Artist Highlight

Kamalakar Rao

Songs featuring the mridangam vidwan Kamalakar Rao, in connection with his birthday on June 8.

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RJ: Srividya

Kamalakar Rao

Songs featuring the mridangam vidwan Kamalakar Rao, in connection with his birthday on June 8.

V Kamalakar Rao is one of the seniormost mridangam artistes of India. He is a leading and much sought after accompanist. His father Varada Rao was a culturally enlightened man who enjoyed music and who had contacts with the leading musicians of those days. At the weekly Saturday evening bhajan sessions in his house, Varada Rao noticed his son’s interest in mridangam and decided to engage a tutor for him. He went on to learn form Yella Sommana and Palghat Mani Iyer.

Kamalakar Rao is known for his keen sense of anticipation, which helped him established remarkable rapport with the main artists. He accompanied masters like Alathur Srinivasa Iyer, G N Balasubramanyam, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Chembai Vaidayanatha Bhagavathar, T K Rangachari, Mahavadi Venkatappaya Sastry, Sripada Pinakapani, and Emani Sankara Sastry. He has also accompanied latterday masters like Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana, M S Balasubramanya Sharma, T N Seshagopalan, T V Sankaranarayanan, Lalgudi G.Jayaraman, Mandolin U Srinivas, N Ravikiran, Chittibabu, L Subramaniam, Annavarapu Ramaswamy, T R Subramanyam and Dwaram Durgaprasad Rao.

Songs in this Program