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Nedunuri Krishnamurthy



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Dr. Nedunuri Krishnamurthy (born October 10, 1927) is a famous Indian Carnatic vocalist.[1] His tonal quality and “Continuity” are his special assets.

Early life

Born in Pitapuram, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh to Rama Murthy Panthulu and Vijayalakshmi.[2] His father held a small job, at the estate of the Raja of Pithapuram.[3] He was under influence of his mother who sang Ashtapadis, Tarangas and the Adhyatma Ramayana kritis. She had a great influence on him while growing up.

He joined the Maharaja’s Music College at Vizianagaram in the year 1940 and received initial training in Violin and Vocal from the Dwaram Narasinga Rao Naidu. In 1949, he was influenced by carnatic vocalist, Sripada Pinakapani, and under his guidance developed his style of music.
Performing career

Nedunuri Krishnamurthy worked as Principal of S.V.College of Music and Dance, Tirupati; M.R.Government College of Music and Dance, Vizianagaram; Government College of Music and Dance, Secunderabad; and retired as Principal of G.V.R Government College of Music and Dance, Vijayawada in 1985. He was Dean of Faculty of the Fine Arts and Chairman of Board of Studies in Music of Sri Venkateswara University and Nagarjuna University.

He immensely contributed to Annamacharya Project of the TTD(Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams) in tuning most of the “Annamacharya” kritis as we know them today.[4]

The Krishna Gana Sabha, Madras, conferred on ‘Nedunuri’ with the title “Sangeetha Choodamani” in the year 1976. The Music Academy, Madras conferred on him the most prestigious title of “Sangeeta Kalanidhi” in the year 1991.[5]

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