(Last Updated on : 06/09/2014)
S.R. Veeraraghavan has been regarded as one amongst the talented young carnatic vocalist of new generation. He belongs to a family of musicians who resides in South Arcot District in Tamil Nadu state. He was born at Cuddalore. SR Veeraraghavan has received his initial training under Prof. L. R. Raja (Professor of music department in Annamalai University). Later on he went on training under Padma Vibushan Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan at Chennai
. His specialization areas are the Devar Namas of Purandara Dasa
and Thiru Arupta of Vallalar Ramalinga Adigal.
Career of S.R. Veeraraghavan
Throughout his professional musical career he has performed at many occasions some of which were highly acclaimed. Some praiseworthy performances executed by him are, Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha; Narada Gana Sabha - Chennai and Karur; Tamil Isai Sangam - Annamalai Mandram - Chennai; Karthik Fine Arts; Sarvani Sangeetha Sabha Nadopasana; Mylapore Fine Arts Club; Thiruvannamalai Tamil Isai Sangam; Indian Fine Arts Society; Kapali Fine Arts; Thyagaraja Vidwath Samajam; Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha - Vani Mahal; R. R. Sabha; T. T. D. Devasthanam - Tirupati and Chennai; Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan - Hyderabad; Thyagaraja Swami Aradhana at Tiruvayyaru Vellore Saraswati Gana Sabha; Thyagaraja Seva Samathi - Rajamundry; Thyagaraja Vidwat Sabha - Tirupattur; Thyagaraja Samajam - Kovilpatti; Government Music College - Coimbatore; Raghavendra Swami Devasthanam (Mantralayam); Visakpatnam; Ramalingar Narpani Mandram; Thirukovillur Kapillar Vizha pannpattu kazhagam; Dharmapura Adheenam - Chennai; Bharathiya Music - Mumbai; Malleswaram Sangeeth Sabha - Bangalore; Performed concerts, Musical Demonstrations in Europe, West Indies, Reunion Islands; Devotional Music telecasted in Doordarshan Chennai - Podhigai Thendral channel; Special performance on Krithis of Goddess Devi "Nalam Tharum Navarathiri" telecasted in Jaya TV in October 2001.
Life in Music for S.R. Veeraraghavan
SR Veeraraghavan has also composed music for All India Radio
on Shi Raghavendra Swami Jeeva Charithram and Sadguru Sadasive Brahmendra Jeeva Charithram in the year 1998 and 2003 correspondingly. Currently for different devotional cassettes and dance ballet he is composing music. For U. K and Melbourne Muruga Potri for Australia he has presented his voice with his guru Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna (Thyagaraja Ballet for US and Kadirkama Kuravanji. All these performances done by him were solo performances. He has been elected by the Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram of the Government of Tamil Nadu and sponsored to perform concerts in major sabhas of state of Tamil Nadu
in the year 2001 and performed in Courtallam Saral Vizha in the year 2003.
He has been given programmes in prime slots in various leading sabhas in Chennai. He has performed in the year 2005 at Bharatiya Music, Matunga, Mumbai; Music Triangle, Kalina, Mumbai; Gana Kala Vidyalayam Goregaon, Mumbai
; Dombivili Fine Arts; Ghatkopar Rasiga Ranjini, Mumbai; Rajamundhry Thyagaraja Sabha; Dance Ballet at Hyderabad
at Sica; Trichur Sabha; Ernakulam Ramar Madam; Siva Temple Ernakulam.
Awards and Recognition for S.R. Veeraraghavan
As recognition to the expertise he has been conferred the award of Chembai Vaidyanatha Bagavathar Emdowment prize for the praiseworthy performance in Krishna Gana Sabha at Chennai
; Pannisai Mamani from Thirukovilur Pannpattu Kazhagam presented by Violin Maestro Dr. Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan; Maiden CD 'Raghava Raagam' released on 12.12.2004 by Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna; CD composed and sung by him for Sunshine Muruga Temple, Australia; CD sung with Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna 'The Quest' for Singapore; Dance Ballet "Thyegaraja"; Kathirgama Kuravanchi CD for United Kingdom under the music of Rajkumar Bharathi; Punniyakoti - a thematic ballet for California; Audio Cassette composed and sung by him 'Ambala Patte Arul Pattu' - A Thiruarutpa; Presented his voice recently for Thrimoorthy - A dance ballet composed by mridangam maestro Karaikudi Mani for Australia; Music directed for a CD "Legendry memories for musician Suryaprakash".