Smt. Akhila Krishnan
My guru, Smt. Akhila Krishnan, a senior Carnatic Music artist from New Delhi, was initiated into Carnatic music by her father, the renowned violinist Erode Sri Vishwanatha Iyer. She later had the fortune of learning from Carnatic legends such as Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, K.V. Narayanaswamy, G.N. Balasubramaniam, T.K. Jayarama Iyer, the sister duo Brinda & Muktha, among others! Her repetoire now includes at least a thousand composers.
'Akhila Maami', as we fondly called her, had several accolades to her credit! By the age of 20, she was already an advanced Carnatic vocalist in the All India Radio station in Calicut. She also sang for several dance maestros including Krishnamurthy & Sonal Mansingh, touring and performing all across the world.
Akhila Maami is a winner of many awards including the New Delhi Sangeetha Samajam's "Life Time Service Award" for her musical service and Shri Venkateshwara Fine Arts Trust's "Madhura Gana Ranta" award.
Learning from her has been a true honor and I am glad to be able to share my knowledge with my students too!