Carnatic Vocalist, Tamil Nadu, India
Dr. Sudha started learning Carnatic Vocal Music at the age of 5 years. After coming to Chennai at 9 years of age, she has been totally under the tutelage of Vidhushi
Late. Sulochana Pattabhiraman.
Under her able guidance, she has performed in all the major Sabhas in Chennai.
Under her baton and training, she has released 10 albums of thematic Carnatic Music, under the Sangeetha, and Gita Cassettes banner.
After a masters in Forensic Science, she pursued a masters and M. Phil in Music. She has just submitted her doctoral thesis on ‘M.B. SRINIVASAN AND HIS CONTRIBUTION TO INDIAN CHORAL MUSIC’.
If carnatic was one eye, Choral music was the other. she has been singing and conducting, MBS’s THE MADRAS YOUTH CHOIR, singing for 35 years now, and conducting it since his demise 22 years ago. she was directly trained by him and she is one of the resource persons for Community Singing for the NCERT, SCERT and CCRT, Government of India.
She has also coordinated AAHA PAADALAM, a musical show for the Chennai Doordarshan for over 200 episodes, three years, and Sangeetha Swarangal for Imayam tv, and Sa re ga ma for Mega tv, 65 episodes.
Dr. Sudha, started her own music school to train young minds in Carnatic Vocal and Keyboard, and SUSWARA SCHOOL OF MUSIC is now 20 years old.
Currently, She is training more than 120 kids at her Music school.
She also trains corporate groups, and Bank Of Baroda’s Akshayam Group is one such.
All her students are regularly performing at major events, the Music season, etc.They have also cut three CD's on various themes.
Recently, She trained 65 children of the Sa Re Gaa - A children’s Choir, which met with stupendous success on its debut performance on the November 3rd,in
Write-ups of this event featured in THE HINDU, DOWNTOWN of 14th Nov, and in Dinamani on 4th Nov.
Now, the SARGAM group, a group for CHORAL MUSIC is being conducted and trained by her. There is a seperate group for kids and one for adults. This is also
making waves, and enthusing more people and kids to join the Choral Singing Movement.
She has also been regularly training children of VEDAVALLI VIDYALAYA, Ranipet and Wallajah. VIDYA VANAM – A school for tribal children in
Anaikkatti, Coimbatore. In fact 10 kids from Vidya Vanam, performed with Sa Re Gaa, during their debut performance.
It has always been her vision and dream to follow MBS’s ideal – Lets Sing Together- this literally means, kids and elders from all walks of life, ages and
vocation, more so the under-priveleged and downtrodden. In this connection, she conducts regular workshops for ASEEMA TRUST, run by cultural activist, V.R.
Devika. She has trained over 100 kids from Tambaram SOS village, Pudhiyador - In Besant Nagar Vannanthurai and the Boy’s club. These three groups had children
3 years and above, from the economicaly weaker sections of society and it was a joy to teach and hear them perform. Now regular weekly classes are
happening at Avvai Home, Adayar, and the Rukmini Arundale School, inside Kalakshetra.
She is also a special resource person in two prestigious schools, kids Central and Vruksha, where she is training the kids once a week.Shows & Major Performances
A SHORT FILM TITLED “HARMONY”IUM was filmed by the students of CUNY, Brooklyn University, USA, showcasing Dr. Sudha Raja's work and life.Awards & Recognitions
on August 1, 2011 for her thesis titled, “M.B. SRINIVASAN AND HIS CONTRIBUTION TO INDIAN CHORAL MUSIC”