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A capsule of the career of the Carnatic Vocalist

Smt. MANDA SUDHA RANI



GENESIS & FAMILY
Born in 1964 to Sri A V Ramana Murty and Smt. Kalyani and Married to Dr.Rama Prasad in 1989.

ACADEMICS
B.Sc. from M R College, VIZIANAGARAM in 1983. Diploma in Music from Andhra University with Distinction & 1st position in 1984. M.A.(Music) from Andhra University with 1st position in 1993.

TUTELAGE
Sri K Rangacharyulu and Smt. Seshumani imparted the early lessons to SudhaRani. 
However, her performing abilities and pervading music values have been crystallised by 
Sri IVATURI VIJAYESWARA RAO, himself a worthy disciple 
of the great music savant, 
Sri Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu of VIZIANAGARAM.


Sri Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao
SPECIALISATION
ACADEMIC CONTRIBUTION
a) Significant Work in the field of ‘Pallavi Singing’.

Sudha Rani is the person to popularize pallavis of all varieties since 1980s and
brought gravity to the format of the concert in these areas.

She rendered the archaic music feat of ‘Shat Kaala Pallavi’ Pallavi in 6 speeds.      
Gave the The 1st Public Performance of the same in 
Maharajah’s Government Music College, 
Vizianagaram in 1987. 

It was also performed in reputed Sabhas like
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai), Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat (Bangalore),
Visakha Music Academy (Visakhapatnam) 
and won the accolade & appreciation of Vidwans. 

‘Shat Kaala Pallavi’ is archived by All India Radio, Vijayawada.


b) Sudharani is well known for her unique pallavi's which are known for their laya soukhyam 
and aesthetic appeal     
    some of them are :

    1. Triraaga Pallavi- Kedaragoula-Kedara-Goula.
    2. Bhairavi Malika-(Nata-Ananda-Saalaga-Sindhu Bhairavis).
    3. Maa Mayuranaadha – Dwinada (Trisra and Chaturasra) in Bilahari
    4. Khanda Chaturasram –  Showing Taala in Khanda Nada & singing a Varnam in
          2 speeds in Chaturasra Nada –
          a feat in Laya to adjust 4 & 8 swaras per 5 Taala syllables.

     5. Panchanada Pallavi in a special format in which 4,3,5,7,9 swaras are sung                                                                                                 
                                         in that order per each beat containing 4 Taala syllables.

    6. Sankeerna Gati Pallavi in Sankaraabharanam and Kalyani.

c) Taala Avadhaanaas :  Presenting two different Taalas with both hands simultaneously, she sang 
a Pallavi for Sangita Kala Samithi, Visakhapatnam in 1995.

d) Workshops, Seminars, Lecture Demonstrations etc.,
     WORKSHOP on ‘Tyaagaraaja’s Utsava Sampradaaya’ & ‘Divya Naama Keertanaas in 
     Andhra University, Visakhapatnam on 30.03.2009.

SEMINAR on ‘SHAT KAALA PALLAVI’ in Telugu University, Hyderabad.
    
     LECTURE DEMONSTRATIONS on the ‘Uniqueness of the Compositions of
                                 Syama Sastry & Muttu Swami Dikshitaar’ under the aegis of   
                                 Sri Tyaaga Raaja Aaraadhana Trust, Visakhapatnam.
   
     Presented a PAPER on ‘Syaama Sastry’s SWARAJATIS’ in a          
                                  National Conference on Music, in Andhra University in 2000.
e) Articles -  
Sudha Rani wrote an exhaustive treatise on 
‘Kalpita Sangeetam as the basis of Manodharma Sangeetam’. 
She submitted it to the Ministry of HRD & Dept. of Culture, Government Of India and was awarded a fellowship for the same.


f) Significant Work in All INDIA RADIO
Conducted ‘Sangeeta Sikshana’ a number of times.
Composed and conducted ‘Bhakti Ranjani’ (2009).
Sudha Rani was invited as Judge for Local Audition as well as Local Competitions conducted 
by AIR Studios, Visakhapatnam.

g) Concert Format - Her concert is a combination of popular major Raagas & rare Raagas,
Raagas with lot of bhaava-oriented gamakas & Raagas with flat notes with utmost sharpness. 
Her Swara Kalpana in Vakra Raagas like Malavi, adanakutuhalam, Chenchukambhoji 
brought her reputation and respect.


Many senior vidwans acknowledged that
Sudha Rani’s music inspired contemporary musicians.

PROWESS

Won Radio Music Competitions in 1980 and became a Casual Artist for AIR.
Soared to ‘TOP RANK’ in 2009.
Sings regularly from All India Radio, Visakhapatnam.
Performed in Radio Sangeet Sammelan in 1994 & 2002.
Performed in AIR National Programme in 1999, 2006 & in 2008 (Trinity Music Festival.
Won a spate of music competitions conducted by Sabhas in Andhra & Madras.
Gave performances for the Sabhas in Andhra, Madras, Bangalore, Kerala, Mumbai, Calcutta, Delhi and  M .P, time and again.

Received Junior Fellowship from Dept. of Culture & Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.
Performed on 20.01.1990 in the Festival of Music & Dance organised by ICCR & Sangeeta Natak Academy, New Delhi featuring young artists from all over India.  
Performed under the aegis of ‘SPIC MACAY’ many times.


TITLES CONFERRED

 `Gana Kalaa Bhaarathi’ by Sri Bhaaarathi Gaaana Sabha of Amaaapuram (2000)
‘Vijaya Sangeeta Ratna’  by The Vijayanagar Fine Arts, HYD (2006)
 ‘Sunaada Sudha Nidhi’ by Gayaka Sarvabhouma Sangeetha Parishat,
            VIZIAWADA (2008)
 ‘Sangeetha Sudhaa Nidhi’ by Vijaya Tyagaraja Sabha ,Visakhapatnam (2009).


Sudharani along with her daughter performingHer daughter Kum. Prathyusha Sruthi Ravali is also a budding artist. She is a voco violinist. 


click here to visit her blog  -  sruthiravali.blogspot.in


To listen to the concert of both Sudharani & her daughter, click here





FELICITATIONS



1986 - By Vijaya Tyaagaraaja Sangeeta Sabha of Visakhapatnam  through Durvasula Bhagavanlu  Memorial Gold Medal.


1987 - By Sruthi Foundation of New Delhi.

1994 - By Visakha Music Academy of Visakhapatnam.

2003 - By Vedic Seva Trust of Visakhapatnam.

2010 – By Vijaya Tyaagaraaja Sangeeta Sabha of Visakhapatnam.

2010 – By Visakha Music and Dance Academy of Visakhapatnam.

2010 – By Gayatri Mahila Sangeeta Sanmandali of Guntur.



AWARDS

Sudha Rani received:
Cultural Talent Search Scheme Award by the Govt. of India. (1977 – 1983)
Scholarship for Young workers in various Cultural fields by Govt. of India. (1984-87)
Award for Pallavi-Singing from Madras Music Academy (1982).                               
Award for Pallavi-Singing from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai (1985).               
Concert Awards of Madras Music Academy (1987 & 1992).                                      
Voleti Venkateswarlu Memorial Award by Visakha Music Academy (1992).


Concerts Abroad (USA)

Cleveland : Tyagaraja Aaradhanotsavam conducted by ‘Bhairavi Fine Arts (2006)
Her concert there was well appreciated by maestros & noted musicians like
Sri Umayaalpuram Sivaraaman, Vellore Ramabhadran, Aruna Sairam, Ravikiran, etc.

California : South Indian Fine Arts (SIFA) & Silicon Andhra.
Chicago : Sri Annamaachaarya Project of North America (SAPNA)                                                  

Her extempore rendition of Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Karaavalambana Stotram in Raaga Maalika was well received. She performed at other places like Detroit, Raleigh, Kansas City, Columbus, Seattle and so on.

Cassettes & CDs

Prahlaada Bhakti Vijayam (MP 3 CD) –
Tyagaraja’s musical opera containing 40 Kirtanas tuned, sung& conducted by her.

Srimat Sundara Kaanda (MP 3 CD) –
Entire text from Vaalmiki Raamaayana is tuned & rendered along with Pantula Rama

Sampradaaya Sangeeta Sudha – (Audio & Video CDs) –
A series of CDs of classical music rendered by MANDA SUDHA RANI.

Sri Rama Tarangaas – (Cassettes & CDs) –
Verses by Late Sri Kandala Venkata Kavi on Lord Rama are tuned & sung by her.

Sudharani receiving Award from "Sangeeta Kala Nidhi" Sri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy
Kritis of Dwaram Venkata Krishniah Naidu (Audio CD)

Sudha Rani rendered kirtanas of Late Sri Dwaram Venkata Krishnayya Naidu & the CD 
was released by ‘Sangeeta Kalanidhi’ Sri Nedunuri Krishna Murty in the
Centenary Celebrations of Late Sri Dwaram Narasingarao Naidu in Nov. 2008.

‘Carnatic Vocal’ is an Audio CD she rendered for ‘GURUKRUPA’ of Bangalore.


Spectrum of PRESS REVIEWS of Sudha Rani's performances

N.SRINIVASAN of Sruthi, New Delhi - "Her performance was remarkable for Classicism, Musical acumen, Voice-felicity, Immaculate diction, Sense of proportion and Confidence"  
               

click below to goto the link                          
Sudharani's Madras Music Academy concert review - "EXCEPTIONAL TALENT"
    
click below for another review                                         
Sudharani's MMA Concert - 4 Raga RTP - Review
                       

SUBBUDU, New Delhi - "Her voice is golden and melody-soaked and her classicism is beyond question. She traversed the octaves, three of them, with confidence and competence - Has a feeling for lyrics"
                            
   The Times Of India - Unblemished intonation
"She has one of those voices which are not squeaky falsettos. It is a strong, full-bodied and uses a sharp nasal resonance to telling effect. In Carnatic music, it is not often that you hear an untroubled Mandra Panchamam that is not artificially contrived. 
But, Sudha Rani slides down to the note with a bell-like beauty and roundness".
                                                                                                                                                                 
Mahati, Hyderabad - "Has a unique quality of resting and dealing effectively at lower octaves, unlike most of the female singers who jump to Taara Sthayi too soon. The concert of Sudha Rani erased beyond doubt the fear and premonition that excellence, vitality and competence in Carnatic Music is gone with the masters of the bygone years. It has also proved that the dedication the past masters had is revived with added vigour".
       







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