About Nedunuri

Born 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.

Sri 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.

Sri 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.

Sri 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.

Sri 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 Annamacharya's compositions.

Nedunuri 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.

Sri 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.

Nedunuri's Notations have been acclaimed as unique universally.

He 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.

Sri 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 July 2003.

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 global attention.

Sri Nedunuri is a National Awardee of Central Sanget Natak Academy, Delhi for the year 1986.

The Music Academy of Madras conferred on Sri Nedunuri the most prestigious title of "SANGITA KALANIDHI' in December 1991.

Sri Nedunuri was appointed as Asthana Vidwan of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham in October 1991.

Sri Nedunuri was appointed as Visiting Professor in the Music Department of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam from 1990 to 1995.

Prominent disciples of Nedunuri:

1. 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)

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