Name: Jayalakshmi Sekhar
Date of birth: August 12, 1955 Nationality: Indian
Education: BSc. Chemistry, Stella Maris College, Chennai, India.
Music Training: Initial carnatic music training from father, C.S.Krishnaswamy, on vocal and flute. Formal veena training from Sri Pudukottai Jayarama Iyer, Chennai (1969 - 1978) Advanced music training on techniques of veena play of Veena Vidushi Dhanammal applied to vocal style of rendering by Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. Sripada Pinakapani of Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh (1994 onwards).
Performances and works in the field of music and dance:
India: Jayalakshmi has been performing on the veena in Chennai since 1996 during the December Music Festivals and monthly programmes whenever possible during the year under the auspices of Sabhas and organisations like Nadabruhmam, Suswara, Naradha Gana Sabha, AIMA Chembai Centenary Celebrations, Hamsadwani’s Festivals, Indian Fine Arts Society, Karthik Fine Arts, Tyagaraja Vidwat Sabha, Nadopasana, Krishna Gana Sabha, Veena Balachander Trust Programmes, Kapali Fine Arts, Nada Inbam and Delhi Educational Trust programmes.
She has also performed in Sri Venkateswara College of Music and Dance in Tirupathi, given lecture demonstrations and recitals at Hyderabad,
Secunderabad Music Colleges, Telugu University and Vishwa Kala Parishad and Warangal Music College. She also performed in Sri Raja Rajeswary Kala Niketan, Bangalore, during Sri Rama Navami.
In May 1999, she was given the opportunity to give a lecture cum recital of the techniques of veena play on an Endowment Programme in the prestigious Madras Music Academy.
Prizes: The Gottuvadhyam Narayana Iyengar Award in August 1998 from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. She has been awarded the prize for veena playing in the Sri Tyagaraja Music Festival, held in Tirupathi in July 2000.
Cassettes released: A solo veena cassette released under Kalavardhani in December 1999 and another in December 2000.
Malaysia: Jayalakshmi has been the musician and music consultant for Bharatnatyam performances for the past 13 years (on the violin, veena, flute, vocal, nattuvangam) for Sutra Dance Theatre, whose artistic director is Sri Ramli Ibrahim, renowned Bharatnatyam ,Odissi, Ballet and Contemporary Dance Exponent of Malaysia. Recently, she accompanied for the first time in Ramli’s successful, extensive Odissi Dance Tour in Malaysia with 5 other musicians from Orissa, India. She accompanies nearly all visiting musicians from India and Sri Lanka to Malaysia on the violin. Jayalakshmi also teaches vocal, veena, violin and flute for students in Kuala Lumpur.
In October 2000, she gave a solo veena recital at the Indian High Commission and the Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur.
Australia: Jayalakshmi performed with Bharatnatyam Dance Exponent Dr. Chandrabhanu in Melbourne during the years 1989 - 1994, either on the veena, violin, flute or singing.
University of Pittsburg, USA: She participated in the avant garde music compositions of Malaysian composer, Valerie Ross and performed in the Pittsburg University during the year 1995.
Estonia Orient Festival This year May 2000, she has been invited to give a solo veena recital in Tallinn, Estonia.
Berlin She will also perform in the Indian High Commission, Berlin, Germany
Current programmes for month of august 2001:
aug 18th: Visakha Music Academy - veena solo
c/o T.V.Sekhar c/o C.S.Krishnaswamy
- , Jalan 5/52, 43. (20) Besant Avenue,
Taman Petaling, 46000 Adyar, Chennai, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, India Malaysia.
Tel: 00 603 77829329 044 4911049
Email id: firstname.lastname@example.org
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