Dr. M. Narmadha
Smt. M. Narmadha, daughter and disciple of Violin Maestro Padmashri M.S. Gopalakrishnan, had her initial training in violin at the age of 5 from her revered grandfather, the violin-wizard Parur A. Sundaram Iyer. Continuing her training under her father, learning both Hindustani and Carnatic music, she is one of the leading accompanists cum soloists of the country. Having toured all over the world which includes countries like USA, UK, Holland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, in Violin solo concerts, she has produced a number of LP records and CDs to her credit, both with her father and also as an accompanist.
She has been awarded eight times successively the 'Best-Violinist' Award from 'The Music Academy', Chennai. Having accompanied all top-artists of the country, she has also won gold medals throughout her career. She has been awarded the 'Doctoral Degree' from Delhi-University for her thesis 'Raagas of Indian Music' which she completed as a senior U.G.C. fellow under the remarkable guidance of Sitar - Virtuoso Prof. Debu Chaudhuri. She commands a good flair in a number of languages like English, Sanskrit and French and has authored many articles on music, which have appeared in journals in India and abroad.
Smt. M. Narmadha is an 'A' grade artist and is employed as a Staff-Artist in All India Radio. She is also a good vocalist with tutelage initially from her mother and later under the revered Shri T.M. Thyagarajan. Her aim is to propagate the 'Parur MSG Style' of Violin playing and to train a number of students all over the World. For MF-99, she has released a double-album with her father Shri M.S. Gopalakrishnan, under HMV.