A Brief Profile
Dr.T.V.Manikandan Guruvayoor Dr T V Manikandan is a familiarname in the field of Indian Classical Music. He is well-known for his traditional approach with purity and classicism. His melodious and clear voice takethe listeners to a divine world of peace and sheer enjoyment. According to his critics his music is a treat to ears and a food to soul.
Hailing from a family of musicians, Dr. Manikandan started learning music at a tender age of four, from his Grand father. Later he came under the tutelage of Sri Trippunithura Viswanatha Bhagavathar and gave his debut performance at the age of nine and later he got trained by Sri Trissur P. Radhakrishnan . He completed his Bachelor's in music from Govt.Collage, Chittoor. He holds Masters in Music and M.Phil from Delhi University and done extensive research in Karnatic Music under the guidance of Padmabhushan, Sangita Kalanidhi, Prof. T.N.Krishnan. He recieved “National Scholarship” from the Dept.of Culture, Govt.of India , to sharpen his quality by further training in music from Sangita Kalanidhi Prof. T.N.Krishnan.
His contributions and achievements
He authored several articles and books, on music, viz “The Lakshna and lakshya of Karnatik Music – A Quest”, “Glimpses of Karnatik Music” ,and released several musical albums of light devotional songs and classical music, which are highly acclaimed by listerers and critics. His latest Audio CD “Swathi Smrithi”, a collection of rare Swathi Thirunal krithis was released by “Satyam Audios”. His devotional songs Panchamrutam, Panchakshari and Shambu kumaram was also well received by the audience. He is a graded artist of All India Radio & gives regular performance in Doordarshan, All India Radio, World Space, and other T.V.Channels, besides live concerts all over the country.
He has the credit of chairing several Research Boards and Panels of Universities like Delhi University , Indira Gandhi University for Music and Dance, Chattisgarh. Andhra University ,Calicut University etc. and also under the Ministry of culture,CCRT,NIOS etc. Several students are doing M.Phil and Doctoral Research under his guidence.
Besides singing and research, he is grooming several youngsters to upcoming musicians. His talented disciples are all set to keep the tradition alive for the years to come. Many of them are recipients of the Government's scholarships. , His contribution to Music has been recognized by several Musical Society by conferring titles and awards like
“Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar Award” from Chennai,
“Sangita Kovida” by Gayatri Fine Arts,
”Sangita Bhaskara” by Asthik Samaj
“Pushpakasree” title from SPSS Worldwide Trivandrum ,
“Sangeeta Kala Choodamani” from Sangeeta Samajam K R J School of Music Madurai & Delhi etc; to name a few.
To promote and spread Music and culture in the capital he has started an organization “Rasikapriya” and conducted several concerts and workshops .The latest being the Nine day long Navrathri Festival Featuring Eminent Artistes from all over India. Like Sh.T.V.Gopalakrishnan, Prof.Unnikrishnan Sh.V.Dakshinamoorty, , Smt. Deepthi Bhalla ,Smt Lakshmi Rajagopalan etc.for the past 3 years
Widely traveled for performances allover India under the aegis of several reputed Musical organizations, he has participated in several Music festivals like Chemmbai Festival, Yuva Mahothsav, Ganga Festival , Holikothsav, Swami Haridas festival ,HCL Concert Series, Sangeet Natak Academy ,IIC and several established Sangita Sabhas in Tamilnadu, Kerala and southern states.
At present Dr T V Manikandan ,also an ICCR Panelist, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music, Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, University of Delhi.