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Vidya Subramanian's Musical Journey

Excerpts from press clippings and interviews

Champion of Chennai 2022 Award for Education

KSA Trust, Aug 17 2022

Art and Entrepreneurship

The Hindu, Friday Review, Apr 22 2022

Meet Tamil Nadu's Vidya Subramanian Who Is Empowering Women With Her Online Music Academy

Akanksha Saxena, The Logical Indian, April 12, 2022

Called 'Vidya Subramanian Academy', it is run by a renowned singer named Vidya Subramanian in Chennai who uses the online platform to teach people Carnatic music and other traditional Indian arts and empower several women around India..

Apart from the online method, the Vidya Subramanian Academy stands out for an interesting reason. Over the years, she has created a team of teachers that consists of women who have learnt either Carnatic or Hindustani music. While they had the talent, they did not get an appropriate platform for them to showcase it. In a country as populous as India, very few people make it to the top when it comes to performing arts.

As a result, the academy became a source of income for several women. They got an identity and a platform where they could share their knowledge with the world. Earning a sizeable salary, the women earned respect from the community they belonged. Subramanian further continues her conversation, "Now that they were able to earn a decent income from the teaching opportunity, the way the community and the family treated them with respect."

Along with imparting knowledge, Vidya Subramanian used Carnatic Music for a noble cause by empowering women around the country. It was for this reason that she was recently awarded the NITI Aayog's 'Women Transforming India' Award. She was one of the three women from Tamil Nadu who are breaking barriers and making a difference.

13th ICAI Awards - Chartered Accountants as Business Leaders

Economic Times, Feb 14 2020

Chennaiites find takers across the globe for Skype lessons on slokas

DT Next, Jan 17, 2019

A six-year-old in a tier-2 city in India and a 30-year-old in Africa share a Chennai connection. They are both taught Tamil and Sanskrit by city singer Vidya Subramanian via Skype.

Be it Vishnu Sahasranamam or Divyaprabandhams, to the more secular verses like Thirukkural to Aathichoodi, technology and the module-based programme has something to offer everyone. Vidya says, “We have those who sign up intrigued by the values and morals they teach to those who want to be able to recite them proficiently.”

The learning experience is highly customised and owing to the significance of meaning and the need to get into the depths of the knowledge the verses offer. In this initiative, Vidya is helped by a faculty of teachers who have a deep understanding of the slokas. Says Vidya, “While for children as young as six-years, the meaning may not be of significance, there are foreigners who have opted for these classes after a brief exposure to Hindu traditions or a visit to a Hindu temple.”

A Fun Interview on Big FM 92.7 Tamil radio

Chennai, Nov 8, 2018

Perfecting the pitch online

Lakshmi Anand, Times of India, March 26, 2019

Checks and Balances between Carnatic and Kalaimamani

Roshne Balasubramanian, The New Indian Express, Mar 13, 2019

Music Beyond Boundaries

Akila Kannadasan, The Hindu - Metroplus, March 5, 2019

Musical Empowerment - T Nagar woman bags "Homepreneur" award

G. Srinivasan, T Nagar Talk, Sep 2, 2018

Students from All Over the World

Kalki Magazine, Dec 2012

Singing Interspersed with Explanations

Dinamani, Apr 2012

More Reviews and Interviews

'She Sings Multiple Tunes", N Sahana Arooran, News Today, Dec 12, 2013

"Melodious and Informative Concert", Star of Mysore, Nov 2012

"Pure Classical Music by Vidya Subramanian", Malayala Manorama, Nov 2012

"Rendered with bhakti", The Hindu, Aug 2012

"Paying heed to the rhythm", Deccan Herald, May 2012

"Tales of Raag, Bhav and Kriti", V. Harshita, CNN-IBN, Tue, May 22, 2012

"Poised with elegance", V. Nagaraj, The Hindu, Aug 2011

"Distant Melodies", Abimanyu Nagarajan, The Telegraph, Nov 2011

"Music Concert in Powai", Bhanu Kumar, Times of India, Oct 2011

"Open throated articulation", The Hindu, Jul 2010

"Carnatic music - an Eastern Classic", Phil Drew, The Troy Record, Jan 2010

"The Art of Sharing - Grants enable two Saratoga County musicians to showcase traditions", Tom Keyser, Albany Times Union, Jan 2010

"Ancient Voice", Sam Braden, Albany Times Union, Apr 2009

"Indian Concert offers insight into culture", Glenn Griffith, Saratoga Community News, Apr 2009

"Neatly Formatted", The Hindu, May 2007

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