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|Born||21 January 1968|
|Origin||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Genres||Carnatic music – Indian Classical Music|
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. 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, 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.
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.
Sanjay Subrahmanyan is married to Aarthi Sanjay, a musician, since 1993; they have two children.
Awards & titles
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- 2016: Isai Perarignar title
- 2016: Sangita Kalanidhi award from the Music Academy, Chennai.
- 2013: Gaana Padhmam from the Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai.
- 2012: GiIMA Award, Best Album in Carnatic Vocal Music
- 2011: GiIMA Award, Best Album in Carnatic Vocal Music
- 1986: First prize in the All India Radio music competition
Filmography and Discography
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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.
Sanjay Subrahmanyan’s discography is presented below:
|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).|
- "Rare honour for Sanjay Subrahmanyam- Lakshman Sruthi - 100% Manual Orchestra -". www.lakshmansruthi.com.
- Kolappan, B. (21 June 2015). "Coveted 'Sangita Kalanidhi' title for Sanjay Subrahmanyan". Retrieved 17 February 2018 – via www.thehindu.com.
- "Renowned artistes honoured". 4 December 2013 – via www.thehindu.com.