Many artistes chosen for Padma awards

A number of artistes have been chosen for the state's Padma awards this year. The names were announced on Jan.25, on the eve of India's Republic Day.

One of them is Carnatic music violinist Rama Swamy Annavarapu.

Here is a note on his posted on Wikipedia - Born 1926, Annavarapu is a classical violinist from Andhra Pradesh. He is known for his contributions in the field of Carnatic music. He is noted for inventing new Ragas and Talas such as Vandana Raga, Sri Durga Raga and Tinetradi Tala and Vedadi Tala. He has been awarded the Fellowship of Andhra Pradesh Sangeet Akademi in 1983.

He was born in 1926 in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh. Early in life, he started learning music under maestros such as Maganti Jagannadham Chowdary and later from Parupalli Ramakrishnayya Pantulu of Vijayawada. He worked as a staff artiste with All India Radio for 40 years before retiring in 1986. He was given the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, by the Government of India, 1996.

Another artiste chosen is Sumathi Dandamudi Rammohan Rao - mridangam. She learnt the mridangam from her father Nidumolu Raghavaiah, a maestro of mridangam and was encouraged further by husband Dandamudi Ramamohana Rao. The couple are well-known as top grade mridangists.

Sumathi was a student of Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Govt College of Music and Dance, Vijayawada and then worked as a lecturer and became its principal.

She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi award and decorated by the Music Academy, Chennai.

Others chosen for the Padma awards (listed for all forms of music) are the late multi-faceted singer S. P. Balasubramaniam, popular singer K. S. Chitra and senior Carnatic music vocalist Bombay Jayashree Ramnath who has also sung for films.

Also, villupattu maestro Subbu Arumugam has been chosen for the award.