Vivek Sadasivam

Joined : 10th Nov 2020

Carnatic - Vocal

Vivek Sadasivam is a Carnatic singer, hailing from the direct Shishyaparampara of the Saint composer Nadajyothi Muthuswamy Dikshitar. His initial training into Carnatic music came from his grandfather Late A. Anantharaman Iyer and grand-aunt Late A. Champakavalli. Right from his childhood, he has been surrounded by music, and all his family members have been musicians or music educators. His training has continued under his father and singer Vid. A. Sadasivam and mother and veena artiste Vid. Revathi Sadasivam. 

After a short learning stint under Vid. P. Ramaa, since 2003, he has been guided by Sangeet Natak Akademi fellow Vid. Rudrapatnam Thyagarajan. In pursuit of fine-tuning his skills, Vivek has been fortunate to be learning for the last 4 years from Sangeeta Kalanidhi Vid. Sanjay Subrahmanyan and Padmabhushan Dr. L. Subramaniam. He also learned the mridangam briefly from Vid. Arjunan.

Having participated and won several music competitions as a kid, Vivek’s big breakthrough came when he was declared the winner of the All India Radio Competition in 2009 and was awarded a direct gradation. Around the same time, he received a ‘Scholarship to Young Artist’ from the Ministry of Culture. This motivated him to take music up as a profession and soon after, his performance career took off. He was a finalist of a National Level Competition ‘NaadBhed’ organized by Spicmacay and DD and was showered with high praise by senior artistes, Prof. T. N. Krishnan, Vid. Vedavalli and Begum Parveen Sultana.

Since then, in Carnatic music, Vivek has performed several thematic concerts and collaborated with artists from across the world. His ‘Guru-Shishya Samvada’ program for the All India Radio and South Zone Hook up a program for Doordarshan in 2018 have been very well received. He has been performing in the biggest music festival for Carnatic, the ‘Chennai December Music Festival’ music regularly for the last 6 years, and has been a regular feature in sabhas like The Music Academy, NaradaGanaSabha, Mylapore Fine Arts Club and so on.

Apart from Carnatic concerts, Vivek has shown versatility in contemporary music events, like Swaralaya sammelana – an Indian classical, folk and regional music program headed by Vid. Arjun Kumar, Amrutadhwani – a classical-folk-film music ensemble and he has also featured with The ThayirSadam Project. He has been part of Dr. L. Subramaniam’s choir alongside the Latvian Symphony Orchestra in one of the biggest global music festivals in the world, the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival.

An A-grade artiste of the All India Radio and Doordarshan, and empaneled artiste of the ICCR, Vivek has been recipient of several prestigious awards and honors including Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi Fellowship Award from Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai, Best Individual Performance from The Music Academy, Madras, Maharajapuram Santhanam Endowment Prize from Sri Krishna GanaSabha, the title ‘Nadakishora’ from Nadabrahma Sangeetha Sabha, Mysore and title ‘Pratibhakankshi’ from Sri Rama SevaMandali, Bangalore. He has performed widely across the country and abroad, notably in the United States of America and Singapore.

In 2015, he released his first music album on compositions of his great grandfather Late A. AnanthakrishnaIyer. In 2018, he released a classical music album ‘Time Travel’ that explores Carnatic ragas through the day. In July of 2019, he sang the Swarabindu Thillana, a release by the Thayir Sadam Project. He has had the great privilege of singing as part of ‘Durga Maa’, a devotional album sung by Bollywood Legend Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, and in an album of Sri Ganapathy Sachhidananda Swamiji’s compositions produced by Dr. L. Subramaniam. His version of ‘Fun with Chakravakam’, a The ThayirSadam Project number, was widely popular in social media. He has an active Youtube channel where you can find his Carnatic music.

In 2017, Vivek represented India in the World Festival of Youth and Students in Russia representing the culture of India and had an opportunity to perform and present his views on music education in front of a global audience. He was one of the youngest speakers in the South Western Conference organized by the International Society of Music Education (ISME) in 2017 and shared his views on Technology in Music Education.

He co-hosts The SaPa Show on Sri Sankara TV, a weekly music-learning program initiated by the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa). He performed in the Amaravati Global Music and Dance Festival held by the state of Andhra Pradesh in 2017 curated by Dr. L. Subramaniam and featuring artistes like Hema Malini, Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, Birju Maharaj, Sivamani, Trilok Gurtu, Kazakh State Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. Vivek has also conducted several specialized music workshops for organizations and in schools and his articles have been published in leading art magazines like Sruti. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from NIT, Surathkaland after his short stint with a global filter manufacturing company Mann+Hummel, he works now with the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts as Head of Special Projects, where he helps develop curriculum, teacher training, processes and collaborations to promote music education in schools.

Carnatic - Vocal

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