM Audios & Entertainments
2019 Hari Samarpana Telugu "Edigo Tirupati Kaashi" Malladi Brothers Kaiwara Sri Yogi Nareyana Nedunuri Krishnamurthy PM Audios & Entertainments
2019 Hari Samarpana Telugu "Jeeva Neevidhi Kaanava" Malladi Brothers Kaiwara Sri Yogi Nareyana Nedunuri Krishnamurthy PM Audios & Entertainments
2019 Hari Samarpana Telugu "Daasa Dasaanu Daasulaka" Malladi Brothers Kaiwara Sri Yogi Nareyana Nedunuri Krishnamurthy PM Audios & Entertainments
2019 Hari Samarpana Telugu "Mohamelaputane" Malladi Brothers Kaiwara Sri Yogi Nareyana Nedunuri Krishnamurthy PM Audios & Entertainments
2019 Hari Samarpana Telugu "Yogi Gunamulu Raajayogike Telusu" Malladi Brothers Kaiwara Sri Yogi Nareyana Nedunuri Krishnamurthy PM Audios & Entertainments
2019 Hari Samarpana Telugu "Devudu Thanalo Dandiguntudu" Malladi Brothers Kaiwara Sri Yogi Nareyana Nedunuri Krishnamurthy PM Audios & Entertainments

Discography[edit]

  • Annamayya Antaranga Tharangam
  • Annamayya Pada Kadambam
  • Annamayya Pada Kamalam
  • Annamayya Pada Neerajanam
  • Annamayya Pada Ravali
  • Annamayya Pada Sammohanam
  • Annamayya Pada Vasantham
  • Pahi Nareyana by PM Audios & Entertainments
  • Guru Upadesham by PM Audios & Entertainments
  • Srihari Rasakrithi (TTD Release)
  • Bhadrachala Ramadasu Keerthanalu (with Dasarathi Sataka Poems) (Alivelumanga Sarvayya Charitable Trust)
  • Raga Sudha Rasam
  • Rare Krithi’s of Tyagaraja
  • Classical Treat by Nedunuri Krishnamurthy [9]
  • Raga Madhur (Audio) by Swathi Soft Solutions Company release
  • Raga Ranjani (DVD) by Swathi Soft Solutions Company release

Awards and honours[edit]

Item No Organization Award
01. Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai SANGEETHA CHOODAMANI, 1976
02. Visakha Music Academy, Visakhapatham SANGEETA KALASAGARA, 1980
03. Sur Singar Samsad of Bombay SWAR VILAS, 1981
04. Sri Yagnavalka Cultutal Association, Hyderabad NADA SUDHA NIDHI, 1981
05. Sangeetha Vidwat Sabha, Kakinada GANA KALA NIDHI, 1982
06. Sri Tulasivanam Sangeetha Parishad, Trivendrum GAYAKA CHOODAMANI, 1982
07. Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, Govt. of India Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1986
08. Sri Tyagaraja Swamy Trust, Tirupati SAPTAGIRI SANGEETHA VIDWANMANI, 1987
09. Sri Tyagaraja Kala Samithi SANGEETHA VIDWANMANI, 1989
10. Sriram Music Academy, Srinagar SANGEETHA VIDYA BHASKARA, 1989
11. Kalasagaram, Secunderabad SANGEETHA KALA SAGARA, 1989
12. Sangeetha Rasika Samakhya, Tirupati NADA YOGI, 1989
13. Santhi Renaissance International Foundation (SRI Foundation, USA) SRI KALA PRAPURNA, 1991
14. Madras Music Academy, Chennai SANGITA KALANIDHI, 1991
15. Bharathi Gana Sabha, Amalapuram GANA KALA BHARATHI, 1993
16. Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad KALA NEERAJANA PURASKARAM, 1995
17. Sri Annamacharya Project of North America, (SAPNA). Chicago, USA ANNAMACHARYA VIDWANMANI, 1995
18. Sri Sivanandaguru Educational and Cultural Trust, Bheemunipatham GANGADEVI EMINENT CITIZEN AWARD, 1997
19. World Teachers Trust, Visakhapatnam MASTER M.N. AWARD, 1997
20. Datta Peetham, Mysore NADA NIDHI, 1998
21. State Cultural Council, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Hamsa Award, 1999
22. Sangeetha Vidwat Sabha, Kakinada ANNAMACHARYA BHARATHI, 1999
23. Bhairavi, Indian Fine Arts Society, USA SANGEETHA RATNAMARA, 2000
24. Sri Venkateswara Annamacharya Society of America, California, USA ANNAMACHARYA SANKEERTHANA KIREETI, 2000
25. World Telugu Federation TEULGU TALLI AWARD, 2000
26. Bharatiya Vidyabhavan, Coimbatore Kendra SANGEETH SAMRAT, 2001
27. Fine Arts Cultural Themes, Sydney (FACTS) Australia SWARA NIDHI, 2001
28. Badam Apparao Memorial Trust, Pithapuram BADAM APPARAO MEMORIAL TRUST AWARD, 2002
29. Raja – Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai RAJA LAKSHMI AWARD, 2002
30. Telugu Fine Arts Society, New Jersey, USA DR.K.V.RAO & JYOTHI RAO AWARD, 2002
31. Andhra Music Academy SANGITA VIDYANIDHI
32. Prasara Bharati, New Delhi NATIONAL ARTISTE AWARD, 2004
33. South Indian Education Society, Mumbai NATIONAL EMINENCE AWARD, 2006
34. Visakha Music and Dance Academy NADAVIDYA BHARATHI,
35. Government of Andhra Pradesh PRATIBHA RAJIV PURASKAR, 2006
36. South Indian Cultural Association, Hyderabad SANGITHA CHAKRAVARTHI,
37. Academy of Music, Bangalore K.K. MURTHY MEMORIAL CHOWEDIAH AWARD, 2008
38. Shanmukhananda Sahba, Mumbai NATIONAL EMINENCE AWARD, 2010
39. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh HONORARY DOCTORATE, 2010
40. Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam, Tirupati ‘ASTHANA VIDWAN’ of TTD, 2010.
42. Sri Durga Malleswarala Vari Devastanam, Vijayawada. ‘ASTHANA VIDWAN’, 2010.
43. Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai. ‘SRI TYAGARAJA SEVA RATNAM’, 2011.
44. Music Academy, Madras 1998 Best Raga Rendering
45. Music Academy, Madras Best Senior Vocalist (2 times)
46. Indian Fine Arts Society, Madras, 1989. Best Senior Vocalist
47. Indian Fine Arts Society, Madras, 1989. Sangeetha Kalasikhamani, 2011.
48. Raghavendra Swamy Matham, Mantralayam. ‘SRI PURANDARESHWARA THYAGARAJA', 2012.
49. Central Sangeeth Natak Academy, New Delhi ‘TAGORE ACADEMY AWARD’, 2012.
50. GiTAM University, Visakhapatnam ‘DOCTORATE’, 2013.
51. Kopparapu Kavula Kalapeetham, Visakhapatnam ‘KOPPARAPU KAVULA PRATHIBHA PURASKARAM’, 2013.
52. Samagana Mathanga, Bangalore ‘SAMAGANA MATHANGA NATIONAL AWARD’, 2014.
53. South Indian Cultural Association Planjery Foundation ‘SANGEETHA BRIHASPATI AWARD’, 2014.
54. Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Ratna, 2011.
       Late Sri Nedunuri was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, thehindu.com, 30 October 2006; accessed 9 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Another feather in Nedunuri's cap". The Hindu. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b Profile, thehindu.com; accessed 9 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Musical End: Carnatic music doyen Nedunuri passes away". Deccan Chronicle. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  5. ^ Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, 27 May 2005; accessed 9 December 2014.
  6. ^ Sangeeta Kalanidhi, hindu.com; accessed 9 December 2014.
  7. ^ Carnatic vocalist Nedunuri Krishnamurthy dies, thehindu.com; accessed 9 December 2014.
  8. ^ Hari Samarpana by Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, retrieved 13 May 2021
  9. ^ "Album - Classical Treat by Nedunuri Krishnamurthy with Mridangam T S Nandakumar on Itunes". Mumbai, India.

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