Another feather in Nedunuri's cap
Yet another honour for Nedunuri Krishna Murthy, bestowed on him at Shanmukhananda Auditorium, Mumbai.
Nedunuri has bagged the National Eminence Award
Nedunuri Krishna Murthy is a name to reckon with among the very few consummate vocalists. He stands unanimously hailed as a paragon not only of the scholastic connotation of the title `Sangeetha Kalanidhi' conferred on him by the most prestigious Madras Music Academy but also of a `Naada Bhrahma' personified by his admirers closely associated with him.
Winner of many a laurel and award along with titles (about three dozens) including the National Artiste and Eminence awards of Prasara Bharathi and The South Indian Education Society, Nedunuri was the unanimous choice this year for the National Eminence Award carrying a citation, memento in the form of a big silver lamp and a cash prize of Rs.1,00,000 instituted by Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Peetharohana Satabdi Mahostava Trust, Mumbai. The function was organised by the Trust as part of its 10-day long fete held in Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Auditorium, Mumbai on February19.
Born on October 10, 1927 to Ramamurthy Panthulu and Vijayalakshmi (a scion of a family of noted musicians) at Kothapalli in Pithapuram taluq, Krishna Murthy joined M.R. Government Music College, Vizianagaram in 1940, had systematic training in vocal and violin under the expert tutelage of late Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu and started giving vocal performances at the age of 18. After further honing his skills in the art under the scholarly guidance of the vocal maestro, Dr. Sripada Pinakapani from 1949 onwards, by choice, he started participating in music conferences of the Madras Music Academy regularly from 1951 and became a vocalist in great demand all over the South at the same time.
A top rank vocalist of AIR, he became extremely popular not only all over the country but also abroad. There is no sangeetha sabha within and outside the country (US, UK, Canada, Australia and Singapore in particular) for which he did not sing.
All the four colleges of music and dance of the state in turn had the good fortune of having him at the helm of affairs as principal till he attained the age of superannuation in 1985.
Not only that, Nedunuri was the Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts and Chairman, Board of Studies in music of the S.V. and Nagarjuna Universities besides being a member of the experts committee of the Madras Music Academy, AIR Audition Board and a visiting professor of AU Dept. of Music. He also has the honour of being an asthan vidwan of the TTD and Sri Kanchi Kaamakoti Peetham.
Nedunuri set exquisite music to scores of compositions of Annamayya, Ramdas along with some poems from the Dasaradhi Satakam and Naarayana Teertha. He rendered and got them recorded on cassettes and CDs under the aegis of `Naadasudha Tarangini Trust' founded by him with the aid of TTD besides many an association abroad and released them along with the text of the lyrics with notation and critical commentary in book forms.
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