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Jayalakshmi Sekhar

SRIPADA PINAKAPANIThe singing doctor

From April 1978 to November 1994, I listened to Dr. Pinakapani’s voice over and over again – thanks to my husband T.V. Sekhar, who introduced me to the music he had recorded during his visits to Kurnool. I started visiting Dr. Sripada Pinakapani together with Sekhar from 1979 onwards.

My earlier gurus were my father C.S. Krishnaswamy who introduced me to music, and Pudukottai Jayarama Iyer who taught me so much about the veena for about ten years. By attending several concerts of such stalwarts as Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, K.V. Narayanaswamy, Voleti Venkateswarulu, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Nookala Chinna Sathyanarayana, D.K. Jayaraman and Lalgudi Jayaraman, I was able to understand what great, traditional classical music sounded like and moulded my musical thoughts, though they took their final shape under the tutelage of Dr. Pinakapani … read more


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