Saketharaman

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Saketharaman
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Background information
Born (1982-11-24) 24 November 1982 (age 38)
Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
GenresCarnatic Music
Occupation(s)Carnatic Musician - Vocalist
Years active1992–present
Websitehttps://saketharaman.com

Saketharaman (born 24 November 1982) is one of the top performing musicians of Carnatic music in India. He is a prime disciple of Padmabushan Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. He started learning carnatic vocal from Late Srirangam Krishnamurthy Rao at the age of 4. Subsequently, he learnt under Late Smt. Savitri Satyamurthy. He has learnt several Padams and Javalis from Smt Geetha Raja. He currently learns rare kirthanas of Trinity and other yesteryear composers from Vid Shri Nagai Muralidharan. He also learns voice culture and Hindustani music from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri TV Gopalakrishnan.

Composer[edit]

Saketharaman has composed more than 100 Pallavis, which are featured regularly in his concerts. These have been composed in rare Thalas. Several thematic pallavis such as "SaptaSwara SaptaRaga SaptaThala", "Ashta Gowlai", "Swarakshara", "Ranjani mala", "Pancha Ranga Kshetra", "Tamil Isai", "Mysuru City" have been composed by Saketharaman.

Tunesmith[edit]

Saketharaman also dons the hat of a tunesmith. He has tuned several Mira Bhajans, Purandharadasar Devarnamas, compositions of Annamacharyar, Kanakadasar, Sadhasiva Brahmendral and Subramania Bharathiar. He presented a full-fledged 2.5 hour concert of Shri Adhi Shankaracharyar's works that were set to tune by him in Bengaluru Gayana Samaj.

Crossover with Saketh[edit]

Crossover with Saketh, a brainchild of Vidwan Saketharaman, is a web series intended to enhance the listening experience of Carnatic music. The objective is that the common man should be able to enjoy listening to Carnatic music without any barriers. Crossover is a smash hit, especially with the millennials. Won accolades all over and was featured in Sankara TV Super Singer

Kala Shiksha[edit]

Saketharaman runs a music school called Kala Shiksha. 125 school students learn Carnatic music, Nama Sankeerthanam and Tamil Isai in this school. Objective is to teach Carnatic music, Nama Sankeerthanam and Tamil Isai to all, regardless of economic and social barriers.

Divya Desa Sangeetha Yatrai[edit]

Divya Desa Sangeetha Yatrai is a musical journey to all the Divya Desams. There will be at least one Pasuram of the 12 Alwars that will be sung on every Divya Desam, along with explanation of the Pasuram and the signifiance of the Divya Desam. The Pasurams are either pre-tuned by legendary carnatic musicians or set to tune by Vidwan Saketharaman or sung in Virutham or free style format.

Awards[edit]

Title / Award Presented By Year
Best performer, adjudged by audience poll Learn Quest Music Conference, Boston 2019
Gold medal for Outstanding Ragam Thanam Pallavi Music Academy, Chennai 2018
Yuva Kala Ratna PSG Institutions, Coimbatore 2017
M.S.Subhalakshmi Award Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai 2016
Yuva Puraskar Sangeet Natak Akademy,Delhi 2014
Isai Peroli Karthik Fine Arts,Chennai 2014
Vani Kala Nipuna Thyaga Brahma Gaana Sabha,Vani Mahal, Chennai 2014
Shanmukha Sangeetha Shiromani Shanmuganandha Sabha,Mumbai 2012
Vocational Excellence award Rotary Club, Chennai 2012
Kalki Krishnamurthy Award Kalki Tamil Magazine 2011
Yuva Kala Bharathi Bharath Kalachar Chennai 2008
Best vocalist Music Academy Chennai for 3 consecutive years
Yagnaraman Award of Excellence for music Krishna Gana Sabha 2008
Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Youth Excellence Award Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust 2007
Ramabhadran centenary award Tag centre Chennai 2006

Discography[edit]

Here is a comprehensive list of his albums
Vandhaan Raghuraman Saketharaman Live at Paris-Swathi Soft Solutions 2012
Saketharaman,Live concert 2010 in Narada Gana Sabha -Charsur
Aatma Nivedhanam 2009 -Swathi Soft Solutions along with Vidwan Shri Umayalpuram Sivaraman and Vidwan Shri Mysore Nagaraj
Nadha Geetham 2009-Amudham
Saketharaman,Live concert 2008 in Bharath Sangeeth Utsav-Carnatica
Live concert 2001 in Naradha Gana Sabha-HMV

Personal life[edit]

Saketharaman's mother, Vijaya Santhanam, is a postgraduate in Chemistry and an ardent follower of Shri Shri Krishna Premi Swamigal. His father, Santhanam, is a Chartered Accountant. His elder sister, Vishaka Hari is a well known Harikatha exponent. His wife, Vidhya, is a doctor. The couple reside in Chennai and have a daughter and a son.

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