His Life

His Life

  • 1940 – 1960

    Awards

    Golden Medal by Babu Rajendra Prasad, President of India, 1953

    Cash Award by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, President of India, 1958

    Titles

    Gana Sudhakara, 1945

  • 1970 – 1990

    Awards

    Padma Shri by President of India, Shri V.V.Giri, 1971

    “Abhinava Thyagaraja” Vamsi Art Academy award, Hyderabad, 1987

    Best Playback singer, Kerala State award, 1987

    Isaichelvam, Muthamizh Peravai, Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Shri M. Karunanidhi, 1990

    Abhinava Thyagaraja, Madras Telugu Abhudaya Samajam, 1990

    Honours

    Doctor of Letters from Shri Venkateshwara University, 1981

  • 1990 – 2000

    Awards

    Padma Vibhushan by President of India, Shri R. Venkatraman, 1991

    “Nandi” Award, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, 1992

    “Kinnara” Ugadi award, 1993

    Indira Priyadarshini award, New Delhi, 1998

    Ganayogi Panchakshareshwara award, Bangalore, 1999

    Pandit Seshadri Panchakshara Gowai award, Bangalore, 1999

    Bezwada Gopala Reddy award, 1999

    Cine Musicians Union award, in recognition of services rendered to film field, 1999

    Tamilnadu Film Industry, “Gold is Gold” award, 2000

    Honours

    Mahatma Gandhi Silver Medal from UNESCO, 1995

    Asthana Vidwan, Srisailam Devasthanam, 2000

    First Contemporary Vaggeyakara by Music Academy, Chennai, 2000

    Titles

    “Gana Kala Prapoorna”, Wisdom, Star of India, 1991

    Sapthagiri Sangeetha Vidwan Mani, TTD, 1992

    Haridasa Prasasthi, Mysore, 1992

    Gayakaratna, Swathi Thirunal Sangeetha Sabha, 1992

    Sangeetha Samrat, Sringeri Peetam, 1993

    Nadha Nidhi, Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Swamiji, Mysore, 1994

    Nadha Brahmam, Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, 1995

    NADA MAHARISHI, Nrithyalaya Aesthetic Society, Singapore, 1996

    Kalasaraswathi Andhra Ratna, Kalavedika, Hyderabad, 1996

    Kala Rathna, Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Chennai, 1999

    Sangeetha Sagara, Cultural Centre of Performing Arts, Bangalore, 1999

    First Contemporary Vaggeyakara, Music Academy, Chennai, 2000

    Sangeetha Kala Ratna, Andhra Association, Chennai, 2000

  • 2000 – 2010

    Awards

    Kalidas Samman award, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, 2001

    Vishishta Puraskar by Telugu University, Hyderabad awarded by the State Chief Minister Shri. Chandrababu Naidu, 2001

    “Gold is Gold” award by Tamilnadu Cinema Kalai Mandram, 2001

    Desh Rathna award by Govt. of Orissa, 2002

    Nada Vidya Bharathi National award, 2002

    Buddha Mahan Bodhi Dharma award, Indian New Star Kungfu Martial Arts Association, 2002

    Narayana Iyengar award, Chennai, 2003

    Madhava Peddi Satyam award, 2003

    Utthama Vaggeyakara award by Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mumbai, 2003

    National Artiste of India, Govt. of India, 2004

    Lifetime achievement award by Kanchi Kamakoti Swami, 2004

    Rotary Continental Centenary award, Bangalore, 2004

    Millennium Special Award TVS SA RE GA MA, 2004

    “Palghat Mani” Award, Bangalore, 2005

    Award by Governor of Sikkim, 2005

    People’s Art Centre, Mumbai – Special Life Time Achievement Award 2005

    Life time achievement award by His Excellency The Indian Ambassador in Kuwait, 2006

    Indian Music Therapy Research Award, 2006

    Guruvayur Chembai Award, 2007

    Lakshmi Narayana International Award, 2007

    Ghantasala Award, 2008

    Lifetime Achievement Award by the Global Indian Music Academy Awards, 2011

    Honours

    Bharatha Jyothi, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, New York, 2001

    Gana Sarvabhouma by Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri S.M.Krishna, 2002

    Asthana Vidwan, Sri Kalahasthi Devasthanam, 2003

    D. Litt., University of Madras, Chennai 2004

    Adjunct Professor Madras University 2005

    D. Litt., “Desikothama” Viswa Bharathi University, Shanthi Nikethan, West Bengal, by the Prime Minister of India, 2006

    Musician of the Century, Chief Minister of Karnataka 2007

    The Hall of Fame, by the President of India, Indian Music Academy, Mumbai 2007

    djunct Faculty Professor – University of Hyderabad, 2007

    Assembly Recognition, Resolution, New Jersey, 2007 – Signed by Joseph L. Roberts, Jr. Speaker of General Assembly, New Jersey

    Town of Hempstead Citation presented for Recognition of Outstanding Individuals by Kate Murray, Council Men and Women at New York, 2007

    Asthana Vidwan – Vijayawada Kanaka Durga Temple 2008

    Hon. Doctorate Degree (D.Litt.) University of Mysore, 2008

    Titles

    BHARATHA JYOTHI, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, New York, 2001

    Sangeetha Vidyanidhi, AP Music Academy, 2001

    ISAI PERARIGNAR, by Dr. APJ. Abdul Kalam, President of India, 2002

    Gana Sarvabhowma by Shri S.M. Krishna, Chief Minister of Karnataka, 2002

    Sangeetha Kala Visharada, Indian Institute of Music and Arts, Bangalore, 2002

    Bharatha Kala Ratna, Pracheena Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, 2003

    Nada Laya Siromani (Valayapatti award). 2003

    Sangeetha Kala Sikhamani, Nungambakkam Cultural Academy, Chennai, 2004

    Sangeetha Yogi Rathna, Pamban Swamigal Music Trust, Chennai, 2005

    Gana Padmam, Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai, 2005

    Tamil Isai Vendar, Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai, 2005

    Gana Kala Bharathi, Karur Narada Gana Sabha, Karur, 2005

    Ghandarva Gana Samrat, by Dr. J. Jayalalitha, Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, 2005

    Thyaga Brahmam, Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai, 2005

    Devagana Thilakam, Kundrakkudi Aadeenam, Chennai, 2006

    Karnataka Sangeetha Vachaspathi, Kuchipudi Nritya Academy, 2006

    Sangeetha Ulaghil Naayakan, Adi Sankara Peravai Kutralam 2007

  • Honorable Mentions

    International

    Gandhi Memorial Medal, UNESCO, Paris

    Global Musician – Germany

    Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knights of the Order of Arts and Letters) to honour contribution to spreading culture in France and throughout the world

    SANGEETHA BHOOPATHI, Srilanka

    GANDHARVAGANA VITHAKAR, Srilanka

    MADHURA GANA RAVALI KRISHNA, USA

    SANGEETHA SARVA BHOWMA, USA

    SANGEETHA MAHOPADHYAYA, USA

    National

    Awards, Honours & Titles

    Golden Jubilee Award of Central Sangeeth Natak Academy, New Delhi, presented by Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India

    Central Sangeeth Natak award, New Delhi

    Fellow, Central Sangeeth Natak Academy, New Delhi

    Andhra Pradesh Sangeeth Natak Academy award

    Kerala Sangeetha Natak Academy award, Trivandrum

    Rajalakshmi Foundation award

    Prathibha Vyjayanthi award, Rajamundhry

    Award from Mother Teresa at Hyderabad

    Sri Krishna Vedavyasa award by Raja Marthanda Verma, Travancore

    Purandara Prasasthi award, Karnataka

    National Integration award by Maharashtra Governor

    Top Rank Awards by Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Govt. of India for Classical Vocal, Light Music, Violin, Viola, Composer, Vadya Vrindra & Conducter

    Athma Gowravam award by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N.T. Rama Rao

    Platinum Jubilee award by Governor of Tamilnadu (Rotary Club of Chennai)

    Best Playback Singer, National Award

    Best Music Director, National Award

    Best Playback singer, Andhra Pradesh State award

    National Citizen

    Member, Sangeeth Natak Academy

    D. Litt., Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupathi

    D. Litt., Central University, Hyderabad

    D. Litt., Rabindra University, Kolkata

    Ph.D., Andhra University, Vishakapatanam

    D.Sc., Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad

    Pro-Chancellor, Telugu University, Hyderabad (former)

    First Professor, Dr. Radhakrishnan Chair, Central University, Hyderabad

    Professor Emeritus, Govt. of Kerala Music Colleges, Trivandrum

    Asthana Vidwan, Govt of Tamil Nadu (former)

    Asthana Vidwan, Govt of Andhra Pradesh (former)

    Asthana Vidwan, Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam

    Asthana Vidwan , Hanuman Temple, Nanganallur, Chennai

    Asthana Vidwan, Sri Kanakadurga Devasthanam, Vijayawada

    Asthana Vidwan, Sringeri Sarada Peetam, Sringeri

    Asthana Vidwan, Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Manthralaya

    Expert Advisory Committee Member, Music Academy, Chennai

    Executive Committee Member, Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai

    Executive Committee Member, ICCR

    Advisor, Cabinet Rank to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh for Culture (Music)

    Ghanta Kanakanam by Shri N.T. Rama Rao, Ex-Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

    Gaja Arohanam (twice)

    Gandapinderam by Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagavathar

    Congressional Recognition of the US Congress, presented by Nick Lampson, 22nd Congressional District of Texas

    SANGEETHA KALANIDHI, Madras Music Academy, Chennai

    SANGEETHA KALA SIKHAMANI, Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai

    Nadha Sudharnava, All Nadha Sudharnavas

    Sangeetha Sudhakara, Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Kanchipuram

    Geetha Kala Bharathi

    Gandharvagana Kalanidhi

    Pumbhava Sarada

    Gana Saraswathi Manibhooshana

    Sangeetha Ratnakara

    Sangeetha Vidya Bhaskara

    Kala Seva Niratha, Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam, Chennai

    Sangeetha Sarada, Vijaya Durga Peetam, Kanchipuram

    Annamacharya Vidwanmani, TTD

    Adwitheeya Shatabdi Gayaka, Simhapuri Sangeetha Sabha, Nellore

    Vaggeyakara Vachaspathi

    Gayaka Sikhamani, Visakapatanam

    Sangeetha Samrajya Sarvabhowma

    Sangeetha Kala Sagara, Hyderabad

    Nadayogi, Shri Ganapathi Sachidanandaswami, Mysore

    Swara Vilas, Mumbai

    Sursingar, Mumbai

    Sapthaswara Samrat

    Sangeetha Kala Nipuna

    Kala Seva Niratha by Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam, Chennai

Honorable Mentions

International

Gandhi Memorial Medal, UNESCO, Paris

Global Musician – Germany

Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knights of the Order of Arts and Letters) to honour contribution to spreading culture in France and throughout the world

SANGEETHA BHOOPATHI, Srilanka

GANDHARVAGANA VITHAKAR, Srilanka

MADHURA GANA RAVALI KRISHNA, USA

SANGEETHA SARVA BHOWMA, USA

SANGEETHA MAHOPADHYAYA, USA

National

Awards, Honours & Titles

Golden Jubilee Award of Central Sangeeth Natak Academy, New Delhi, presented by Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India

Central Sangeeth Natak award, New Delhi

Fellow, Central Sangeeth Natak Academy, New Delhi

Andhra Pradesh Sangeeth Natak Academy award

Kerala Sangeetha Natak Academy award, Trivandrum

Rajalakshmi Foundation award

Prathibha Vyjayanthi award, Rajamundhry

Award from Mother Teresa at Hyderabad

Sri Krishna Vedavyasa award by Raja Marthanda Verma, Travancore

Purandara Prasasthi award, Karnataka

National Integration award by Maharashtra Governor

Top Rank Awards by Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Govt. of India for Classical Vocal, Light Music, Violin, Viola, Composer, Vadya Vrindra & Conducter

Athma Gowravam award by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N.T. Rama Rao

Platinum Jubilee award by Governor of Tamilnadu (Rotary Club of Chennai)

Best Playback Singer, National Award

Best Music Director, National Award

Best Playback singer, Andhra Pradesh State award

National Citizen

Member, Sangeeth Natak Academy

D. Litt., Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupathi

D. Litt., Central University, Hyderabad

D. Litt., Rabindra University, Kolkata

Ph.D., Andhra University, Vishakapatanam

D.Sc., Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad

Pro-Chancellor, Telugu University, Hyderabad (former)

First Professor, Dr. Radhakrishnan Chair, Central University, Hyderabad

Professor Emeritus, Govt. of Kerala Music Colleges, Trivandrum

Asthana Vidwan, Govt of Tamil Nadu (former)

Asthana Vidwan, Govt of Andhra Pradesh (former)

Asthana Vidwan, Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam

Asthana Vidwan , Hanuman Temple, Nanganallur, Chennai

Asthana Vidwan, Sri Kanakadurga Devasthanam, Vijayawada

Asthana Vidwan, Sringeri Sarada Peetam, Sringeri

Asthana Vidwan, Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Manthralaya

Expert Advisory Committee Member, Music Academy, Chennai

Executive Committee Member, Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai

Executive Committee Member, ICCR

Advisor, Cabinet Rank to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh for Culture (Music)

Ghanta Kanakanam by Shri N.T. Rama Rao, Ex-Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

Gaja Arohanam (twice)

Gandapinderam by Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagavathar

Congressional Recognition of the US Congress, presented by Nick Lampson, 22nd Congressional District of Texas

SANGEETHA KALANIDHI, Madras Music Academy, Chennai

SANGEETHA KALA SIKHAMANI, Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai

Nadha Sudharnava, All Nadha Sudharnavas

Sangeetha Sudhakara, Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Kanchipuram

Geetha Kala Bharathi

Gandharvagana Kalanidhi

Pumbhava Sarada

Gana Saraswathi Manibhooshana

Sangeetha Ratnakara

Sangeetha Vidya Bhaskara

Kala Seva Niratha, Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam, Chennai

Sangeetha Sarada, Vijaya Durga Peetam, Kanchipuram

Annamacharya Vidwanmani, TTD

Adwitheeya Shatabdi Gayaka, Simhapuri Sangeetha Sabha, Nellore

Vaggeyakara Vachaspathi

Gayaka Sikhamani, Visakapatanam

Sangeetha Samrajya Sarvabhowma

Sangeetha Kala Sagara, Hyderabad

Nadayogi, Shri Ganapathi Sachidanandaswami, Mysore

Swara Vilas, Mumbai

Sursingar, Mumbai

Sapthaswara Samrat

Sangeetha Kala Nipuna

Kala Seva Niratha by Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam, Chennai