to late Sri Rama Murthy Pantulu of the Pithapuram Estate
Office and Smt. Vijayalakshmi on 10th October 1927 at
Kothapalli, Pithapuram Taluk, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.
Sri Krishna Murthy bears deep musical heredity through
his mother and maternal uncle.
Krishna Murthy joined the Maharajah's Music College
at Vizianagaram in the year 1940 and received his initial
training in Violin and Vocal from the Late Sri Dwaram
Narasinga Rao Naidu and has started giving Vocal Music
performances since 1945. In 1949 he came under the influence
of great master SANGITA KALANIDHI - PADMABHUSHAN Dr.
Sripada Pinakapani. Under his guidance formed a style
of his own, followed by many. Sri Nedunuri is a 'TOP
RANK' artiste in the A.I.R. and has been performing
in the Madras Music Academy for more than five decades
continuously, since 1951. Nedunuri is well known as
one of the front rank artiste all over India and abroad.
Krishna Murthy worked in the government as Principal
of G.V.R Govt. College of Music & Dance, Vijayawada,
Govt. College of Music & Dance, Secunderabad, M.R.
Govt. College of Music & Dance, Vizianagaram and
also worked on deputation at Sri Venkateswara College
of Music & Dance, Tirupati. Nedunuri retired from
government service in 1985.
Krishna Murthy was the Dean of Faculty of the Fine Arts
and also the Chairman of Board of Studies in Music of
Sri Venkateswara and Nagarjuna Universities. He is a
Member of The Carnatic Music Audition Board of All India
Radio and also a Member of Experts Committee of the
Madras Music Academy.
Krishna Murthy has been appointed as 'Asthana Vidwan'
of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(T.T.D) in recognition
of his valuable services rendered for popularizing the
compositions of the great composer Sri Annamacharya.
T.T.D has released two cassettes of his renderings of
has established a trust by name 'Nadasudha Tarangini'
with the aim of preserving and popularizing the traditional
values of Carnatic Music for posterity. Under the auspices
of 'Nadasudha Tarangini' three volumes of Annamayya
Pada Sourabham consisting of 108 Annamacharya compositions
(set to tune by Nedunuri) with notation have been published.
These Publications were partly funded by T.T.D., Tirupati,
AP, INDIA, Sri Annamacharya Project of North America
(SAPNA), and Sri Venkateswara Swamy Devasthanam of Mysore.
Further, three audio cassettes were also released with
the sponsorship of Smt. Sridevi Rangaraj (Chicago, U.S.A)
and Smt. Jyotsna Potaraju and Sreedhar Potaraju (Potomac,
U.S.A). 'Annamacharya Padartha Prakasika' a treatise
giving the quintessence in Telugu, of the 108 compositions
of Annamayya tuned by Nedunuri was the latest release
by Nada Sudha Tarangini in April 2002.
Nedunuri released a CD in 1995 with the sponsorship
of Sri Garimella Ramarao, USA. He also released one
CD in 2000, rendering the compositions of Annamacharya.
A second CD of Annamacharya's compositions was released
in 2002, with the special financial grant from the Dept.
of Tourism and Culture, Govt. of India.
Notations have been acclaimed as unique universally.
has also presented many compositions of Sri Bhadrachala
Ramadas and Tarangams of Narayana Teertha in the Bhakthi
Ranjani of All India Radio, which became very popular.
Nedunuri recently released two new CDs Bhadrachala Ramadasa
compositions along with Dasaradhi Sathakam poems and
Raga Sudha Rasam consisting of seven prominent ragas
at Sri Venkateswara Temple, Pittsburgh, USA on 19th
Sri Nedunuri visited United States, United Kingdom,
Australia, Canada, and Singapore and enthralled the
audience with his scintillating music. His dedication
to the cause of Annamayya Sankeerthana has acclaimed
Nedunuri is a National Awardee of Central Sanget Natak
Academy, Delhi for the year 1986.
Music Academy of Madras conferred on Sri Nedunuri the
most prestigious title of "SANGITA KALANIDHI' in
Nedunuri was appointed as Asthana Vidwan of Sri Kanchi
Kamakoti Peetham in October 1991.
Nedunuri was appointed as Visiting Professor in the
Music Department of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
from 1990 to 1995.
disciples of Nedunuri:
KALAPRAPURNA Sri D. Chitti Abbayi
2. Smt. Koka Satyavathi
3. Smt. K. Saraswati Vidyarthi
4. Sri G. Balakrishna Prasad
5. Smt. Shobha Raju
6. Malladi Brothers (Sriram Prasad and Ravi Kumar)