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Kanchana Shree Lakshminarayana Music Academy trust® is a non-profit trust, dedicated to the propagation and promotion of Indian classical music and has strived selflessly towards this cause for nearly 100 years. We are today a well recognized and reputed trust in Bangalore and have been actively hosting many important music/cultural events in southern parts of India.

  • "Kanchanothsava" - is today recognized as one of the top musical events in Bangalore and in whole of Karnataka. World famed artists, connoisseurs, dignitaries, audiences attend the event in great numbers. It is celebrated yearly twice, once in Kanchana (Dakshina kannada district) and once in Bangalore.
  • Our recurring bi-monthly chamber concerts have created immense growth opportunities for budding musicians and have been very well received.
  • Yearly recurring "Guru Samsmarana" – in reverence and remembrance of great Music/Art Gurus has been highly appreciated and attended due to unique artist combinations involved.
  • We regularly conduct long running workshops related to classical music, studies and researches about classical music in different art forms in various parts of southern India.

Besides the recurring events, our trust has often brought out week long cultural events staging many facets of art such as – dance, drama, canvas painting, sand painting, literature avadhana, yakshagana, kaavya-vaachana etc.


Along with a wide range of events, our trust has always continuously worked on the below:


  • Carnatic music education on vocal, violin, mridangam and flute.
  • Indian classical music theory classes.
  • Musician career planning for students.
  • Promoting music education among backward classes and rural population.
  • Organizing seminars from great scholars on various art themes.
  • Conferring awards to achievers in various fields of art - i.e music, musicology, dance, drama, yakshagana, painting, sculpture, social service, folk arts etc.

Kanchana SLN Music Academy trust has a history of nearly 100 years and is the oldest organization for music to originate in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.

In the early 1930s, a Veena artist and Leg harmonium player named Smt. Kanchana Anandalakshmi Ammal started a music institute – Sree Lakshminarayana school of music and Arts in Mangalore, Karnataka. The institution brought forth astounding performances and special trainings by the all time legends - Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, G N Balasubramaniam, Chakrakodi Narayana Shastri and such others benefitting hundreds of people. Later in 1940s, the institution functioned in Chennai and was blessed by the guidance, teachings and performances of great luminaries such as Piteelu Chowdaiyyah, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar etc.

The first disciple of this institute – Anandalakshmi Ammal's son – Kanchana Venkatasubramaniam, an incredible vocalist and composer, was led and inspired by his mother's services and then dedicated his life to propagate music in not just cities but mainly in rural villages. Among his many land ownerships, he chose the remotest village called Bajathur in Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka to build a music school facility. During 1950s he transformed the institute into a Gurukul system music school that provided free music lessons, free accommodation, free food, clothing, medicine and basic amenities. Trainings were provided on vocal, violin, flute, mridangam, ghata, nagaswara and veena. During those years, this gurukul housed more than 150 music pupils (from many parts of south India) who were learning, graduating under its excellent curriculum. People of all religions, castes and genders were always treated equally and accepted equally in the institute. Many disciples of this institute are now well known artists and teachers.

Under the guidance of Kanchana Venkatasubramaniam and his son Kanchana Subbarathnam (great violinist, composer, vocalist, polymath and teacher) the institute not only spread classical music, but also worked strenuously towards betterment of music rendition in local folk arts such as Yakshagana Bhagavathike, Taala Maddale etc. Separate music training was given to Yakshagana singers and well-known Yakshagana artists such as Damodara Mandechcha.This marked the onset of a new classical era itself in Yakshagana Bhagavathike. The institution was ever active with monthly stage practice concerts for students, annual day celebrations of many prominent Carnatic music composers (Thyagaraja, Dikshitar, Shyama shastri, Purandara dasa etc.) and several frequent music projects involving great music legends.

The trust founders also opened free general education primary and high schools for the benefit of gurukul pupils and surrounding villagers.

In 1954, the institution was registered and recognized by the government. The institution's growth and its founders' relentless efforts towards holistic development brought electricity, telephone, post office, government bus transportation and tar road etc to the then forest like remote village - Bajathur. The village soon got identified with the name 'Kanchana' and was appreciated by legends like Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, Violin T Chowdiah, Prof P. Sambamoorthi and such others as "Thiruvayyur of Karnataka".

Vid. Kanchana Anandalakshmi Ammal (1898-1964)
She was the mother of Kanchana Venkatasubramaniam and was a Veena artist and leg harmonium player. She was also a composer and lyricist. She was a disciple of sri Palakkad Subbayyar. She had organized several special music training sessions by legends such as GNB, Chowdiah and such others for the benefit of public. Her husband Kanchana Venkataramannaiya was an art patron who built and renovated many temples single handedly and had made many generous donations towards art and social development.

"Sangeetha Rathna" Kanchana Venkatasubramaniam (1921-1982)
He was the father of Kanchana Subbarathnam and was a very renowned vocalist. He was a disciple of GNB, Chembai and Chakrakodi Narayana Shastri. His social services were incredible in rural areas and he had renovated many temples in his administration. He had built a gurukula music school with free music classes, free shelter, free food and all basic amenities. He also built a free primary general education school and worked on many facets of social reforms and development. He reformed and incorporated classical raagas in to Yakshagana music. Several students who got trained under him, have gone onto become stalwart musicians. He was famous for GNB style of singing.

"Karnataka Kalashree" Kanchana V. Subbarathnam (1948-2005)
He was a self learnt violin legend who accompanied music demi gods such as Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar at a tender age of 9 years!! He was an 'A' grade violinist, a composer and a vocalist, who accompanied nearly every legendary musician of his time such as N Ramani, KVN, Balamuralikrishna, S Kalyanaraman, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and many others. At the tender age of 14, he accompanied the then living legend Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer. He won many awards and accolades such as 'Outstanding young musician award' - twice from Madras music academy, 'Karnataka Kalashree' from Karnataka state govt and many more. He had also performed in Doordarshan, AIR several times. He had built a free general education high school and worked on many social/rural developmental activities.

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Our Team

  • Padmavibhushana Rajarshi Dr.D Veerendra Heggade

    President

  • Sri. K U Jayachandra Rao

    Vice President

  • Smt. K. Rohini Subbarathnam

    Secretary

  • Smt. Kanchana S Shriranjani

    Treasurer

  • Poojya D. Harshendra Kumar

    Member

  • Smt. Kanchana S Shruthiranjani

    Member

  • Smt. Veena Srinivas

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Thyagaraja Pancharathna Goshti Gayana, Kanchanothsava 2015
60th Kanchanothsava
L Subrahmaniam and Ambi Subrahmaniam playing Samayamide at 60th Kanchanothsava


Raga Thodi (Todi) - Endu Daginado - L. Subramaniam and Ambi Subramaniam (Part 1)
Raga Thodi (Todi) - Endu Daginado - L. Subramaniam and Ambi Subramaniam (Part 2)
Raga Thodi (Todi) - Endu Daginado - L. Subramaniam and Ambi Subramaniam (Part 3)

Kanchana-Gurukulam Online

Kanchana Shree Lakshminarayana Music Academy trust® is a non-profit trust dedicated for the propagation and promotion of Indian classical music. The trust has worked selflessly towards this cause for nearly 100 years.

In the early 1930s, a Veena artist and Leg harmonium player named Smt. Kanchana Anandalakshmi Ammal started Sree Lakshminarayana school of music and Arts in Dakshina Kannada. The institution was primarily set up to bring performances and training for the benefit of the local audience by the legends such as Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, G N Balasubramaniam, Chakrakodi Narayana Shastri and such others.

The first disciple of this institute – Anandalakshmi Ammal's son – Sangeeta Ratna Kanchana Venkatasubramaniam, an incredible vocalist and composer - inspired by his mother's services transformed the institute during the 1950s into a “gurukula system” music school that provided free music lessons, free accommodation, free food, clothing, medicine and basic amenities. During those years, this gurukula housed more than 150 pupils from many parts of Dakshina Karnataka.

Under the guidance of Kanchana Venkatasubramaniam and his son Karnataka Kalasri Kanchana Subbarathnam (well known violinist, composer, vocalist and teacher) the institution gained prominence with regular monthly stage practice concerts for students, thematic concerts based on prominent carnatic music composers such as Thayagaraja, Dikshitar, Shyamashastri, Purandara dasa etc. In 1954, Sree Kanchana Lakshminarayana Music Academy Trust was registered and recognized by the government.

The institution today is lead by Smt Rohini Subbarathnam (w/o Shri Kanchana Subbarathnam), Kanchana sisters - Smt Shriranjani and Smt Shruthiranjani and Shri K U Jayachandra Rao. Keeping up years of tradition and relentless service to the students of music, the institution is committed to impart rigorous training in carnatic and hindustani music in the Vocal, Mrudangam, Violin, Konnakol and Tabala streams. With the advent of technology, the institution is now dedicated towards extending the tradition of imparting classical music training using the online platform, at the same time preserving the rigour of learning. The trust introduces KANCHANA-GURUKULAM ONLINE, a platform to register, learn and share learning experiences online.

Kanchana-Gurukulam Online platform is designed in a manner to maintain the rigour of learning classical music despite the disadvantages that distance learning brings in. This is achieved by bringing in personalised attention by way of tailoring classes based on the student's capability and aspirations, providing opportunities to collaborate with fellow students, sharing experiences of other online students and monitoring the individual's progress on a regular basis. This is also augmented by face-face sessions designed around the limitations of distances using different workable approaches.

The personalised course content based on each student's level of learning and goals will be designed by Shri K U Jayachandra Rao for Mrudangam, Konnakol, Tabala and by the Kanchana sisters for Vocal, Violin.

K U JAYACHANDRA RAO
Vidwan Jayachandra Rao is one of the most sought after mridangam artists today performing regularly around the globe. K U Jayachandra Rao, a Master’s degree holder in M.Sc. (Bio Science), hails from a family of musicians. A player moulded in Tanjavur Bani of mridanga playing, Jayachandra Rao is recognised and reputed today, for his Gayaki Style of mridanga rendering. Jayachandra Rao has extensively performed all over India and abroad in various music festivals, regularly accompanying most of the leading artists of classical music today, collaborating with artists from different genres of music and percussion, as well as giving mridangam solo performances. A committed teacher, Jayachandra Rao is also a very sought after guru for learning Konnakkol , with his students spread worldwide.

KANCHANA S SHRIRANJANI
The elder of the KANCHANA SISTERS duo, Shriranjani was initiated into the music at the tender age of 3 by her father & renowned violinist “KARNATAKA KALASHREE” KANCHANA V SUBBARATHNAM. KANCHANA SISTERS today are recognised for their rendition of complex "Avadhana Pallavis”, learnt from their uncle Dr. R.S. Nandakumar. A law degree holder and a topper in carnatic vocal and violin “Vidwath” grade examinations, she is a graded artist of All India Radio, an empanelled artiste of ICCR and has won various Awards in the field of music like ANANYA YUVA PURASKAR, prestigious 'KALAAVATHAMSA' award conferred by Gokulam School of Music etc. She has also performed extensively in India and abroad as a part of KANCHANA SISTERS duo. Shriranjani is also a committed teacher, training students in violin and vocal, both in India and abroad.

KANCHANA S SHRUTHIRANJANI
Shruthiranjani, The younger of KANCHANA SISTERS , started learning music at the tender age of 3 years from her father, “KARNATAKA KALASHREE” Kanchana V Subbarathnam, a renowned violinist in India and began staging classical concerts at the tender age of 4. KANCHANA SISTERS today are recognised for their rendition of complex "Avadhana Pallavis", learnt from their uncle Dr. R.S. Nandakumar. A topper in her law degree, Shruthiranjani had also achieved 1st rank in her "Vidwath" grade carnatic vocal and violin examinations. Presently Shruthiranjani is under the tutelage of world renowned violinist Dr. L Subramaniam. She is an empanelled artiste of ICCR, a graded artiste in All India Radio (AIR) and a recipient of senior performer scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). She has also performed extensively in India and abroad as a part of KANCHANA SISTERS duo. She trains students in violin and vocal, both in India and abroad, and also as faculty at SaPa - Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts founded by Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

ANIRUDHA BHAT
Anirudha is one of the most sought after young percussion artists today, specializing in the art of playing mridangam. He started learning mridangam from Vid. M V Mohan at the age of 10 and later continued his advanced learning under the guidance of Vid. K U Jayachandra Rao. Anirudha is a B-High grade artist of Akashvani and Doordarshan. He has accompanied many senior and upcoming musicians such as Vid. Dr. Vidyabhushana, Vid. Mysore M Nagaraj and Vid. Mysore M Manjunath, Vid. Vittal Ramamurthy, Vid. T S Sathyavathi, Vid. Smt. Neela Ramgopal, Vid. Smt. Lalgudi Rajalakshmi, Vid. Ramakrishnan Murthy, Kanchana Sisters to name a few. He has performed several double mridanga concerts with his guru Sri. K U Jayachandra Rao. He has extensively travelled for concerts and workshops to European, Middle East and African countries such as Ireland, Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Austria, UK, Scotland, Uganda, Kenya and Dubai.

KARTHIK KRISHNA
Karthik Neraluru Krishna started learning Tabla from Pandit Rajgopal Kallurkar. Currently he is learning the traditional system of the illustrious Farookabad gharana under Maestro Pandit Subhankar Banerjee, Kolkata. Fascinated by the carnatic system of calculations and its complexity, he is also learning the carnatic system of calculations and adaptability of tabla accompaniment for carnatic music from mridangam maestro Vidwan K U Jayachandra Rao. Karthik was recently conferred “B-High grade” directly by the All India Radio. Today Karthik is a very highly rated and in-demand accompanying artist, both in hindustani and carnatic streams, due to his versatility and the ability to accompany artists in both genres of classical music. He has accompanied stalwarts such as Pandit Raghavendra Gudi, Pandit Krishnendra Wadikar, Ustad Rafique Khan, Ustad Hafiz Bale Khan, Vidushi Maithili Raj, Malladi Brothers, Vid. Mysore Manjunath , Vid. Shashank Subramanyam, Vid. K U Jayachandra Rao, Vid. Arjun Kumar, Vid. Giridhar Udupa to name a few.

VYSHWANARA KEDILAYA
Born into a family deeply entrenched in Yakshagana, a theatre form popular in Coastal karnataka, Vyshwanara obtained his basic education in music from Smt. Saroja Hebbar. Later, from the age of 10, he started learning from "Karnataka Kalashree" Kanchana V Subbarathnam in the gurukula system. He had the fortune of spending his entire vacations and weekends at Kanchana, learning and practising under the disciplined guidance of Smt. Rohini Subbarathnam, enriching his musical experiences through travels accompanying his guru, and also watching from close quarters, the stalwarts in the field of classical music, who regularly visited Kanchana. A software engineer by profession, he has completed his "Vidwath" grade in vocal with distinction. Currently, he is continuing his leaning under Kanchana Sisters and also serves as a visiting faculty for vocal at SaPa - Subramanium Academy of performing arts, founded by Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

SHRUTHY BN
Born to musically inclined parents, Shruthy started learning under Smt Sitalakshmi at the age of 8 and later continued her training under Smt Raksha Shastry & Vid. R.N.Srilatha. Shruthy has obtained her bachelor's degree in performing arts (Carnatic Vocal) from Mysore University. Currently she is undergoing advanced training in carnatic vocal under Vid. Kanchana S Shriranjani . A passionate teacher, Shruthy is also pursuing M.A in Music from Padmavathi Vishwavidyalayam, Tirupathi.

SAVITHA SATHISH
Smt. Savitha Sathish, started learning Carnatic Classical Vocal from Sri Shivaswamy at the age of 10 and continued her training under Smt. Gowri Sathyanarayana and Vid. R.S. Nandakumar. She is currently under the tutelage of Vidushi. Kanchana Shriranjani and has been learning from her for more than a decade. A Passionate teacher, Smt. Savitha also works as a music faculty at SaPa (Subramaniam Academy for Performing Arts) in Schools. SaPa in schools a unique initiative that aims to create an ecosystem for Music Education in India. Smt Savita has recently started performing concerts in many sabhas.

RAGHUNANDAN BERKADAVU
Started learning music at the tender age of 9 years and was later extensively trained by renowned violinist of the country, Karnataka Kalashri Late Guru Kanchana V Subbarathnam & Smt. Rohini V Subbarathnam. Now he is being trained by their daughter Vidushi Smt Kanchana S Shruthiranjani of Kanchana Sisters fame. Raghunandan has rich melodious voice. He is well versed in singing carnatic classical, cotemporary music, devotional, folk music and music for drama & theatre. He is an efficient singer for Indian classical dance – Bharathanatyam. He is open to collaborate with any forms of global music and has travelled to Sweden, Belgium and Germany to collaborate with musicians from European, African and Asian countries.
A graded artist of All India Radio, Raghunandan has sung for many albums with his Gurus and also the suprabhatam album of Sri Ramachandrapura Matha called “Mangalada Mumbelagu”.
An MBA graduate in Human Resources, Raghunandan has been working for corporate as Learning & Development professional for over 10 years. He is very passionate about teaching music and has been associated with Dr.L Subramaniam’s institute - Subramaniam’s Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa) since 2014 and has served them in various capacities. He has started his own contemporary indo fusion band called “Arohi - The Band” with an ultimate goal of reaching out and spreading creative music to the masses. 


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  • Post - Bajathur, Puttur - Taluk, Dakshina Kannada, Zipcode - 574241

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