Kanchana Shree Lakshminarayana Music Academy trust® is a non-profit trust, dedicated to the propagation and promotion of Indian classical music and has strived selflessly towards this cause for nearly 100 years. We are today a well recognized and reputed trust in Bangalore and have been actively hosting many important music/cultural events in southern parts of India.
Besides the recurring events, our trust has often brought out week long cultural events staging many facets of art such as – dance, drama, canvas painting, sand painting, literature avadhana, yakshagana, kaavya-vaachana etc.
Kanchana SLN Music Academy trust has a history of nearly 100 years and is the oldest organization for music to originate in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.
In the early 1930s, a Veena artist and Leg harmonium player named Smt. Kanchana Anandalakshmi Ammal started a music institute – Sree Lakshminarayana school of music and Arts in Mangalore, Karnataka. The institution brought forth astounding performances and special trainings by the all time legends - Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, G N Balasubramaniam, Chakrakodi Narayana Shastri and such others benefitting hundreds of people. Later in 1940s, the institution functioned in Chennai and was blessed by the guidance, teachings and performances of great luminaries such as Piteelu Chowdaiyyah, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar etc.
The first disciple of this institute – Anandalakshmi Ammal's son – Kanchana Venkatasubramaniam, an incredible vocalist and composer, was led and inspired by his mother's services and then dedicated his life to propagate music in not just cities but mainly in rural villages. Among his many land ownerships, he chose the remotest village called Bajathur in Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka to build a music school facility. During 1950s he transformed the institute into a Gurukul system music school that provided free music lessons, free accommodation, free food, clothing, medicine and basic amenities. Trainings were provided on vocal, violin, flute, mridangam, ghata, nagaswara and veena. During those years, this gurukul housed more than 150 music pupils (from many parts of south India) who were learning, graduating under its excellent curriculum. People of all religions, castes and genders were always treated equally and accepted equally in the institute. Many disciples of this institute are now well known artists and teachers.
Under the guidance of Kanchana Venkatasubramaniam and his son Kanchana Subbarathnam (great violinist, composer, vocalist, polymath and teacher) the institute not only spread classical music, but also worked strenuously towards betterment of music rendition in local folk arts such as Yakshagana Bhagavathike, Taala Maddale etc. Separate music training was given to Yakshagana singers and well-known Yakshagana artists such as Damodara Mandechcha.This marked the onset of a new classical era itself in Yakshagana Bhagavathike. The institution was ever active with monthly stage practice concerts for students, annual day celebrations of many prominent Carnatic music composers (Thyagaraja, Dikshitar, Shyama shastri, Purandara dasa etc.) and several frequent music projects involving great music legends.
The trust founders also opened free general education primary and high schools for the benefit of gurukul pupils and surrounding villagers.
In 1954, the institution was registered and recognized by the government. The institution's growth and its founders' relentless efforts towards holistic development brought electricity, telephone, post office, government bus transportation and tar road etc to the then forest like remote village - Bajathur. The village soon got identified with the name 'Kanchana' and was appreciated by legends like Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, Violin T Chowdiah, Prof P. Sambamoorthi and such others as "Thiruvayyur of Karnataka".
Kanchana Shree Lakshminarayana Music Academy trust® is a non-profit trust dedicated for the propagation and promotion of Indian classical music. The trust has worked selflessly towards this cause for nearly 100 years.
In the early 1930s, a Veena artist and Leg harmonium player named Smt. Kanchana Anandalakshmi Ammal started Sree Lakshminarayana school of music and Arts in Dakshina Kannada. The institution was primarily set up to bring performances and training for the benefit of the local audience by the legends such as Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, G N Balasubramaniam, Chakrakodi Narayana Shastri and such others.
The first disciple of this institute – Anandalakshmi Ammal's son – Sangeeta Ratna Kanchana Venkatasubramaniam, an incredible vocalist and composer - inspired by his mother's services transformed the institute during the 1950s into a “gurukula system” music school that provided free music lessons, free accommodation, free food, clothing, medicine and basic amenities. During those years, this gurukula housed more than 150 pupils from many parts of Dakshina Karnataka.
Under the guidance of Kanchana Venkatasubramaniam and his son Karnataka Kalasri Kanchana Subbarathnam (well known violinist, composer, vocalist and teacher) the institution gained prominence with regular monthly stage practice concerts for students, thematic concerts based on prominent carnatic music composers such as Thayagaraja, Dikshitar, Shyamashastri, Purandara dasa etc. In 1954, Sree Kanchana Lakshminarayana Music Academy Trust was registered and recognized by the government.
The institution today is lead by Smt Rohini Subbarathnam (w/o Shri Kanchana Subbarathnam), Kanchana sisters - Smt Shriranjani and Smt Shruthiranjani and Shri K U Jayachandra Rao. Keeping up years of tradition and relentless service to the students of music, the institution is committed to impart rigorous training in carnatic and hindustani music in the Vocal, Mrudangam, Violin, Konnakol and Tabala streams. With the advent of technology, the institution is now dedicated towards extending the tradition of imparting classical music training using the online platform, at the same time preserving the rigour of learning. The trust introduces KANCHANA-GURUKULAM ONLINE, a platform to register, learn and share learning experiences online.
Kanchana-Gurukulam Online platform is designed in a manner to maintain the rigour of learning classical music despite the disadvantages that distance learning brings in. This is achieved by bringing in personalised attention by way of tailoring classes based on the student's capability and aspirations, providing opportunities to collaborate with fellow students, sharing experiences of other online students and monitoring the individual's progress on a regular basis. This is also augmented by face-face sessions designed around the limitations of distances using different workable approaches.
The personalised course content based on each student's level of learning and goals will be designed by Shri K U Jayachandra Rao for Mrudangam, Konnakol, Tabala and by the Kanchana sisters for Vocal, Violin.
Post - Bajathur, Puttur - Taluk, Dakshina Kannada, Zipcode - 574241
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G 5, Krishna glade apartment, 105/1, 1st main shedhardripuram Bangalore - 560020
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