Sanjay Subrahmanyan

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Sanjay Subrahmanyan
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Background information
Born (1968-01-21) 21 January 1968 (age 50)
Origin Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Carnatic music – Indian Classical Music
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1987–

Sanjay Subrahmanyan (born 21 January 1968 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu) is a Carnatic vocalist from India. He was awarded the Madras Music Academy's Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 2015.

Biography[edit]

Sanjay Subrahmanyan was born on 21 January 1968 in Chennai to S. Sankaran and Aruna Sankaran (who learned music from Rukmini Rajagopalan, Flute Rajaram Iyer, Maruthuvakudi Rajagopala Iyer and Mayavaram Saraswati). His father S. Sankaran, popularly known as Burma Sankaran, was a member of the drama troupe led by Cho Ramaswamy.[citation needed] He began learning music at age eight, studying the violin with V. Lakshminarayana and vocals from his aunt late Sukanya Swaminathan. He studied 'Carnatic vocal music from Rukmini Rajagopalan for eight years, until 1988, and after 1989 with Calcutta K. S. Krishnamurthi. It is during this phase, which lasted until KSK’s death in 1999, that he started first developing and then mastering an innovative style of singing that blended tradition and modernity,[1] and he set aside his career as an accountant for one in music.

It was during this period that Sanjay Subrahamanyan, along with several of his young contemporaries founded the Youth Association of Carnatic Music (YACM). YACM was created for the purpose of promoting Carnatic music amongst the youth, and provided a platform for young Carnatic musicians to showcase their talents.

He studied with Semponarkoil S. R. D. Vaidyanathan from 2002 until 2013.[citation needed]

In this period, Sanjay Subrahmanyan started to explore vivadi (dissonant) ragas. He sang ragam-tanam-pallavis in Hindusthani ragas. He explored several rare raga-s that are not often sung in concerts.

Personal life[edit]

Sanjay Subrahmanyan is married to Aarthi Sanjay, a musician, since 1993; they have two children.[citation needed]

Awards & titles[edit]

Filmography and Discography[edit]

Sanjay Subrahmanyan was the subject of the documentary film "Aaraar aasaippadaar" by filmmaker Prasanna Ramaswamy; the documentary film was screened in November 2006 in Chennai.

His albums are also available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Gumroad and other popular digital distribution portals.

Sanjay Subrahmanyan’s discography is presented below:

Year Album Title Accompanists Contents
1984 Neerajakshi R. K. Shriramkumar - Violin, K Arun Prakash - Mrdangam, N. Ganesh Kumar - Kanjira Sri Kanchi (Asaveri), Kantajoodumi (Vachaspati), Neerajakshi (Hindolam), Sri Venugopala (Durbar), Thiruvadi Charanam (Kambodhi)
1990 Classical Moods - Varnam (Saveri), O Rajeevaksha (Arabhi), Ramanatham (Pantuvarali), Edayya Gathi (Chalanatai), Bhuvinidasudane (Sriranjani), Thyagarajaya (Begada)
1994 Carnatic Vocal Vittal Ramamurthy - Violin; K. Arun Prakash - Mrdangam Varnam (Kanada), Sobillu (Jaganmohini), Seethapathe (Khamas), Maayamma (Aahiri), Sri Dakshinamurthe (Sankarabharanam), Aravinda (Kapi)
1994 Ganamrutham - Vanajakshi Varnam (Kalyani), Sankari (Saveri), Ramanamapayasake (Anandabhairavi), Brocheva (Sriranjani), Aadum deivam (Kambodhi), Chinnanchiru Kiliye (Ragamalika)
1995 Rasanubhavam Vittal Ramamurthy - Violin, K. Arun Prakash - Mrdangam, Neyveli Venkatesh - Kanjira Thulasidalamulache (Mayamalavagowla), Parama Pavani (Atana), Ammaravamma (Kalyani), Gaanaamudapaanam (Jyothiswaroopini), Saraguna Palimpa (Kedaragowla), Thillana (Kamas), Thirupugazh (Bagesri), Vidajaaladura (Janaranjani), Thikutheriyada (Ragamalika)
1997 Live Waves From Melbourne R. K. Shriramkumar - Violin; K. Arun Prakash - Mrdangam Varnam (Kalyani), Korinavara (Ramapriya), Sri Kalamambikayam (Sahana), Emani Pogadathura (Veera Vasantham), Male Manivanna (Kuntalavarali), Ragam Thanam Pallavi in Bhairavi. (2-CD set).
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rare honour for Sanjay Subrahmanyam- Lakshman Sruthi - 100% Manual Orchestra -". www.lakshmansruthi.com. 
  2. ^ Kolappan, B. (21 June 2015). "Coveted 'Sangita Kalanidhi' title for Sanjay Subrahmanyan". Retrieved 17 February 2018 – via www.thehindu.com. 
  3. ^ "Renowned artistes honoured". 4 December 2013 – via www.thehindu.com. 

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