Padma Shankar Resume

      Padma Shankar

Padma Shankar started her training in music at a tender age from her vainika mother, Mrs Lakshmi Narayanan(disciple of Late Ananthakrishna Bagavathar of Calcutta). Padma's initial training in violin was from (late) Shri. Ramakrishna Sarma of Mumbai. Now, she has the good fortune of being under the tutelage of the great violin maestro, Padmabhushan. Shri. Lalgudi G. Jayaraman.

Padma has accompanied veterans like Dr M. Balamuralikrishna, Tanjavur Sankara Iyer, Smt Vedavalli, Kalpagam Swaminathan, N. Ramani Suguna Varadachary, Suguna Purushottaman, Aruna Sairam just to name a few. Also accompanied vocalists like Sanjay Subramaniam, Vijay Siva, Dr Ganesh, Sikkil Gurucharan, Ranjani Gayatri
Gayathri Venkataraghavan and upcoming musicians

She has had the great opportunity of accompanying her guru Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman in his violin concert. She has also accompanied him in his lecture demonstrations.

Padma has had the unique opportunity of learning the compositions of the living legend Dr Balamuralikrishna directly from him

Prizes and Awards

1984 Best violinist ( Junior ) Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai

1985 Best violinist (Senior ) Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai

1985 Kalki Memorial Prize Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai

1995 Lalgudi Gopala Iyer endowment Tamil Isai Sangam , Chennai

1996 Best violinist V D S Arts Academy , Chennai

1997 Best violinist (Spirit of Youth) Music Academy , Chennai

1997 Best violinist V D S Arts Academy, Chennai

1997 Best Violinist ( Gokulashtami) Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai

2003 V. Lakshminarayana Memorial Music Academy , Chennai

2003 Title of Naada Oli Naada Inbam, Chennai

2004 N. V. Raghavan Memorial Music Academy, Chennai

2005 Best Violinist Parthasarathy Sabha, Chennai

2006 T T Ramgaswami Memorial
Prize Music Academy, Chennai
2006 V. Lakshminarayanan Memorial
Prize Music Academy, Chennai

2006 Sangita Kalanidhi T T Subbarao
Prize Music Academy , Chennai

2007 Semmangudi Narayanaswami Iyer
Memorial award Music Academy, Chennai

2007 Naum Lichenberg Prize Music Academy , Chennai

2007 Thirukodikaval R KrishnaIyer Prize Music Academy, Chennai

2012 " GANA MANI " title conferred by the Vighneshwara Cultural Academy, Chennai

Padma is graded A by the All India Radio and is a regular performer in both
All India radio and doordarshan.
She is a post graduate in music from the University of Madras.

She has performed in all leading Sabhas and various music festivals in India. She has
performed in the U S A , Canada, France , Singapore , Malaysia and the Middle East
In June 2004, she has performed in the first ever carnatic classical symphony composed and conducted by Lalgudi. Jayaraman and Lalgudi G. J R Krishnan and which was premiered in Singapore.
Has participated in the Tam Tam fest 2007 held in Tel Aviv , Israel with the Laya Project Live ( world music)
Have participated in the Earth Sync Festival 2008 with world musicians .
Padma has a number of albums released as violin accompanist as well as solo albums.

Contact details
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Updated:  February 13, 2012

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