Kalyani Shankar Resume

      Kalyani was born to Shri T.V.Panchapakesan and Smt Radha of Tanjore District, Tamilnadu. Brought up in a home where all her parents and elder sisters were singers and great listeners, it was quite natural that music percolated the spirits and heart of young Kalyani.She had her basic music lessons from her mother.Her sisters, disciples of T.R.Balamani imparted advanced training to her in vocal music.

Kalyani's passion to violin started in the days when she was an avid listener of Lalgudi Jayaraman. Observing her keen interest in the instrument, she was put under the tutelage of Sangeethabhushanam Shri T.S.Krishnaswamy of Sri Shanmukananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai, at a very young age. She started her musical journey as an accompanying artist at the tender age of 14 and has several hundreds of performances since. She received advanced training in the nuances of swara and raga playing from the legendary vidwan Prof. Shri V.V.Subrahmanyam.

Kalyani has given several vocal concerts along with her elder sister Lakshmi and the duo was popular as Matunga Sisters.As a violinist, she has accompanied top ranking artistes like Shri Balamuralikrishna, Smt.Mani Krishnaswamy, Ravi Kiran, Bombay Sisters, Sudha Raghunathan, Bombay Jayashri, and Nityashree Mahadevan. Both a vocalist and violinst, Kalyani effortlessly brings the Gayaki style in her violin playing and is popular for her anusaranai technique. Currently she is a performer with the Swara laya lavanya group



Kalyani is also a commerce graduate from R.A Podar college of Commerce and Economics, Matunga, Mumbai. A manager in the Operations Wing of the Standard Chartered bank for about twenty years, Kalyani has given up her career in banking to devote her time completely to music.


Some Achievements and Milestones:

Awarded “Shanmukha Sangeethamani” by the Shanmukananda Fine Arts and Sangeeth Sabha, Mumbai in the year 1986.


Participated in a number of CD recordings.

Presented various lec dems on violin playing.

Performed several solo concerts in various places in the country
Released a CD on violin solo by Kalavardhani.

Kalyani is the first prize winner of the All India Radio National music competition for VOCAL and VIOLIN in the year 1986.

Kalyani has received several awards for her concerts during the music festival held in the month of December every year which includes:

• D.K.Pattammal Award for a yound talented vocalist from the Music Academy in the year 1984
• Best violinist award in the Gokulashtami series in the Talent promotion concers held by Shri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai in the year 1985.
• Lalgudi Gopala Iyer Memorial Award for best violinist from the Music Academy in the year 1987.
• N.V.Raghavan Memorial Award from Music Academy in the year 1993
• V.Lakshminarayanan Memorial Award from Music Academy in the year 1996.
• Special award for a young violinist from Music Academy in the year 2001.

Conducted teaching workshops in vocal and violin in India and abroad.


Updated:  July 13, 2009

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