Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam
Carnatic Vocalist, Tamil Nadu, India
Biography

With her career in music extending over two decades, Dr. Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam is today among the most sought after vocalists of the Carnatic Music tradition, uniquely known for her captivating voice, bhava rich music and extensive repertoire. She is a Ph.D in Music and has travelled widely for music conferences both in India and abroad. Vijayalakshmy is known for her authentic rendering of compositions with flawless diction. Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam started her training in Carnatic Music at New Delhi at the age of five under Shri K. Padmanabhan, a disciple of Harikesanallur Shri Muthiah Bhagavathar from the Swati Tirunal Academy, Trivandrum. Vijayalakshmy further honed her skills under the guidance of eminent Vidwans Shri K Krishnaswamy, Shri S.Rajam, Prof T.R.Subramaniam and Shri V.R.Krishnan.

Vijayalakshmy was awarded the Fulbright Visiting Lecturer Fellowship by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational Affairs in 2010. As part of the programme, she taught the subject – ‘An Introduction to Indian Music’ at the Duke University, North Carolina, USA (Aug – Nov 2010).

Vijayalakshmy was awarded the Fulbright Visiting Lecturer Fellowship by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational Affairs in 2010. As part of the programme, she taught the subject – ‘An Introduction to Indian Music’ at the Duke University, North Carolina, USA (Aug – Nov 2010). She has also a keen interest in music research, lecture demonstrations, documentation of rare compositions and has many productions to her credit under the banner 'VS Classics'. In June 2007, she produced “Apoorva Kriti Manjari” – a collection of twenty rare compositions of the Carnatic Music Trinity with recording and notations.

Shows & Major Performances

She has travelled widely for music conferences both in India and abroad. To mention a few - International Music Conference and Festival, ISS, Bangalore, India (January 2011) – lecture demonstration on Ekaika Ragams, National Graduate Conference for Ethnomusicology – Cambridge, UK (July 2006) where she presented a paper on- “What is the point of studying Music and Culture in today’s world?”, The Symposium of the International Musicological Society (SIMS) - Melbourne, Australia (July 2004) where she presented a paper on – ‘Music Communication: Raga and Tala – a bridge across’ , The Music Academy(Dec 1996) - Chennai, India where she presented a paper on –‘G.N. Balasubramaniam as a composer’

Awards & Recognitions

M.S Subbulakshmi Award
instituted by Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai,Dec 2010
Nada Bhushanam
Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, New Delhi, March 2012
Best Pallavi rendition prize
The Music Academy, Chennai, Jan 2007
Sahityapriya Award
from Kalavardhani, June, 2006
Sarada Krishna Iyer award
for outstanding performance’ from The Music Academy, Chennai, Jan 2005
Tulasivana Puraskaram
from the Tulasivanam Parishat, Kerala, December 2004
Sangeetha Shikamani
Award from the Andhra Social and Cultural Association, Chennai, 2000
Gaana Seva Rathnam
Awarded by the Purandara Dasar Aradhana Mahotsava Sabha, Chennai, 1997
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