Saraswati Vidyardhi

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Saraswati Vidyardhi
Background information
Born (1963-05-01) 1 May 1963 (age 60)
GenresCarnatic music, Indian classical music
Occupation(s)Vocalist; educator

Saraswati Vidyardhi (born 1 May 1963) is a Carnatic vocalist and composer from Andhra Pradesh, India. She has won critical acclaim for her intensive research in Anumandra sthai (octave). She is capable of singing notes below the mandra shadjam up to the anumandra shadjam, and has also unearthed rare Panchamantya ragas.

Early life and training[edit]

Vidyardhi was born in Kolkata into a family of musicians. She had basic musical training from her father Sri I V L Sastry,[1] the founder of Sangeetha Janakulam, a music school offering free coaching. She later became the disciple of Sri Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao,[2] a versatile musician of good repute. Vidyardhi has been under the tutelage of Dr. Nedunuri Krishnamurthy for over two decades.[2][3][4]


Vidyardhi has performed at various festivals and venues across India in all major cities under the aegis of various Sabhas including The Music Academy,[3] Sri Krishna Gana Sabha,[5] Mudra, and Sri Shanmukhananda. She has also performed for the Spirit of Unity Concerts for National Integration and All India Radio's Sangeet Sammelan.[6]


Vidyardhi holds an MA in Music from Andhra University. She was awarded a PhD in Music for her thesis, "The Unique Style and Personality of 'Padmabhushan', 'Sangita Kalanidhi' Dr Sripada Pinakapani."

Vidyardhi served as the Chairperson of the Board of Studies at Andhra University from 2008 to 2014.[7][8] She served as a selection committee member for several universities including Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visvavidyalayam, and Andhra University. At present, she is a Professor in the Department of Music at Andhra University[2][7] and has been guiding research scholars for over a decade.[2]

Research articles[edit]

Vidyardhi has authored sixteen research papers[2] and presented ten of them at various national and international seminars and conferences on music.[9][10] Eight of her research papers have been published in reputed music journals, including the Journal of The Music Academy. She has chaired sessions music conferences and was a resource officer at several workshops.[2] She has given many lecture-demonstrations on Carnatic music.[11]



Vidyardhi has published two books, both co-authored with her father: Sri Tyagaraja Ghanaraga Pancharatna Krithimala and Sankeerthana Ratnavali.[12] Her unpublished works include the books Taana Deepika, Sankeerthana Ratnakaram, and Simhagiri Sankeerthanas.


Vidyardhi, with her daughter, covered Dr Sripada Pinakapani's Varnams on the CD Varnamritham (2006).[2][13] In 2006 she also released Karnamritham, a CD of her own original devotional music.[2] Her other CDs include Nadamritham (2009), a 2-hour concert in two discs, and Annamayya Sangeetha Sourabham (2012), forty of the 15th-century saint Annamacharya's compositions set to tunes by Pinakapani, which was released on the eve of Pinakapani's 100th birthday.[2]


  • AIR Music Competition prize, Classical Vocals (1984)
  • Gold medal of the Visakha Music Academy (1984)
  • Gold medal – Ragam Tanam Pallavi Competition (1992)
  • Gold medal – Doorvasula Bhagavanlu Memorial (1992)
  • Outstanding Young Artiste Award from Jaycees (1992)
  • Outstanding Young Artiste Award from Visakha Music Academy (1997)
  • Top Grade in Carnatic Music from Prasar Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation of India, New Delhi (2008)

Personal life[edit]

Saraswati is married to K Eswara Chandra Vidyardhi and has a daughter named Lahari Kolachela.


  1. ^ "Rare honour for Saraswati Vidyardhi". The Hindu. 5 November 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Chandaraju, Aruna (11 March 2012). "Touching new musical 'lows'". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b Chandaraju, Aruna (25 July 2008). "High on the low". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Dr. Nedunuri Krishnamurthy" (PDF). Infocus. GITAM University: 15. 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 December 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  5. ^ Sivakumar, S (21 December 2010). "Refreshing inclusions". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  6. ^ Narayanan, Damodar (1 October 2010). "Absorbing renditions". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  7. ^ a b Chandaraju, Aruna (19 April 2012). "My digital saadhana". The Hindu BusinessLine. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Board of Studies". Andhra University. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  9. ^ Trivedi, Rajiv. "'Africa Meets Asia' – International Conference". Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  10. ^ Chandaraju, Aruna (18 July 2008). "Transcontinental delights". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  11. ^ A.R.S. (27 April 2007). "Discerning talk on the Saint's compositions". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 June 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  12. ^ ""®¾-A-'¹%-£¾Éðx "X¾"ä¬ÇEÂË Ÿ¿ª½-'Ç®¾ÕhÕ". VISAKHPATNUM-EENADU (in Telugu). Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Dr Saraswati Vidyardhi". RadioWeb Carnatic. Retrieved 6 June 2014.

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