Carnatic Vocalist, Tamil Nadu, India
Date of Birth : 16 - Apr - 1969
A Carnatic musician by profession, Sowmya’s life has been soaked in melody from the very beginning. Growing up in a traditional South Indian family, she had her initial tutelage in music from her father Dr. Srinivasan, a Chemical Engineer with an enduring passion for Carnatic Music. Later she was singularly fortunate to be taken under the wings of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan - exemplary musician, esteemed musicologist and extraordinary human being. She received further training from Smt. T. Muktha, of the legendary Brinda-Muktha duo.
She is a double postgraduate (Master’s in Chemistry as well as Indian Music) and was a top-ranked scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) and the University of Madras.
The desire to propagate the traditions of South Indian music worldwide led her to establish Carnatica, an institution dedicated to music & dance instruction, archival, talent search and other related activities.
Authored Nadanubhava, the world's first encyclopedic CD-ROM on Carnatic Music
Created "Nadopasana - My Own Carnatic Tutor", the world's first self-help Carnatic music guru based on Video CD & Karaoke format
First Carnatic musician to make a Video CD album (Live concert of Mahakavi Bharatiyar songs)
Lecture-demonstrations and workshops for SPIC-MACAY, YACM (Chennai) and various universities worldwideToured USA, UK, France, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Oman (for concerts, lecture-demonstrations, workshops and teaching assignments.
Awards to name a few recent ones
Sangeetha Saptha Sagara, Shanthi Arts Foundation, Chennai, 2005
Bala Ratna, Shri Bala Tripurasundari Peetham, Nemili, 2005
Asthana Vidushi, Sri Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham, 2003
Isai Peroli, Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai, 1996