under mridangam maestro Shri. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, Anirudha's playing
is known for its 'naadham'. A talented artiste, Anirudha is endowed with
the unique ability of wielding three mridangams (Triangam) simultaneously,
which is a rarity. He has provided mridangam accompaniment for senior dancers
like Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Prof. Chitra Visweswaran, Smt. Sonal Mansingh,
Shri. Jayant Kastuar (Secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.) and
Kalaimamani. Anita Ratnam, to name a few.
keen interest shown by the barely three-year-old Anirudha in rhythm and
percussion, Smt.Kamaladevi Chattopadyay (Scholar, art-promoter, freedom-fighter)
presented him with a number of skin instruments in the year 1980.
Anirudha has not looked back in his artistic journey.
mridangist, whose percussive skills have won him wide acclaim, K.S.R. Anirudha
is the son of renowned Bharatanatyam exponent, Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy.
He also had
the unique honour of being featured with Sarod Maestro, Ustad Amjad Ali
Khan in 'Jugalbandhi' concerts.
titled 'Nuances of Mridangam for Dance' (in December 2000) was adjudged
the best presentation at the 20th Natya Kala Conference of Sri Krishna
Gana Sabha, Chennai.
2002, Music Maestro. A.R. Rahman released "ASHTARUCHI -an octave of emotions",
an album highlighting the percussive talents of Anirudha.
conceived and played by Anirudha with the support of the violin, attempts
to represent the human emotions in an aural form with the aid of Carnatic
music. Shri A.R. Rahman appreciated the audio album as a 'new concept'.
of the 'Yuva Kala Bharathi' award from Bharat Kalachar (1998), his talents
are varied - he composes 'jathis' for dance, writes poems in Tamil, and
embellishes dance recitals with special effects built up with Udukkai,
Kanjira and even the conch!
He has been
selected for the prestigious Award of "KALAIMAMANI"
by the Government of Tamilnadu.
advocate of the Madras High Court, Anirudha holds a Master's Degree in
Law from the University of Madras.
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