Mahamahopadhyaya Dr. Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana(4 August 1923 - 11 July 2013) was a Carnatic musician, a classical vocalist, musicologist, author and teacher, a great administrator and motivator. He was a performer on All India Radio and Doordarshan who participated in Sangeeta Sammelans, outdoor broadcasts and national programmes innumerable times. His radio lessons and Bhakti Ranjanis were very popular. He was awarded Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India in 2010.
Born in Anakapalli, Andhra Pradesh, India to Yegnachayanamma and Annapurneswara Sarma as 'Srividya' upasaka. His mother fostered his talent and gave him basic training in music and his father always motivated and encouraged him.
CareerNookala, when young, entered the traditional theatre and handled a few boy roles but classical music attracted him from the start. He has started as violin student. Sri Kambhampati Akkaji Rao led him to Mangalampally Pattabhiramayya at Vijayawada, under whose guidance he remained for three years, after which he made his way to Vijayanagaram to learn violin under Prof. Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu garu. Nookala accompanied Prof. Naidu garu on his concerts all over India, and Prof. Naidu garu introduced Nookala to Dr. Sripada Pinakapani. His singing style developed after he came under the influence of Dr. Pinakapani. Nookala sharpened his analytical approach, achieving a deeper understanding of the science and art of music and learnt to infuse the raga bhava in every note and phrase of the kriti.
Nookala was attracted by several musical greats but developed his own style of singing, never departing from classicism, yet expressing the beauty of 'raga' and the meaning of the 'kriti', with special emphasis on diction.
Government service career
During his administrative career spans over four decades: he has held various posts and positions, including:
Professor, Maharajah's Government College of Music and Dance, Vizianagaram
Professor, Telugu University, Hyderabad
Principal, Govt. Music College of Secunderabad
Principal, Govt. Music College of Hyderabad
Principal, Govt. Music College of Vijayawada
Principal, Sri Venkateswara College of Tirupati