INDIAN FINE ARTS SOCIETY HONOURS MRUDANGAM VIDWAN K.V. PRASAD
Sethuraman, President, The Indian Fine Arts Society Honoured K.V. Prasad (KVP) by presenting him The Best Senior Mridanga Vidwan “Dr. Umayalapuram K. Sivaraman Award” at the inauguration of 84th South Indian Music Conference & Festival on 17.12.2016 in the August presence of “Padmasri” Dr. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Awardees Sudha Raghunathan, Prof. C.V. Chandrasekar, Y.Gee. Mahendra, Trichur V. Ramachandran. When KVP was about 5 years, he used to play Chenda in his home town’s Ernakulam Sivan Temple the different nadais i.e. variations of the chendameylam which was then keenly noticed by the then temple chenda artist who in turn asked KVP’s father to immediately get him trained in any one of the percussion instruments & thus KVP’s cultural yathra started. KVP had his teenage training from Ernakulam Narayana Iyer & Prof. Parassala Ravi & advanced training from Dr. T.K. Murthy. A top rank Mridangist with Chennai AIR, and a science graduate KVP is a versatile Percussionist who can also play Tabla, Western Drums, Congo Drums, Chenda & Edakka. His deft fingering characteristic of the grand Thanjavur style together with his intricate knowledge of rhythms with his soft & direct attractive tone & lively skills is the secret behind his scintillating performances. He had the unique privilege of accompanying “Bharat Ratna” MS Amma for 15 years, as an accompanist he has performed many Jugal Bandhi concerts along with Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna & Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Dr. N. Rajam & Prof T.N. Krishnan, Pandit Ronu Mujumdhar & Chitraveena N. Ravikiran to name a few. KVP played on the Mridangam, Tabla, Western Drums & Chenda representing India in 1978 World Youth Festival held at Havana, Cuba, India’s Festival in Moscow with MS Amma, in Japan & Bangkok for Percussion ensemble with Zakir Hussain, G. Harishankar & T.H. Vinayakaram & had given performances at Holland, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, US, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia & Gulf countries. KVP has worked as Mridangist with almost all film music directors from Dhakshinamurthy Swamy, M.K. Arjunan, Johnson, S.P. Venkatesh, MSV, Illayaraja, etc for several Tamil, Telugu & Malayalam Feature super hit films like “His Highness Abdullah, Bharatham, Manichithrathazhu, Devasuram, etc & for classical Devotional Cassettes & CD’s”. KVP has acted in “Oru Naal Oru Kanavu” directed by Fazil and its music was scored by Ilayaraja in which “Kaatril Varum Geethame” was a hit song.
KVP was conferred with “Kalaimamani” by TN Govt., “Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy”, “Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar”, “Thanjavur Vaidyanatha Iyer Memorial Award”, “Best Senior Mridangam Artiste Award” Twice by The Music Academy, “Kanchi Kamakoti Peeta Asthana Vidwan” “Vani Kala Sudhakara”, “sangeetha Kala Sagara”, “Mridanga Nada Mani”, “Asthana Vidwan of Datta Peetham Mysore”, “Valayapatti Award of Excellence”, “Sri Shanmukhanandha Bharat Ratna Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi Centenary Special Award” consisting of a Golden Mridangam, One Lakh Cash & a Citation.
KVP has played on his mridangam several times in the Divine presence of Kanchi Paramachariyar while accompanying stalwarts like MS Amma, Lalgudi G Jayaraman, Mandolin U.Srinivas, KanyaKumari, etc. KVP was blessed by Paramachariyar with a “Spatika Mala”. MS Amma had sung several songs during KVP’s Wedding like during Oonjal, after Mangalya Dhaaranam along with Radha. KVP had the greatest opportunity to post mix his Mridangam Play for an album in late 1990’s sung by Semmangudi Srinivas Iyer and MS Amma at an informal gathering in 1964 then without any accompaniments & released it. KVP had been Divinely blessed to play for stalwarts like Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Palghat K.V. Narayanaswamy, D.K. Jayaraman, MS Amma, Voletti Venkateswarulu, Nadunuri Krishnamurthy, T. Brinda Muktha, T. Viswanathan, S. Balachander, Chitti Babu, D.K. Pattamala, ML Vasanthakumari, Dr. K.J. Yesudas etc.
“KVP’s wife Dr. Usha Prasad, Vocal Artist Doctorate in Indian Music – Madras University along with their son Krishna Kishor, a percussionist and their daughter Krupaa Lakshmi a Bharatha Natyam Dancer and a Vocal Artiste has always been supportive with him in his musical journey” concludes KVP proudly.