Kalyani Lakshminarayana [Veena player]
Smt Kalyani Lakshminarayana hails from the family of noted Vainikas from Andhra Pradesh in India. She has learnt the intricate techniques of playing Veena from her illustrious father Maha Mahopadhyaya and Padmashri (Late) Sri. Emani Shankara Sastry.
An ‘A’ Grade artiste of All India Radio, Smt Kalyani is a regular broadcaster of AIR and Doordarshan Kendras. She has been featured in the National Programme of Music, Radio Sangeet Sammelan festivals of AIR & Doordarshan - Delhi and Chennai Kendras.
Smt Kalyani’s Raga rendering is admired by music lovers, critics and connoisseurs of Carnatic Music as the most pleasing and melody based one. She is noted for playing Swara Prastharas with clarity, facility and precision.
Concerts in India
- Shanmukhananda Sabha – Mumbai Maharana Kumbh Festival – Udaipur
- Dussera Celebrations – Mysore Rama Seva Mandali – Bangalore
- Rasika Ranjana Sabha – Kolkata International Music Club – Delhi
- Baiju Bawra Festival – Delhi Brahmotsava Celebrations – Tirumala
- Delhi Sahitya Kala Parishad - New Delhi Spicmacay - New Delhi
- Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Saraswati Gana Sabha – Chennai
Besides these, she has performed at many major local sabhas at Hyderabad, Udipi, Chickmagalur, Hassan, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Kakinada, Vishakapatnam, Warangal, Guntur, Lucknow, Jaipur, Brindavan for Ganesh, Navaratri Festivals, Saint Thyagaraja Aaraadhana Festivals, Sri Rama Navami celebrations etc.
Smt Kalyani has been extensively touring USA, Canada and Russia. Her concerts are well attended by international audience in many cities: New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Connecticut, Arizona, New Jersey, Austin, Toronto, Ottawa, Moscow, Samarkhand, Bokaro etc. She has recently toured UK extensively and performed at Brent Town Hall, London, Yorkshire, Lincoln, Birmingham, Cardiff, Milton Keynes etc.
Smt Kalyani visited the then USSR (in 1978) as Member Delegate and her concerts, in the presence of World Musicians of the stature of Yehudi Menuhin, won her International acclaim.
Smt Kalyani has been an examiner for Graduate and Post Graduate courses in Delhi University, Rabindra Bharati, Kolkata and Telugu University, Hyderabad.
“Smt Kalyani shines in Emani style”,“Then Emani, now Kalyani”
“The recital which revealed Kalyani in her best form was marked by elegance, exhuberance and poetic sensitivity.”
“Smt Kalyani’s Artistry was most evident in Simhendra Madhyamam. She delved deep into Raga illumined fully projecting its Majestic Grandeur”
“Trademark rendition of Emani style by Smt Kalyani”
“Soul filling Music. Smt Kalyani gave radiant delineation of HINDOLAM. Mantra pushpam brought the concert to spiritually satisfying conclusion.
Kharaharapriya was classy and it was well designed and well executed. The kutcheri fully brought out Kalyani’s mastery over the Instrument and its gamut and provided a spiritually satisfying aesthetic experience to the listeners.”
Smt Kalyani Lakshminarayana
4 D – 6, Jaagruthi Residency,
Street #10, East Marredpally,
Secunderabad – 500 026