Dr. Varalakshmi Anandkumar
Carnatic Vocalist, Tamil Nadu, India

Biography

Particulars of Tranining:

Varalakshmi Anandkumar had her initial training from her aunt Smt Maragatham Ramaswamy,presently Founder of the Ragamalika music school in Washington, U.S.A. Later she underwent training from the legendary Sri D.K.Jayaraman and became one of his foremost disciples.

Presently, she is under the tutelage of Sri P.S.Narayanaswamy and Sri Srimushnam Raja Rao.

An A grade artiste of All India Radio Chennai, she is a regular performer at concert platforms as well as on the radio and television. She has given programmes in all the Sabhas in Chennai round the year and at the music festival. She has toured the length and breadth of India and has visited Australia, Singapore and the Gulf.

She has participated in prestigious programmes of the AIR like the National programme of Music and the South Zone Hook up.

Having won innumerable prizes at music competitions at all the prestigious venues in Chennai, she has brought home three tambura prizes including the Rajaji Tambura awarded at the Tamil Isai Sangam. She has also been awarded prizes for concerts at the Gokulashtami series of the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and the December series at the Music Academy.

She was given an Award of Excellence by the sabha Hamsadhwani for ‘her excellent performance in the music series’ of 2008-2009.

Varalakshmi  has written a book ‘Janaranjakam’, a compilation of 50 notations of songs popularized by Sri D.K.Jayaraman, published by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and brought out by the D.K.J Foundation.

Armed with a PhD in French, holding the post of Associate Professor in French at the Queen Mary’s College, Chennai, Varalakshmi proves that it is possible to excel in two fields at the same time.

Shows & Major Performances

Performed at the prestigious Nada Neerajanam programme at the Thirupathi Thirumala temple that was telecast on the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel.

A regular performer at all the Sabhas in Chennai. Have given performances at all the major venues in the December festivals: at the Music Academy, the Mylapore Fine Arts, the Kartik Fine Arts, Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Srutilaya Kendra, Nada Inbam, Nadopasana the Indian Fine Arts, etc.
Have toured several cities of India: New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore, several places in Kerala and in Tamil Nadu.

Have given concerts in Australia and Dubai.

In 2007, gave a lecture/concert for the benefit of 200 delegates at an International French Congress at Pondichery which received stupendous response.


Have bagged almost all the prizes at competitions held at the Music Academy, the Indian Fine Arts Society and the Mylapore Fine Arts, besides participating in a vast number of competitions at the inter-collegiate level.

Was awarded the endowment prize for “outstanding vocalist in the 2009 series” by the Sabha Hamsadhwani, in August 2010.


Other:

Was author of the book ‘Janaranjakam’, a compilation of 50 notated kritis popularized by Sri D.K.Jayaraman and published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
A second volume is under preparation with CD.


Contact:

17/8, Bishop Waller’s Avenue (West), Chennai-600 004
Ph: +9144.2467.2539, +91.98400.63908
E mail: varalakshmi.anand@gmail.com

Awards & Recognitions

Best Vocalist

The best vocalist prize from the Krishna Gana Sabha at the Gokulashtami festival.

Best Raga Rendition

Have bagged prizes at the Music Academy’s music festival several times, including one for best Raga Rendition in 2000.

Innumerable competitions

Have won prizes at innumerable competitions held at the prestigious venues in Chennai including 3 tambura prizes: a) at the Tamil Sangam (Gopalakrishna Bharati’s compositions) b) the Papanasam Sivan Rasigar Sangam (compositions of Papanasam Sivan) c) the Indian Fine Arts Society (Thyagaraja’s compositions)

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