Meet the Music Awardees of 2016
We’re beginning our year on a musical note as we introduce you to the 2016 Inlaks Music Awardees Deepika V and Anjana Rao.
Born and brought up in a culturally active place Shivamogga, a town in Karnataka, I started my pursuit of Carnatic music ever since the tender age of 4, under the eminent tutelage of guruVidwan H S Nagaraj. Music has ever since been a second nature to me. As an 8 year old, I stepped into the world of performances and recitals, which has grown with me till date. My abilities were further molded by Vidwan S R Maruthi Prasad and I currently am honing my skills under the exemplary guidance of guru Dr T S Sathyavathi sculpting me into a consummate artist.
I currently am working at Shankar Mahadevan academy, Bengaluru, as a Content developer and teacher for the past 2 years. It has given me a great opportunity and exposure in the field of music. Teaching and learning go hand in hand. I believe they are 2 sides of a coin.
Deepika V is one of the young artists in the field of Carnatic music. A multi-faceted performer hailing from the great lineage of legends like G N Balasubramaniam, M L Vasanthakumari and Sudha Ragunathan, Deepika V is a versatile artist. She belongs to a family of music connoisseurs. From a very early age she was exposed to the classical arts, especially Carnatic classical music. Deepika's debut performance was at the age of 3 for the 64th Birth anniversary celebrations of Dr. M L Vasanthakumari, an ace classical singer. Since then she formally began to learn classical music from her mother Smt.Geetha Varadarajan, followed by Sri Vittal Ramamurthy and Sri O S Thiagarajan. From the year 1997, she has been learning from Padmabhushan Smt Sudha Ragunathan. Deepika has passed grade examinations in Solo Piano from the Trinity College of Music, London.
Deepika is a featured All India Radio B-High grade artist. However, the highest honor has been the invitation from the U.S.Department of State to participate in the Fusion Arts Exchange program at the Northeastern University, Boston in the year 2008.
With the encouragement and support of Inlaks India Foundation, Deepika now learns Hindustani Classical Music from Pandit Prasad Khaparde, the senior most disciple of Ustad Rashid Khan.