Veteran Carnatic vocalist Nedanuri Krishnamurthy died on 8 December 2014 in Visakhapatnam. He was 87. He was undergoing treatment for lung cancer.
Sangita Kalanidhi Nedanuri Krishnamurthy
• He was born on 10 October 1927 in Kothapalli in the erstwhile Hyderabad State of British India
• He underwent training in Carnatic music (vocal and violin) with Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu in Maharaja’s Music College at Vizianagaram in early 1940s
• Later he developed his style of music under guidance of Carnatic vocalist, Sripada Pinakapani
• He was Principal of the Government Music & Dance Colleges in Vijayawada, Secunderabad and Visakhapatnam
• His style was the epitome of elegance with an emphasis on aesthetics and subtle embellishments
• Some of his notable contributions to music include the setting to tune of 108 compositions of the 15th century saint-composer Annamacharya from Andhra Pradesh
He was conferred with several prestigious awards, some of them were
• Sri Tyagaraja Seva Ratnam in 2011
• Sangeetha Kalasikhamani in 2011
• Asthana Vidwan in 2010
• Pratibha Rajiv Puraskar in 2006
• National Eminence Award in 2006
• National Artiste Award in 2004
• Raja Lakshmi Award in 2002
• Teulgu Talli Award in 2000
• Sangeetha Ratnamara, 2000
• Gana Kala Bharathi in 1993
• Sangita Kalanidhi in 1991
• Swar Vilas in 1981
• Sangeetha Choodamani in 1976
Carnatic music is a system of music commonly associated with the southern part of the Indian subcontinent, with its area roughly confined to four Indian states, namely Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The main emphasis in Carnatic music is on vocal music and it is one of the main sub-genres of Indian classical music that evolved from ancient Hindu traditions.
Most of the compositions of the Carnatic are written to be sung, and even when played on instruments, they are meant to be performed in singing style.
Where: in Visakhapatnam
What: died at the age of 87
When: on 8 December 2014
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