Carnatic music is taught along with devaaranamas (keertana) by Vidushi. Nagasudha from the renowned music institute Surabhi Gana Kala Mandira, founded by Dr.Sukanya Prabhakar. Music classes are conducted both at Ramakrishna Nagar and Hebbal centres.
Tuesday and Thursday — Ramakrishna Nagar Centre — 4.45 pm to 5.45 pm
Monday and Wednesday — Hebbal Centre — 4.45 pm to 5.45 pm
Profile of Vidushi. Nagasudha
Vid. Nagasudha learnt Carnatic music from Vidushi B. Padmamma, a senior musician from a very young age and completed her Vidwat Examination under her tutelage. She pursued academic interests by completing BA Honours in music at Maharanis College, Mysore.
She became a Mysore Akashvani Yuvavani Artist at a very young age. She has worked in the Postal Dept for 24 years during which she has actively participated in many National Cultural meets.
She continued to get guidance under Dr. Sukanya Prabhakar since 1993 and then went on to deeper learning of the art of music from her after she took voluntary retirement in 2009. Vidushi. Nagasudha is groomed under the able guidance of Dr. Sukanya Prabhakar who started Surabhi Gana Kala Mandira with the intention of giving greater knowledge and opportunities for learners of the divine art of music.
Profile of Dr. Sukanya Prabhakar (Founder, Surabhi Gana Kala Mandira)
Dr. Sukanya Prabhakar, a very senior and highly acclaimed musician, has founded a music instituition Surabhi Gana Kalamandira at Mysore with a branch at Bengaluru through which she is teaching aspirants of music.
Born in Mysore in a family of musicians, she had the good fortune of a musician mother Smt Lakshmamma Subbarao and a direct disciple of Asthana Vidwan Sri Channakeshavaiah, who taught her initial studies in music.
She continued her studies at Fine Arts College Mysore from University Of Mysore, where she took Carnatic Classical Vocal as her main subject. She passed her graduation and Post-Graduation from the same college in distinction during the years 1971and1973 respectively.
During her college days, she had advanced studies in music by Prof. V. Ramarathnam and Smt GowriKuppuswamy. Later after college days she undertook special guidance from Vidushi Nagarathna Sadashiva for few years.
Dr. Sukanya continued higher research studies in music on the subject “Contributions of Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar to Carnatic Music, A study” – Under the guidance of Prof B.S. VijayaRaghavan and Vidwan V Nanjundaswamy. She submitted a voluminous thesis work to University of Mysore for the award of Doctorate degree. As a next step of her research work she did an elaborate study on the subject – ‘Rare musical instruments in Mysore Palace’ and submitted a detailed report to the Govt of India which had granted a senior fellowship to this research work. She has developed a special skill in conducting music workshops on various Vaggeyakara’s and Haridasa’s rare compositions which have become very popular.
She is an A grade artist of All India Radio & Doordarshan. She has rendered her concerts in Radio National hook up programmes, Radio Sangeet Sammelan and National programme of Doordarshan. She has directed and presented many music feature programmes for All India Radio, especially on Mahila Haridasas. She is also in the audition board of AIR.
Dr. Sukanya has perfomed in almost all prestigious sabhas around the country. To mention a few, The Madras Music Academy (where she was adjudjed as best artist twice in her category), Bengaluru Gayana Samaja, Mysore Durbar Hall Concerts during Dasara festivals, Mysore Music Association Mumbai, and many other sabhas at Chennai , Hyderabad , Trivandrum etc.
Apart from her singing talent she is also a good columnist. She is also a publisher of her own quarterly music magazine “Surabhi Sinchana” since past four years, containing articles on purely music oriented subjects written by music scholars and musicologists as well as students.
A number of audio tapes and CD’s have been released in her melodious voice by reputed music companies like Sangeetha, Lahari, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan Bangalore and others.
Dr. Sukanya is recipient of number of prestigious awards and titles to her credit. To name a few-
Best junior artist award in the Madras Music Academy festivities during the years 1984 and 1986
‘Gana kala Shree’ title by Bangalore Gana Kala Parishath during the year 1994
‘Gana Saraswathi’ title by Avni Sringeri Shankar Mutt during the year 1994
Prestigious Karnataka Rajyotsava award from Government of Karnataka during the year 2005
‘Gaanavaaridhi’ title by Sri M.A. Narasimhachar Music Foundation
‘Sangeetha Saraswathi’ title by Bhakthi Bharathee Prathisthana
Prestigious Aryabhata International Award-2009 by Aryabhata Cultural Organisation
Hoysala Prashasthi 2010 by Hoysala Kannada Sangha Mysore and many more