Renowned violinist Avasarala Kanyakumari selected for the prestigious 2016 Sangita Kalanidhi Award. With this, she becomes first female violinist chosen in over 85 years of history of this prestigious award. She will be bestowed with the award on January 1, 2017.
Avasarala Kanyakumari, who hails from Vijayanagaram in Andhra Pradesh, is a violinist from South India and specializes in Carnatic music. She has an experience of over 50 years as an accompanist, soloist and teacher. She has many successful creative innovations to her credit, she has created seven ragas under the title Saptadri , seven names of Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati, Mahalakshmi, Tirumurti and Bharat.
She has been a recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award) awarded by Indian Government 2015 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2003).
The Sangita Kalanidhi award/title Sangita Kalanidhi award/title is a prestigious award bestowed annually upon an expert of Carnatic Music by the Madras Music Academy. The award’s name has been derived from Sanskrit which means treasure of Music and art in English. So far, eight all male violinists have been bestowed with this award.