PAPANASAM ASHOK RAMANI CONFERRED ” SANGEETHA KALASARATHY ”
Mechanical Engineering Graduate from Anna University Chennai Papanasam Ashok Ramani (PAR) who is an accomplished Carnatic vocal Musician for over 25 years & grandson of Tamil Composer Brahmashri Papanasam Sivan Commenced his music training at a very young age under his Mother Dr. Rukmini Ramani (daughter of Papanasam Sivan). Subsequently he was under the tutelage of Dr. S. Ramanathan, Calcutta K.S. Krishnamurthy & Bombay Ramachandran. A disciple of Palghat K.V. Narayanaswamy for over 17 years PAR is presently having his advanced training from P.S. Narayanaswamy. PAR who is grade ‘A’ Artist of AIR is also an accomplished Mridangam Player who had his training under Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer. PAR has earlier accompanied Senior Vidwans on various platforms. PAR has performed for CDDK, Sun TV, Raj TV, Star Vijay TV, etc. PAR has also performed in all major sabhas all over India and has performed, given lecture demonstrations & conducted workshop in Singapore, Malaysia, Marutius, USA, Canada, Germany, Paris, Switzerland, London, Hong Kong, Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival at Cleveland, Ohio. He has also held competitions on Papanasam Sivan Songs, organized Papanasam Sivan Festival and Papanasam Sivan Day celebrations in Columbus, Ohio, Dortmund, Germany, Toronto, Sanfrancisco, Muscat, etc.
PAR was conferred ISAI Peroli by Karthik Fine Arts, Youth Excellence Award by Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer Trust, Isai Bharathi, Best Vocalist by Indian Fine Arts Society, Best Raga Alapana Award by The Music Academy, Yuva Kala Bharathi by Bharat Kalachar, Best Junior Vocalist Award by The Music Academy.
PAR has composed, edited and released a CD-Rom on Papanasam Sivan. He is the Joint secretary of Papanasam Sivan Rasikar Sangam, Founder Director of Sivan Arts Academy, a music school in Chennai with three branches and students strength of 600 for 13 years. He is the Creator of Tanishq Swarna Sangeetham, a Carnatic Music reality show that was telecasted on Raj TV for 3 years.