Smitha Madhav

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Smitha Madhav
Origin Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Genres Carnatic music – Indian Classical Music and Classical Dance
Occupation(s) Carnatic Musician, Dancer
Website Official website

Smitha Madhav[1] is an accomplished and performing Carnatic Classical Singer and Bharatanatyam Dancer.[2] Carnatic music is a system of music commonly associated with the southern part of India and one of the two main classifications of Indian Classical Music (the other being Hindustani Classical Music). Smitha is an eminent and versatile artist in both forms of these fine arts.

Early life[edit]

Keeping up with the tradition of the Guru Shishya Sampradaya, wherein students visit their gurus face to face on a daily or a weekly basis to learn music, Smitha began learning Carnatic vocal music at the age of four and gave her first public performance in 1994. Her renditions in concerts reflects a melodious voice and a mastery of the four fundamental elements of classical music namely Sruthi, Swara, Raga and Thala that comes as a result of several years of training and practice. Smitha's concerts have spellbound diverse audiences from Rasikas to the lay man alike across cities and towns all over India and abroad. Her enthusiasm and energy to promote these fine arts is noteworthy.

Music career[edit]

Smitha has been trained in Bharatanatyam by Guru Nritya Choodamani Smt Rajeswari Sainath, the director of Sruthi Laya Kendra Natarajaalaya. This institute was founded by one of the stalwarts and heavy weights in Carnatic Classical Music, Mrudangam maestro Karaikudi Mani. She also continues to receive advanced training in Carnatic Classical music from Ms Lalitha & Ms Haripriya, better known as Hyderabad Sisters. Smitha has a Diploma program in Music and Dance from the Telugu University which she completed with distinction. She is currently pursuing the Masters' Program in Dance from the Indirakala Sangeet Vishwa Vidyalaya and the Masters' programme in Music from the Madras University. She is an empanelled artiste of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)[3]

Tours and performances[edit]

Smitha has performed in all major sabhas all over India and has presented her concerts in the United States of America, Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. She rendered nearly 30 recitals and lecture demonstrations across the United States to render funds for Vegesna Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to serving differently-abled children.[4][5][6][7]

Choreographies[edit]

Smitha also choreographs on her own and has to her credit four major works

  • Raagam Raaghavam: A solo thematic Bharatanatyam presentation based on various renditions of the Ramayana
  • Navasandhi: A dance tribute to the Dikpalas
  • Sri Venkata Gireesham Bhaje: A multi-lingual solo choreographic work that traces the pilgrims progress from Tirupati to Tirumala.[8]
  • Kesadi Paadam: A work using pure dance, instrumentation and Aahaarya to tell various hitherto unheard stories from the life of Lord Krishna.

Film and television[edit]

  • Smitha played the lead role of Seetha in the feature film Bala Ramayanam (1996) produced by M.S. Reddy and directed by Gunasekhar. Unique in that its entire cast comprised children between 10 and 12 years of age, the film went on to win the National award.
  • More recently, Smitha played the female lead in Prithvi, a bi-lingual (Bengali and Telugu) art film directed by Sisir Sahana.[9][10]

On television, Smitha has anchored several shows in multiple languages.

  • She has hosted several episodes of the Gemini TV show Jayam Manade.
  • She has hosted a year-long season of Annamayya Sankeerthanarchana, a Carnatic music show on Sri Venkateswara Bhakthi Channel (TTD) along with scholar and musicologist, Sri Pappu Venogopala Rao.
  • In Tamil,Smitha coordinated and presented Vijay TV's Sangeetha Sangamam, a successful program that showcased promising and upcoming Carnatic musicians
  • Smitha also featured in Krishna Vijayam on Vijay TV where she presented a series of classical numbers coinciding with the Deepavali celebrations on the Tamil channel.
  • She performed at the Bhakti Tiruvizha held at Narada gana sabha, Chennai that was telecast on Vijay TV. * Her rendering in dance format of all 30 pasurams of the Aandaal Tiruppavai has been featured in the Bhakti Channel, Hyderabad.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Smitha's work has been widely acknowledged and she is the recipient of various prestigious awards. Some of these are given below

  • Balachaitanya Award for outstanding performance in Bharatanatyam by Aradhana Cultural Association
  • Ugadi Purashkar Award by the Madras Telugu Academy, Chennai
  • Guru Sishya Parampara Award by Vamsee Art Theatres and Raga Sapthaswara
  • Kala Shravanthi Award by Annamacharya Vignana Peetham, Cudappah
  • Ugadi Purashkar Award by Natya Ravali Academy of Dance, Visakhapatnam
  • Gold medal in the Inter-University music competition conducted by the TTD
  • Women Achievers Award from Shri N Chandrababu Naidu, Former Hon CM of Andhra Pradesh
  • Yuva Kala Bharathi Award, Bharat Kalachar, Chennai
  • Natya Bhairavi Award, Shri Bhairavi Gana Sabha, Chennai
  • Cultural Ambassador for San Antonio – Chennai Sister City Alliance.

List of select concerts[edit]

2011 at a glance[edit]

  • Smitha Madhav gave a dance performance in November 2011 for the Singapore Management University's e-MBA pioneer class.[11] The theme of this performance was Leadership and Management principles through Bharatnatyam. This performance did not showcase just the traditional art form, but explained certain key concepts that can be applied to present day management and leadership from ancient Indian Texts like the Ramayana and Mahabharata. She was responsible for the end to end orchestration of the program including conceptualisation, scripting, choreography, background music score and narration for the event. The performance was well received by the foreign audience.
  • Smitha was honoured with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao SWARNA KANKANAM award in September 2011.[12] On this occasion, she presented a unique twin recital, where she rendered a classical song while simultaneously dancing to a pre-recorded orchestra. The recital was conceived as a tribute to T Balasaraswathi and M.S. Subbalakshmi. The songs chosen were 2 of their ever green songs. Krishna Ni Begane Baaro from Balamma's repertoire and a Meera Bhajan, More tho giridhar Gopal, popularised by M. S. Subbulakshmi
  • Smitha gave two performances at the World Tamil Economic Conference held in Dubai from 1 October 2011 to 4 October 2011. One was a bharatanatyam performance and a second was a vocal recital of Tamil Songs.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Template:Cite/news
  2. ^ "Smitha Madhav". artscape. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Indian Council for Cultural Relations". 
  4. ^ "Vegesna Foundation Official Page". 
  5. ^ "Vegesna Foundation 2006 Fund Raising". 
  6. ^ Ponangi, Ravi R. "Smitha Madhav Kicks Off US Tour With Dance and Music". 
  7. ^ "Telugu Association of Greater Greenville". 
  8. ^ Staff Reporter (15 September 2006). "Thematic solo dance on pilgrimage". Hyderabad, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 15 September 2006. 
  9. ^ Chowdhary, Sunita Y (30 June 2007). "Emotional Journey into the realm of art". Hyderabad, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
  10. ^ Raghuvanshi, Alka (7 October 2006). "Dance and Art Unite". Hyderabad, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 7 October 2006. 
  11. ^ Kumar, Ranee (17 November 2011). "Redefining Management Steps". Hyderabad, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  12. ^ Kumar, Ranee (30 September 2011). "Rare Song and Dance Feat". Hyderabad, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "2nd World Tamils Economic Conference – Exhibition". 

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