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Akshay padmanabhan

Chennai, Tamil Nādu, India

Chennai, Tamil Nādu, India
Band Classical Classical


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Akshay Padmanabhan started learning Music at a very early age of 5 Yrs, guided by experienced musicians like Shrimati Parvati (Disciple of Madurai N.Krishnan), Shrimati Suguna Purushotham (Disciple of Musiri & Semmangudi) (1996-99) and Shri K.V.Ananth (Disciple of Shri K.V. Narayanaswamy) Sri S. Rajam, Shri A.S. Murali.

He completed his graduation in M.Com, AIR (B high grade). His father is Elyavalli Padmanabhan. His guru is Padma Bhushan Sri P.S. Narayanswamy.

Shows & Major Performances
Performances: Performed in Ramaseva Mandali Sabha in Banglore for the last 5 years. Performed in Narada Gana Sabha, performed in TTD - Chennai and Naada Neerajanam Tirupathi, Astika Smajam, Ramana Kendra, Mylapore Fine Arts, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay Shanmukhananda Hall, Hamsadhwani, Brahma
Gaana Sabha and Spirit of Youth (Music Academy), DD Pudhupunal.

Achievements: Won many prizes in carnatic music at Music Acadamy, Indian Fine Arts Society, Narada Gana Sabha, Mylapore Fine Art Club, Bharathi Vidya Bhavan, R.R.Sabha, Papanasam Sivan Acadamy, Nungambakkam Cultural Acadamy and finalist of Caratic Idol 2012 Jaya TV.

Address F-6, Vijayshanti Apts., 32/33, (New No.8),
Devadi Street, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004.

Phone : +9144.2495.8139 Mobile :+9197911.92945

E-Mail Id: akshaypadmanabhan@gmail.com
Website: www.paatu.net

Awards & Recognitions

Bala Bhaskara Title
Best Junior Vocalist
The Best Junior Vocalist for Indian Fine Arts in year 2008 - Sabash.com

"A feast of music"

In perfect harmony:Vocalist Akshay Padmanabhan, accompanied by S.P. Ananthapadmanabhan on violin and Jayant Das on mridangam, at Purandaradasa Tyagaraja Music Festival on Lodhi Road in New Delhi on Saturday. The three-day festival ends on Sunday. - The Hindu

"Devotion-filled rendition"

Akshay Padmanabhan presented a vocal concert recently at Karpagam Gardens Vinayagar temple, Adyar, under the auspices of Sri Sadguru Sangeetha Samajam, as part of Purasawalkam’s monthly Panchami concert dedicated to Saint Tyagaraja.

A bright ‘Shobhillu Saptaswara’ (Jaganmohini-Rupakam) set the tone for the evening. Was it necessary to pack it with a heavy dosage of swaras, is a question which young Akshay has to ponder about.

An in depth study of the saint’s kritis will give any performer the space to explore ragas confidently, for they are brimming with the raga saramsam.

The brief alapana of Arabhi was anaemic, the saving grace being the kriti ‘Naa Moralanu’ (Adi).

Gifted with a supple voice, Akshay’s forays in the vivadhi raga Naganandini was an excellent essay. Mixing his alapana with long karvais and brigas, he made it attractive. Karaikal Venkatasubramaniam’s violin reply was a passionate one.

Sincere attempt
‘Saththalayni’ (Adi) was rendered with aplomb and thankfully did not have any kalpanaswaras. The Mukhari alapana that preceded ‘Muripemu’ (Adi) was a sincere attempt. The matured neraval for the charanam ‘Eedulayni Malayamaruthamu’ brought out the devotional fervour of the lines.

Akshay’s imagination was in full flow in the alapana of Nalinakanthi (‘Manavyalakim’, Adi)) and matching him phrase to phrase was Karaikal.

Palayamkottai Guru Raghavendra (mridangam) embellished the kriti with his fast paced tekkas and imaginative arudhis.

Akshay’s creative abilities and open throated singing helped him delve deep into Kalyani. The inevitable neraval in ‘Sita Gowri Vagishwariyanu’, the anupallavi of ‘Ethavunara’ (Adi) was well executed.

Venkatasubramaniam proved a perfect foil to Akshay. Guru Ragavendran’s playing was a clever mixture of both heavy and deft touches. His unobtrusive rhythmic interpretations of the kritis were truly professional. Akshay should note to keep his eyes wide open while singing and with sustained effort, he is bound to go places. - The Hindu

"Sung in two speeds"

Akshay Padmanabhan’s Thodi raga alapana, which was rendered in an unhurried pace was like a veteran’s innings.

Akshay Padmanabhan’s Ranjani raga alapana was full of bhava and the song ‘Ranjani Niranjani,’ the GNB composition, that followed was rendered very well with niraval at ‘Kanjadalalochani.’ The violinist played a short and sweet Ranjani. The concert which began late at 1 p.m. with Begada raga varnam ‘Intachalamu,’ sung in two speeds, was followed by ‘Sri Rama Padama’ the Tyagaraja kriti in Amrithavahini, when the violinist who was held up due to traffic disruption joined. The handful of

people who came at 12 noon were faithfully waiting and it paid off.

Before embarking on the main piece of the concert Akshay rendered Dikshitar’s ‘Sarasijanabha Sodari’ (sounded ‘chodari’ instead of’ ‘sodari’) in a fast tempo. Thodi raga alapana, which was done in an unhurried pace was like a veteran’s innings. He has an expressive voice which makes the raga come alive. The violinist, Sudha R.S. Iyer,

seemed perturbed and nervous and it showed in her rendition. ‘Sri Krishnam Bhaja’ was rendered beautifully followed by a short niraval and swaram, may be due to paucity of time. Madipakkam A. Murali on the mridangam was the only support for the vocalist and he played his part well and also rendered a short and neat thani. Akshay concluded

his concert with ‘Pahi Kalyana Rama’ preceded by a ragamalika slokam.

Kudos to the vocalist for his attitude and display even after such a delay and it was a pity that he had to cut short his concert. Could there be an alternate plan in such circumstances? - The Hindu


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Akshay was drawn to music at a very young age. As a five year old, he began learning the nuances of Carnatic classical music. Since then he has developed his skills, participated in a variety of competitions, winning accolades and awards along the way. Currently an All India Radio (Chennai) Graded artist, he has also been fortunate to have had the opportunity to present concerts exhibiting his musical talent both at prominent Sabhas (concert halls) in India and on various television channels. This is certainly an accomplishment for someone who is only in his early twenties. He however believes he has barely left the shores in this musical journey of his. Akshay is currently a disciple of Padma Bhushan Sri. P. S. Narayanaswamy. In addition to learning the ways of Carnatic music, Akshay has developed a keen sense of music and musical instruments in general and has composed several of his own fusion creations blending classical notes with popular beats and rhythms.

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