Aruna Sairam
Carnatic Vocalist, Tamil Nadu, India
Date of Birth : 12 - May - 1960

Aruna Sairam was born in Bombay - a city whose rich cultural life embraces the majority of India 's artistic fields - into a family of Tamil stock with a deep love of music. Her mother, Smt. Rajalakshmi Sethuraman, who was a disciple of the Alathur Brothers and Thanjavoor Sankara Iyer, was her first teacher in the art of Carnatic music. She later received training from prominent vocalists, Madurai Somasundaram and T. Brinda. She also learnt the art of pallavi singing from T. R. Subramaniam. Her father, a fine and knowledgeable connoisseur, established their house as a favourite guest home for the greatest musicians and dancers from both Northern and Southern India, such as the dancer Smt. T. Balaraswati, the Khayal singer Ustad Amir Khan and the Carnatic flutist Sri. T. R. Mahalingam, Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. M. S. Subbulakshmi. It was in this propitious atmosphere, which was fundamental to the development of her art, that Aruna Sairam met Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. T. Brinda, who taught her for the next several years, training her in the style of her own mentor, the great Veena Dhanammal, one of the most outstanding figures in Carnatic music, still today a source of profound inspiration for Southern India's leading musicians.

Drawing on her long concert career and a number of significant encounters with other great musicians, Aruna Sairam is known for her own style. Aruna's voice is a beautiful blend of resonance and range. It has an unusual timbre which gives it a special quality. Add to this the musical legacy rooted in the traditional classicism of her guru, as well as her own openness, you have Aruna Sairam.

The deep emotional impact of Aruna's music intensely moves her listeners and has deservedly made her the favorite of pundits and the public alike. Today Aruna occupies an important place in the Carnatic music world.

Shows & Major Performances

Aruna Sairam collaborated with many Indian artists, apart from internationally acclaimed artistes, like Dominique Vellard, the French Gregorian singer.

Aruna Sairam has presented her concerts in all major sabhas in India, as well as many destinations across the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Le Theatre de la Ville in Paris and the Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco.


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Awards & Recognitions

Padma Shri
by the Government of India
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