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Sripada Pinakapani

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Sripada Pinakapani
Born(1913-08-03)3 August 1913
OriginSrikakulam, India
Died11 March 2013(2013-03-11) (aged 99)
GenresIndian Classical Music
OccupationsClassical Vocalist
Years active1930 - 2006

Sripada Pinakapani (3 August 1913 – 11 March 2013), was a medical doctor, administrator, professor in medicine, and carnatic musician. [1] He received Sangeetha Kalanidhi award in 1983.[2]

Pinkapani was born at Priya Agraharam of Srikakulam district. He spent three months in violin maestro Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu's school. He joined M.B.B.S. in 1932. He completed M.D. in general medicine in December 1945 also from Andhra Medical College, under Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.[3]

Pinakapani worked as assistant professor at Madras Medical College from 1944 to 1949 and later at Andhra Medical College. He opted for Andhra Services and resigned to rejoin in the same post in 1951. He held the position of Professor of Medicine on 17 May 1954 and later transferred to Kurnool Medical College on 26 January 1957 and retired in the same position on 2 August 1968.[citation needed]

Pinkapani had a successful career performing at major festivals and concerts. His disciples include carnatic vocalists, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana, Voleti Venkatesvarulu, Srirangam Gopalaratnam, the Malladi Brothers and many others. He wrote several books on carnatic music and Gaanakalasarvasvamu ran multiple volumes which had every minute detail of krithis.[citation needed] He is the paternal grandfather of singer Chinmayi Sripada.[4]

He died on 11 March 2013 in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, at the age of 99, a few months short of completing 100.


Books written[edit]

  • Sangeetha Sourabhamu, (vol 1 – 4)
  • Sangeetha Yatra
  • Mela Raga malika
  • Manodharma sangeetham
  • Pallavi Gana sudha.


  1. ^ "Carnatic Musician Pinakapani passes away". Sakshi Post. Archived from the original on 13 March 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Veteran Carnatic musician Sripada Pinakapani passes away". Business Standard.
  3. ^ My reminiscences of AMC Vizag and KG Hospital Vizag by Dr.Sripada Pinakapani published in the Souvenair of AMC Alumni Global Meet 2008.
  4. ^ "On a high note". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  5. ^ Sangeetnatakakademi.vocal carnatic music awards Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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