Hyderabad: Born into a musical family, Tamil Nadu-based Sivasri Skandaprasad picked up singing at a very young age. Though her interest was in Bharatanatyam since she was three years old, she believes music happened to her naturally. “I was enrolled into dance class when I was just 3 years old. My father, J Skanda Prasad, […]
Hyderabad: Born into a musical family, Tamil Nadu-based Sivasri Skandaprasad picked up singing at a very young age. Though her interest was in Bharatanatyam since she was three years old, she believes music happened to her naturally.
“I was enrolled into dance class when I was just 3 years old. My father, J Skanda Prasad, is a mridangam vidwan and my grandfather and grandmother are musicians too. That eventually led me to pick up classical music,” says the professional Carnatic musician and Bharatanatyam dancer.
She has been giving individual performances and solo dance recitals for more than a decade now at most of the well-known Sabhas like The Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, and Brahma Gana Sabha to name a few. The young artiste is undergoing training in music under AS Murali and Acharya Choodamani and Roja Kannan for Bharatanatyam.
Sivasri is currently running Ahuti, an e-school for Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Music, with an aim to sustain the traditional values.
This B Tech graduate from SASTRA University in Thanjavur has also sung many ad jingles for Gold Winner, Saravana Stores, and Sakthi Masala.
“There are a few turning points in my life which made me realise my passion for music. A musical concert that I attended at Raghavendra Swamy Mutt in Mantralayam had me in tears and is one of the most memorable ones for me,” shares Sivasri, who is also into modelling.
She performed at the annual Thyagaraja Festival at Cleveland in the United States in 2008 and the numerous prizes won by her in highly reputed competitions across the country stand as a testament to her musical prowess.
The award “Bharata Kala Choodamani” was conferred on her by the Chidambaram Kanakasabapathy trust for choreographing, teaching, and conducting a Bharatnatyam presentation by nearly 8,000 students from all over South India. She was also awarded the “Yuva Samman Award 20 – 21” by the MOP Vaishnav College for Women, for outstanding contributions by a young woman for Performing Arts.
Sivasri is finding new ways to make classical music more relevant amidst calls for diversity and the dawning of the digital age.
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