Usha Padmanabhan
Carnatic Vocalist, Tamil Nadu, India

Biography

Training :

  • Smt. Usha Padmanabhan has currently been under the training of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. R. Vedavalli for the last 9 years.
  • Prior to this she had her training under Nanganallur Sri V. Ramanathan for about 11 years.
  • Has also learnt padams and javalis from eminent musician Sangeetha Kala Acharya Late Smt. T. Muktha.
  • Masters’ Degree in Indian Music from the University of Madras (1989) with a Government Scholarship.

Notable Accomplishments :

  • 'A' Graded artist of the All India Radio (AIR).
  • Has composed music for the sacred work 'Ramanuja Nootrantadi', a CD of which was released by His Holiness Kaliyan Sri Vanamamalai Jeeyar Swami and Velukkudi Sri Krishnan Swami, in December 2012.
  • Performed for the prestigious Akashvani Sangeeth Sammelan series, 2011 at Tiruvananthapuram.
  • Composed and performed music for several successful Bharatnatyam dance dramas in Muscat, Oman.
  • In her youth, won 1st place in the All India Radio Competition, in the Carnatic classical category (1983), and several other competitions conducted by leading Sabhas in the city.
Shows & Major Performances

Performances :

Performer at several prestigious venues including -

- The Music Academy, Madras

- Narada Gana Sabha

- Sri Krishna Gana Sabha

- Nada Inbam (Raga Sudha)

- Vani Mahal

- Nadaneerajanam (Tirupati Tirumala Devastanam)

- Kala Sagaram (Hyderabad)

- R.R Sabha (Tiruchirapalli)

Also performed at prestigious venues in the Gulf, and for television (Isai Arangam - Podhigai TV, Jaya TV)

Quotes :

  • "... a well-trained voice, good guidance, strong foundation in raga and kirtana rendition... ...with ability she tapped the core of the ragas... ...loyalty to tradition with familiar pidis constituted the appealing aspect..." - SVK (The Hindu, April 2012)
  • "...the raga Kamboji, chosen as the main one, was presented with opulent phrases and rich sancharas in the delineation..." - Damodar Narayanan (The Hindu, October 2011)

Contact :

54/59,Venkatrathinam Nagar,

Adyar, Chennai

Ph : +91 98846 73517

email : ushatoday@gmail.com

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