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Mr. Akkarai Swamynathan

Veteran Violin Vidhwan

AKKARAI Mr. S. Swamynathan is Head, Senior Faculty in SAMAS ACADEMY. He is the son and disciple of Suchindram Shri S P Sivasubramaniam, a multifaceted Carnatic vocalist and violinist, as well as composer and teacher. His mother, Smt R Sornambal was a music teacher and exponent in Harikatha (musical discourses relating stories from India’s scriptures).

Swamynathan felicitated by the President of India R Venkatraman at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Blessed with such parents who lived and breathed music, Swamynathan began his violin training under his father at a young age, and by his teens, he was accompanying several artistes and performing with his parents at their Harikatha concerts.

He established a music school named ‘Swara Raga Sudha’ and imparted musical training to numerous students. He continued to teach students, and also began to train his daughters, Subhalakshmi and Sornalatha, devoting innumerable hours to disciplining their practice, shaping their style, and inculcating values in them. Despite the fact that Carnatic music concerts and opportunities were few and far between in Delhi, Swamynathan provided them with a rich musical environment at home and devised unique practice methods to build their accompanying skills. His steadfast commitment, dedication, and perseverance enabled Subhalakshmi and Sornalatha to become the globally renowned musicians they are today.

He has toured to Andaman with legendary ghatam artiste Shri T H ‘Vikku’ Vinayakaram, as well as Poland and Russia with eminent Bharatanatyam dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy. He has also played numerous duets with his father Shri S P Sivasubramaniam, and duets and trios with his daughters Subhalakshmi and Sornalatha. Amongst many awards and honours, Swamynathan was felicitated by the President of India Shri R Venkataraman following a performance at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and was awarded the Roll of Honour by Sadguru Gnananda Sangeet Sammelan and Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, in 2016 and Acharya Rathnakara at the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana in 2018.

His unique teaching method reached globally and students are interested in learning violin in a traditional way to become stars of Carnatic World. He is an Asset to SAMAS MEDIA ACADEMY to have as or Head, Senior Faculty for Violin Division.