A lawyer by education and a head of personnel and human resources function by experience for over 25 years. Trained in Indian Institutes of Management, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta on Human Resources Development. Also trained in Administrative Staff College, Hydrabad as well as Shriram Center for Industrial Relations, New Delhi.
Received an in-depth training on Japanese Motivation and Productivity techniques for 4 weeks conducted by the Asian Productivity Organisation, Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the Ishikawa Essay Contest Award for two years conducted by the Asian Productivity Organisation.
Did Advanced NLP Practitioners Certificate and Masters NLP Practitioners Certificate with NLP Comprehensive, CO, USA. A visiting coach for their Masters Track NLP Programme every year. Headed the Personnel and HRD function of leading organisations such as TVS, Beardsell, Durametallic and Sundaram Clayton. In all these organisations did extensive work in mindset change.
For the past four years doing a lot of intervention in the area of mindset change in many organisations in the context of liberalisation and economic reforms. Specialises in Attitude Engineering and Change Management interventions besides conducting programmes on empowerment and time management. Has addressed over 80,000 participants in various seminars covering these topics.
Has authored over 9 books besides contributing many articles in leading dailies and over 100 articles in The Hindu. Appeared over 100 times in one of the very popular TV Channels on Self-development and school related programmes using NLP
Time and again critics and rasikas have showered praise such as this by Sri. T.S. Parthasarathy in the Indian Express.
Since the age of 6, Srikanth has been at home on the stage, first as an actor in the Bhagavata Mela dance drama of Mellattur, Tamilnadu, and then also as a dancer in the tradition of Bharathanatyam. Srikanth has trained under several illustrious Gurus, including Sri. Shanmugasundaram Pillai, Dr. Saraswati, and Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam, at whose institution he broadened his horizons in the art of Natya as expounded by Bharatha Muni. He has also performed with leading dancers like Chitra Visweswaran, Lakshmi Viswanathan, Radha, Krishnaveni Lakshmanan, Malavika Sarukkai, Anita Ratnam, Shobana, Vineeth, etc.
Srikanth has been a regular performer in the sabhas of Chennai and has performed all over India, Andamans and abroad, in Thailand, France, Indonesia, Canada, the U.S.A., U.A.E and Reunion Islands, Mauritius, etc. Srikanth is a graded artist of Doordarshan and an empanelled artist of ICCR. Among other recognitions, he is the recipient of the 1997 Yuva Kala Bharathi Title, 1998 Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Manram Award, 2000 Talent Promotion Award and 2001 Award of Excellence, 2005 Lakshmi Viswanathan Endowment for Abhinaya, 2005 Pandanallur Shanmuga Sundaram Pillai Memorial Award and 2006 Nartana Kishora Sundaram. Srikanth has been awarded with the Junior Fellowship from the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India.
Srikanth has won over his audiences with his complete involvement and exact understanding of Natya, through which he brings alive his art. In the all-male Bhagavata Mela, he has specialised in performing female roles, such as Sita, Devaki, etc. The perfection Srikanth has attained in these roles and in his dance has won him accolades from all who have experienced his performances. He successfully balances and makes effective use of the Lasya and Tandava aspects in his dance choreography and innovations. His grace and poise have endowed him with an impressive stage presence.
Srikanth has acted in a few documentary and feature films including 'Srinivasa Ramanuja' for BBC, 'Charukesi' for ZDF channel, West Germany, 'Sculptures that come alive' for the International Film Festival, 'Ragam Sangeetham' and 'Bharatham' for Raj TV, Chennai, G.V.Iyer's feature film 'Swami Vivekananda', Performed in 'Shishu Sadhana'
Nalini Prakash is a gifted performer, choreographer, and teacher of Indian classical dance. She has specialized in the South Indian classical dance style, Bharatanatyam, which she has been cultivating for over thirty years.
Nalini is the Founder and Director of Silambam in Coonoor, an institution dedicated to teaching Bharatanatyam, South Indian classical Carnatic music and dance theory. Additionally, she holds the position of Founder Secretary of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nilgiris Kendra, which was inaugurated in May 2004. As a promoter of the performing arts, Nalini is also actively involved in coordinating performances in educational institutions for SPICMACAY in the Nilgiris.
Nalini began her training in Bharatanatyam with Sumathy Kaushal in Hyderabad. After moving to Chennai at a young age, she continued her training with Professor Sudharani Raghupathy, Founder and Principal Dancer of Shree Bharatalaya, a pre-eminent institution of Indian performing arts. Nalini developed her passion for dance in Chennai and presented her arangetram in 1976
Dr. Nithyasree Mahadevan is one of the most sought after musicians today, whose music transports the listener to the world of ecstasy and divinity, with her full throated singing, perfect diction, devotion and melody. She has several titles and awards to her credit.
Nithyashree's first Carnatic performance was for the Youth Association For Classical Music on 10 August 1987. The concert lasted 1 hour, and was scheduled between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. Prominent Carnatic musicians that were present at the concert, included D. K. Pattammal, D. K. Jayaraman, Vijay Siva, R. K. Sriramkumar, as well as the chief guest at that concert, K. V. Narayanaswamy.She has given numerous concerts consisting of only patriotic songs to commemorate the 50th year of Indian Independence, a few with D. K. Pattammal before her grandmother stopped performing in public.D. K. Jayaraman and D. K. Pattammal were known for singing and popularising the compositions of Papanasam Sivan, having learnt them directly from the composer himself. Nithyashree has continued this tradition. She has also given a lecture demonstration in Coimbatore for Manoranjitham on "Papanasam Sivan - A Legend", and made two special thematic albums that solely contained his compositions.Like D. K. Pattammal, Nithyashree has also popularised compositions of Gopalakrishna Bharathi. She presented a paper on the Life and Contribution of Gopalakrishna Bharathi for the Music Department of PSG College, Coimbatore. Her two thematic albums that solely consisted of his compositions have been very popular, both online and offline.
Mahamahopadhyaya Dr. Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana is a doyen and a multi faceted carnatic classical musician. Gifted with a sonorous voice and great caliber he adheres to classicism. A musicologist and an erudite scholar, an outstanding teacher benefitting his title Mahamahopadhyaya. He is a performer and a lecture demonstrator of universal appeal, an author of some of the most valuable and enriching works on music. He is an innovator of teaching methods, and a great visionary.
Nookala was born on 4th of August 1927 at Anakapally, Andhra Pradesh, India to Smt. Yegnachayanamma and Sri Annapurneswara Sarma as
O.S.Arun, undoubtedly one of the most gifted and popular Carnatic musicians in the country, inherits the mantle of singing from a family where music has been a way of life. He is the son and disciple of Sri O.V.Subramaniam, an illustrious musician from Delhi. The most appealing quality in O.S.Aruns music is his sonorous voice combined with captivating music. Vitality, sound grammar along with warmth of feeling and a wide repertoire of songs have earned him an enormous fan following all over the world. His remarkable control over the music idiom, his astounding range of music and his superior stagemanship make him one of the most sought after artists in the world of Carnatic music. He has performed extensively both in India and abroad in some of the most prestigious festivals like the Vishnu Digambar festival, the World Adelaide Festival (Australia), The International Delima Festival (Mauritius), The Qutub Festival (Delhi) etc.
He has numerous cassettes and CD releases of Bhajans, Carnatic music, Fusion music to his credit. He is also a recipient of several awards and titles. The Kalaimamani award by the TamilNadu Government, Brahma Gana Samrat, Madhura Gana Shiromani, etc are some of the popular titles he has been conferred.
The Thanjavur delta, which is synonymous with Carnatic music, has produced many sons of the soil who have excelled in the music field. One such ‘Cauveriyin mainthan’ is P S Narayanaswamy, who though did not belong to a musical parampara, yet has cast a spell on the audience for over five decades. His tryst with music started at the age of eight when he came under the tutelage of Tirupambaram Somasundaram Pillai. Music coursed through his veins which made his father discern the skill in the lad. Rigorous practice at dawn for about 4 hours laid a strong foundation for his future musical endeavours. An adolescent singing alapana, swaras with felicity is the hallmark of a true vidwan. Narayanaswamy started performing in marriage concerts at the age of 15, elaborating on a raga followed by swara exercises. PSN, as he is affectionately called, was spotted by the ‘Pitamaha of Carnati music’, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer who bade him join his gurukula, enamoured with Narayanaswamy’s method of singing. At that time, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer was at Trivandrum and principal of the Music College. PSN’s musical odyssey started there. After a stint at Trivandrum, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer returned to Chennai. PSN also came back and joined the All India Radio. From then there was no looking back for him. He is blessed to have accompanied his guru in all his concerts.
Smt.Parassala Ponnammal, hailing from Trivandrum is probably one of the few octogenarian performing musicians in the field of Carnatic music. She had the rare privilege to learn music directly under doyens like Sri Muthayya Bhagavathar and Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. Her music is steeped in tradition and simplicity. An
An accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer Priya Murle divides her time between teaching and performing Bharatanatyam at Shree Bharatalaya and doing research.
A multi-faceted personality, Priya began learning dance from the age of five at Shree Bharatalaya from Padma Sri Dr. Sudharani Ragupathy. She has also learnt Carnatic music from Padma Sri Vidvan Madurai N. Krishnan as well as Sanskrit from Pandit Thangaswami Sharma. Priya has been working at Shree Bharatalaya for 10 years, where she teaches dance and is also involved in choreography. She has given several performances all over India as well as in Europe and America, besides giving lecture demonstrations to students in India and overseas.
She has received numerous awards and merit certificates, including the prestigious title of "Yuva Kala Bharati" from Bharat Kalachar, and the Bharata Kala Bhushana from Shree Bharatalaya. She was the recipient of the Senior Scholarship for Dance instituted by the Department of Culture of the Government of India. She was also a visiting Professor of Dance at the Government of India Music College, Tamil Nadu, in 1994. She has participated in both the television serials on Dance presented by her Guru, Sudharani Raghupathy. She is a graded artiste of the Doordarshan Kendra, India.
Deeply committed to music and dance, Priya Murle has worked at Sruti - where she is the Executive in charge of the Research & Documentation Centre and the Publication & Audio-visual departments.
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