Smt. Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam : The Outstanding performer

Smt. Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam is one of the leading exponents of the finest of Indian fine arts - Carnatic music. She has been performing since the age of twelve and has an impressive list of achievements to her credit.

Vijayalakshmy has held audiences worldwide spellbound with her rich and mellifluous voice, her vast repertoire of ragas and compositions, and her perfect control on rhythmic aspects of music. Her concerts are rich with raga bhava and sahitya bhava , imparting tremendous refinement and sophistication to her presentations. Vijayalakshmy has an outstanding performance record of several concerts across the globe.

She is a serious researcher of music. In June 2007, she brought out a book “ Apoorva Kriti Manjari ” – a collection of twenty rare compositions of the Carnatic Music Trinity. To facilitate easy learning, the book has notations in English and Tamil by noted musicologist S. Balachander and the audio has been rendered by Vijayalakshmy.

Vijayalakshmy is a dedicated teacher and has groomed many students in vocal music. While concentrating on vocal techniques, she also guides them on various theoretical aspects of music.



Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam started her training in Carnatic Music at New Delhi at the age of five under Shri K. Padmanabhan , a disciple of Harikesanallur Shri Muthiah Bhagavathar from the Swati Tirunal Academy , Trivandrum . Under the guidance of guru Sangeeta Bhushanam Shri K Krishnaswamy of Annamalai University , she learnt detailed aspects of manodharma sangita or improvisation. Vijayalakshmy further honed her skills under the guidance of eminent Vidwans Shri S.Rajam, Shri T.R.Subramaniam and Shri V.R.Krishnan . Vijayalakshmy enhanced her proficiency for classicism and developed into a musician with a vivid sense of proportion, evident in her concerts.



•  Submitted thesis for Ph.D in Music, Annamalai University , Tamil Nadu

Thesis topic: “ Tamil Composers of the Twentieth Century ”. The dissertation involved assimilation and documentation of Tamil composers and the critical analysis of the musical and lyrical values

•  Sangeet Alankar, 1987 , Gandharva Mahavidyalaya , New Delhi (A masters level program)

•  Sangeet Shiromani, 1982 , Music Faculty, Delhi University (Diploma in Carnatic Music)

•  Masters in Economics, 1983 - 1985 , Punjab University , Chandigarh , India

•  Bachelor of Arts (Economics Hons.) - 1980 - 1983 , Miranda House , Delhi University , New Delhi , India .



1.   National Graduate Conference for Ethnomusicology, July 2006

“New Directions in Music Studies” University of Cambridge , United Kingdom

Paper presented on- “What is the point of studying Music and Culture in today's world?”

2. The Symposium of the International Musicological Society (SIMS), July 2004

Melbourne , Australia

Paper presented on – ‘Music Communication: Raga and Tala – a bridge across' (Communication of moods in Carnatic Music). This was based on the Carnatic system of ragas.

3. Workshop for students, on the nuances of Carnatic Music, July 2004

Victoria University , Wellington , New Zealand

4. Concert and workshop on Carnatic music , June 2003

World Vocal Music Festival, Tampere , Finland

5. Master Class, Asia Pacific Music Festival , July 1992

Wellington , New Zealand

6. The Music Academy , December 1996

Chennai , India

Paper presented on –‘G.N. Balasubramaniam as a composer'

7. Mudhra Foundation, October 2000

Chennai , India

Paper presented on ‘Music and the Electronic media'

8. Lecture Series, Annamalai University , July 2007

Chidambaram , India

Under the Refresher Course of the University Grants Commission, Government of India, gave a series of lectures for the teaching Staff of various Music Colleges

9. Music Department, University of Kerala , Feb 2008

Thiruvananthapuram , India

Presented a concert and lecture demonstration for the post graduate and research students



•  The KI Tropentheater, Amsterdam , 2005 – Concert Series in Belgium and Holland

•  Asia Pacific Music Festival , New Zealand , 1992

•  Concerts in United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Germany and Switzerland

•  With her extensive repertoire, she has presented exclusive concerts of composers including Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar, Syama Sastri, Swati Tirunal, Purandara Dasa, Annamacharya, Bhadrachala Ramadas, Koteeswara Iyer, Oothukadu Venkata Subbier, Arunagirinathar, and Jayadeva


•  Government of India Junior Talent Scholarship, 1977 - 1983

•  Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi Scholarship, 1983 – 1985


•  Gaana Tejasvini, Gaana Vahini and Gaana Varshini - The Master Recording Company

•  Sri Dwaraka Tirupati Suprabhatham with Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Sri Dwaraka Tirupati Devasthanam

•  Sita Kalyana Vaibhavam - Gitaa Cassettes

•  Ekaika Ragam Series - Times Music

•  Naada Sukham - HMV Records

•  Shaktam- Shakti, Myriad hues of Todi, Sringeri, Annamayya - Charsur Digital Workstation

•  Muruga Muruga, Madrasil Margazhi (Live concerts), Sarvanandham - Rajalakshmi Fine Arts

•  Bhava Raga Tala, Gopaala Baalam, Dikshitar Masterpieces - VS Classics

•  Trimurti - Kosmic Music


•  ‘Best Pallavi rendition' prize, The Music Academy, Chennai, Jan 2007

•  ‘Sahityapriya' award from Kalavardhani, June, 2006

•  ‘Sarada Krishna Iyer award for outstanding performance' from The Music Academy, Chennai, Jan 2005

•  ‘Tulasivana Puraskaram' from the Tulasivanam Parishat, Kerala, December 2004.

•  'Sangeetha Shikamani' award form the Andhra Social and Cultural Association, Chennai, 2000.

•  'Gaana Seva Rathnam' award from the Purandara Dasar Aradhana Mahotsava Sabha, Chennai, 1997.

•  'Best Vocalist' award for the sub senior category from The Music Academy, Annual Music Festival, in 1996 and

•  'Outstanding Young Person' award from the Jaycees, Kilpauk Chamber, Chennai, 1996.


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