Sowmya (born April 16, 1969) is a Carnatic music singer. She learnt music initially from her father Dr. Srinivasan, and later from Dr. S. Ramanathan and Smt.T. Muktha.In 1998, Sowmya co-founded Carnatica - an online institution dedicated to classical music & dance instruction, archival, talent search and other related activities to Carnatic music. She also co-authored the first comprehensive reference CD-ROM on Carnatic music, Nadanubhava.


 II Rank Holder and Gold Medallist in B.Sc. (Chemistry), Meenakshi College, Madras University, 1990
 M.Sc. (Chemistry), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1992
 I.I.T. Blue, for excellence in Academics and cultural activities, 1992
 I Rank Holder, B. A. (Indian Music), University of Madras, 1996
 I Rank Holder and Gold Medallist in M. A. (Indian Music), University of Madras, 1998
 Paper on "Microwave Enhanced Reactions in Carbohydrate Chemistry" in Synthetic Communications
 Royal Institute of Chemistry award for Chemistry quiz conducted at the school and college levels

Performances, activities & achievements

 Co-author of Nadanubhava, the world's first encyclopedic CD-ROM on Carnatic Music
 Co-creator of "Nadopasana - My Own Carnatic Tutor", the world's first self-help Carnatic music guru based on Video CD & Karaoke format
 First Carnatic musician to make a Video CD album (Live concert of Mahakavi Bharatiyar songs)
 Lecture-demonstrations and workshops for SPIC-MACAY, YACM (Chennai) and various universities worldwide
 'A' Grade Artiste, AIR and Doordarshan, Madras
 South Zone Hookup and National Programmes on AIR
 Main concert at the Radio Sangeet Sammelan, New Delhi, 1999
 World Tamil Conference, Tanjore, 1995
 Conference Chair, Millennium Conference of the Indian Fine Arts Society, Singapore (Paper: "Triumph of Technology in Traditional Arts")
 Artiste of Choice - Tamil Isai Nataka Mandram, Chennai, for concerts at selected centres in Tamil Nadu, 1988
 Associated since childhood, with Ramalingar Pani Mandram, Chennai to propagate Ramalingar's "Arutpa"
 Vocal support to Dr. S. Ramanathan & Smt. T. Muktha
 Jugal Bandhi with Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarthy, Madras Bengal Association
 Gandhi Smriti Concert on Martyr's Day, Dept. of Culture, New Delhi
 On 3 February 2013, she led and accompanied Nithyasree Mahadevan on Nithyasree's return-to-stage performance (after a traumatic period in Nithyasree's personal life) at the TTK auditorium of The Music Academy, Chennai, to observe Tyagaraja aradhana.

Titles and honours

 Vidhya Tapasvi, TAPAS Cultural FOundation, Chennai, 2012
 Distinguished Alumnus, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, 2011
 Sangeetha Choodamani, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, 2010
 Sangeetha Siromani, Nungambakkam Cultural Academy, Chennai, 2009
 Sangeetha Saptha Sagara, Shanthi Arts Foundation, Chennai, 2005
 Vani Kala Sudhakara, Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai, 2004
 Bala Ratna, Shri Bala Tripurasundari Peetham, Nemili, 2005
 Asthana Vidushi, Sri Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham, 2003
 Nada Bhushanam, Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, New Delhi, 2002
 Tamil Isai Chelvi, Australian Tamil Foundation, 2001
 Rasika Kala Ratna, Rasikapriya, Sydney, Australia, 2001
 Sangeetha Kala Bharathy, Needamangalam VVS Foundation, Chennai, 2001
 Nada Oli, Nada Inbam, Chennai, 2001
 Isai Peroli, Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai, 1996
 Yuva Kala Bharathi, Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, 1990
 Sahithyapriya, Jan Kalyan (Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham), Kanchipuram

Awards from Music Academy, Chennai

 Kshetragnar Padam Prize, 1985
 MLV Award, Outstanding young vocalist, 1986
 Pankajam Rajam Award, 1987
 D.K. Pattammal Award, 1988
 T.V. Subba Rao Award, 1989
 D.K. Pattammal & T.V. Subba Rao Award, 1990
 Pappu Kamakshiamma Award (Best sub-senior vocalist), 1993
 G. Ramakrishna Iyer Award (Sub- senior Vocalist), 1994
 T. R. Rajagopala Iyer Award (Best Raga Alapana), 1995
 Ariyakudi Trust Award (Best Lady Vocalist), 1996
 Srirangam Gopalaratnam Award (Best Lady Vocalist), 1997
 Outstanding Lady Vocalist - Senior, 2000
 Outstanding Lady Vocalist - Senior, 2001
 Srirangam Gopalaratnam Award, 2005

Other awards 

 AIR Music competition prize, Classical Vocal and Light Classical, 1987
 Rajaji Tambura Prize, Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai, 1983
 Annamalai Vallal Prize, Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai, 1980
 First prize, Talent Promotion Concert, Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai,1984
 6-year Cultural Talent Scholarship for Instrumental Music (Veena), Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India, New Delhi (at the age of 10)
 Sponsored by Central Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi for "Yuva Prathibha Mela", Thiruvananthapuram, 1987

Free Download collection of   S.Sowmya
01-Maha_ganapate-Natanarayani-m.dikshitar :

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02-entO_prEmatO-VARNAM-shuruTTi :

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03-Bhavapriye Bhavani :

03-Bhavapriye Bhavani
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04-Evarani :

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05-Isane :

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06-Edayya Gati :

06-Edayya Gati
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07-Eppadi Padinaro :

07-Eppadi Padinaro
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08-Kurai Ondrum Illai :

08-Kurai Ondrum Illai
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09-Sadachaleshvaram-bhupalam-m.dikshitar :

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10-shyAma_sundarAnga-dhanyAsi :

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11-Tullumada :

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11_Kannanai Kandayo-Sindhubairavi :

11_Kannanai Kandayo-Sindhubairavi
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12_Alaipayute :

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13_Neeraja Shyama-Jayantha Sree :

13_Neeraja Shyama-Jayantha Sree
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14_Yen Pandilkondeeraya :

14_Yen Pandilkondeeraya
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15_sEvE_srIkAntaM-mOhanakalyANi-swAtitirunAL :

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16_Paal Vadiyum Mukham-Nata Kurinchi :

16_Paal Vadiyum Mukham-Nata Kurinchi
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17_Bhajare_Gopalam_Hindolam :

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18_Giridhara_Gopala :

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19_Madhura Madhura-Atana :

19_Madhura Madhura-Atana
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20-iniennapechirukkudu-sahana-subbaramaiyer :

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21-ithenaithulambaram-dhanyasi-muthu_thandavar :

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22_Bhavayami-Yamuna Kalayni :

22_Bhavayami-Yamuna Kalayni
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23_Bhavamulona_Suddha_Dhanyasi :

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24_Baala Kanakamaya :

24_Baala Kanakamaya
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Comment by : Vidya
Comment on : Nov 5 2015 4:02AM

I had no opportunity to hear padams of Ganam Krishnaiyer so far.  thanks a lot for the upload. Sowmya has rendered them nicely.

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