12 March 2013

Shraddhanjali to Sangeeta Kalanidhi Padmabhushan Dr. Sri Pada Pinakapani

Sangeeta Kalanidhi Dr Sri Pada PinakaPani (1913-2013 )

Legendary Carnatic vocalist Sangeeta Kalanidhi Dr Sri Pada Pinakapani passed away on 11th March 2013 at Kurnool. I offer my Sabhakti poorna  pranams and Shraddanjali to the feet of Dr Pinakapani.

 Biography of  Dr Sri Pada Pinakapani:

Dr. Sripada Pinakapani was born on August 3rd 1913 at Priyagraharam (village) in Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh. He was the last son of Sri Sripada Kameswara Rao and Smt Jogamma, He had his primary education in Rajahmundry and Kakinada. He graduated in M.B.B.S. (1939) and did his post graduation in M.D. General Medicine (1945) both from Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam. He served in Madras Medical College as Assistant Professor of Medicine and later in Andhra Pradesh Government in Andhra Medical College (Visakhapatnam)/ King George Hospital and at Kurnool Medical College/ Government General Hospital Kurnool between 1945 and 1968 and retired as Professor of Medicine, Superintendent GGH Kurnool on August 2nd on Superannuation from State Government Service at the age of 55.
His main hobby was Classical Carnatic Music. His Adi-Guru was (Late) Sri B.S. Lakshmanarao of Mysore, a fourth generation disciple of Saint Sri Tyagaraja Swamy. His Gurus in advanced music were ‘PADMASREE’ Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu (late) and Sri Ranga Ramanuja Ayyangar(late) of Madras. He performed in All India Radio since October1938 until 2001and gave Public Concerts in all over in Andhra Pradesh, some places in Tamil nadu, Delhi, Bangalore and Bombay. 
Following are some of the prominent awards conferred on Dr Sri Pada Pinakapani:

  • A.P. Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award in (1966),
  • A.P. Sangeetha Academy Fellowship in (1982),
  • T.T.D. Asthana Vidwan (1973),
  • 'Sapthgiri Sangeetha Vidwanmani' (TTD) (1974),
  • Kala Prapoorna (Honorary Doctorate in Music, of Andhra University given by (Late)His Highness Sri Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy the then President of India,
  • National Sangeetha Natak Akademy Award, Delhi (1977),
  • 'Sangeeta Kala Sikhamani' of Madras Fine Arts Society Society (1970),
  • 'Sangeetha Kalanidhi' of Madras Music Academy (1983),
  • Padma Bhushan (Presidential Award, conferred by then President of India, His Highness Jyani Zail Singh) in 1984.
  • He was one of the Five Memember Cultural Delegation of Government of India that toured China in 1984.
  • 'SAPNA' (Sri Annamacharya Project of North America) Life time achievement award in April 2004,
  • 'Kalasagara' of Hyderabad award for lifetime achievement in 2008.
  • Tyaga Brahma Ganasabha of Chennai gave lifetime achievement award on 17th of February 2012 and
-first ever 'TELUGU VELUGU' Puruskar wais conferred on 30th of March 2012, by His Excellency Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh as a tribute to Telugu speaking people who brought world wide glory, along with the greats like Sri Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna (Classical Music), Dr. C.R. Rao (Mathematics), Gen K.V. Krishna Rao (Army), Sri C. Narayana Reddy (literature), Sri Vempati Satyam (kuchipudi dance), Sri Bapu (art), Sri Akkineni Nageswara Rao (film industry)
  • 'Tagore Ratna' was given by National Sangeetha Natak Academy at the end of April 2012 in a quiet function at his residence at Kurnool.
Dr Pinakapani, as a  Great Guru and author :

His music pursuit and activities did continue to more than significant extent after this. He continued to train students who sought him. He put all the music he acquired through more than 5 decades of single minded effort, into a book, and this was published by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam of Tirupati in the four volume magnum opus the SANGEETHA SOWURABHAMU, containing more than 1000 kritis of various composers notated, which he reset into delectable Tanjavur bani (gharana) for which he strived throughout his entire life. This set of books happens to be the source of quality compositions for all aspiring musicians in India and abroad. And many more publications have come up subsequently. He realized that after him only the books continue to be the source of music and put all his energies for the posterity.
MANODHARMA SANGITAM is the book which gives insight into how to develop one’s own manodharma and this has been accepted as one of the books recommended by Telugu University of Hyderbad for music students.
PALLAVI GANA SUDHA, is a unique colletion of more than 160 PALLAVI’S of classic rendition notated and of them 25 have detailed work up. This book is published in both Telugu and English.
MELARAGAMALIKA, contains the description of the 72 melaragas and the actual Melaragamalika was originally composed by Sri Mahavaidya Natha Iyer. To this Dr Pinakapani added notes and brought out in a beautiful book with the Sanchari Swaras on the facing page of each component raga of the ragamalika. Thus it serves as guide to an aspirant musician of the 72 melakarthas. He composed the tune of 108 Annamacharya Kritis in Tanjavur Bani and dedicated them to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.
He was awarded Gupta Foundation Award of Eluru in 1993, Lifetime Achievement Award by Nadabharathi of Hyderabad in 2001, Gadicherla Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, Lifetime Achievement Award by SAPNA (Sri Annamacharya Project of North America) in 2004, Dr.Jandhyala Dakshina Murthy Foundation Lifetime achievement Award 2005, Kalasagara of Hyderabad in 2008.
He trained many in advanced Classical Carnatic music and the famous among them are Sri. Nookala China Satyanaryana, Sri Nedunuri Krishna Murthy, (Late) Sri Voleti Venkateswarlu, (Late) Kumari Srirangam Gopalaratnam, Smt Sistla Vasundhra Devi, Smt K. Subbalakshmi (daughter of Meduri Ramamurthy), Smt. Jayalakshmi Sekhar of Malaysia, (veena). Popular musicians like Sri Malladi Brothers are regular visitors to Dr. Pinakapani for guidance and elobaration of finer points in advanced music.
One notable fact is that his First music disciple Sri Nookala Chinna Satyanarayan himself had been awarded Padma Bhushan AWARD in 2010.
His only deterrent was his old age. He breathed music when he was not praying or asleep and used to sing and said music comes on its own without effort and he cannot help but keep singing. He continuously kept making changes to the nuances and fineness of expression of ragas and he was expressing his desire to make delectable music with short phrases and attributed this effort to his failing breath capacity.

(Source: wiki-pedia )

Video and Audio Links:

Special Programme opn Life of Dr Pinakapani in telugu broad casted by HMTv- Part 1 and Part 2 

Birth Centenary celebrations videos  of Dr Pinakapani @ Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad - part 1 , part 2 and part 3 

Annamacharya Kirtana,  Intakante ika  Ghana  and Kshetrayya Padam  (tuned by Dr Pinakapani ) rendition by Malladi Suri babu , Malladi brothers Sri Rama Prasad & Ravi Kumar and  during Janma Shatabdi celebrations of Dr Pinakapani 

Famous Annamacharya Kirtanas tuned by Dr Pinakapani-

Vaade Venakatadri in Vasanta raaga  by Dr Seshulata and Lahari 

Kshetrayya Padams-  part 1 , part 2 and part 3   by  Malladi brothers tuned by Sri Pada Pinakapani.


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    1. Thank you very much for sharing concert recording of Dr Sri Pada Pinakapani.