(Last Updated on : 23/03/2015)
Ganasaraswathy known as Ganam is the daughter of the late V. Lakshminarayana Iyer and Seethalakshmi. Ganam studied music under the guidance of her highly respected father at the age of four. She has also founded the Lakshminarayana School of Music in honour of her father.
Early Life of Ganasaraswathy
Following in the footsteps of her father Ganam is widely recognized as a great vocalist and a versatile composer. Ganam has written and also released South Indian Music Books No. I, II and III. Her daughter Sangeetha is also the editor, illustrator of South Indian Classical Music Book I, II and III and also created the musical word games in the book.
Composition of Ganasaraswathy
Ganam has composed over 600 original songs with the signature Ganam, Ganapriya and Gana Rasigha. She has written the following composition forms: Jathisvaras, Varnams, Padavarnam, Kritis, Kirthanas, Javalis, Viruththams, Slokas, Namavali kritis, Divya Nama kritis, Uthsavasamprathaya kritis, Ashtapathis, Ragamalikas, Tillanas, Bhajans and Mangalams.
Awards and Recognition Received by Ganasaraswathy
Ganam has received numerous prizes and awards for vocal competition conducted by the musical organizations in India and radio Ceylon. Ganam was an artist at All India Radio
and has given numerous concerts and radio broadcasts extensively in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, and USA. Ganam received a Master of Arts degree in Literature from Madras University
and a MFA degree in World Music from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California.
Personal Life of Ganasaraswathy
Ganam hails from a family of musicians. Her brothers are internationally well-known artists, namely Sri. L. Vaidyanathan, Dr. L. Subramaniam and Dr. L. Shankar. Her sisters Brahennayaki and Subbulakshmi, her sister-in-law Kavitha Krishnamurthy Subramaniam, her nephew Ambhi Subramaniam and her nieces Lalitha and Nandini are well-known artists.
Ganams dedication to this world music has been evident from an early age and her hope is to spread the understanding of South Indian Music to a wider audience through her musical compositions, books in Carnatic Music
, music classes and performances
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