K. V. Krishna Prasad
Vidwan K.V. Krishna Prasad is an eminent Carnatic vocalist hailing from
Bangalore although his family finds roots in the sacred town of Shringeri in Karnataka.
Having started his musical journey in his early formative years, today Krishna Prasad
has carved a niche for himself, garnering immense appreciation and praise for his deep
rooted knowledge and rendering of Carnatic vocal music.
His training started at the tender age of 8 under the tutelage of Vidushi
Geetha, Vidushi Swarnalatha and Vidwan M. V. Raghuram; which sowed the seeds of
infinite learning. Currently, he is pursuing professional training under the able
guidance of Ganakalabhushana Vidwan R. K. PADMANABHA.
He is the secretary of ‘Our School’ which facilitates unique learning through
art forms which is a typical academic school.
Proprietor of ‘Sri Vidya Associates’, a construction company.
His remarkable strengthened voice; resonant with deep devotion and tristhayi
sanchara makes him unparalleled in his rendition while appealing to a wide range of
audience and rasikas. Krishna Prasad’s pleasing persona coupled with his supreme voice
control, admirable command over the nuances of vocal music; be it manodharma, raga
alapane or simply the aesthetics of shastriya sangeetha, intonations, voice
modulations and many such characters make him a much sought after musician. His
proficiency in rendering of Raaga Taana Pallavis in special taalas such as ‘ashtottara
shata talas, melakartha talas’ are the ones which add to his credits. Mainly, his
rendition of Taanas of different types such as Shankha, Ghanta, Mayura, Chakra,
Nabhi, Bringa, Markata etc amuses the audience with his vocal capacities. Moreover,
the experience he shares while singing brings out a new colour to the audience
everytime he breathes.
Krishna Prasad heads ‘Sri Vidya Kala Kendra’, a music school for Carnatic vocal music,
teaching over 100 students.
‘Goshti gaayana’ is a concept where he teaches for all age groups and conducts classes
weekly in ‘Our School’ BSK and in ‘Sampatthu’ Kanakpura road.
A special concert presentation ‘Gaana Jnaana Sudha’, where a brief discourse will be
rendered by Sri. K. N. Venkatanarayan about the values of the krithi and about the
Vaggeyakara, the essence and the nuances in the composition, technical aspects of
style and format of the item and the values about Carnatic music before singing each
krithi, is explained.
He has been giving duet performance with renowned artist S. R. Vinay from past
6years in many prestigious sabhas all over India.
‘Musical trips’ to the birth places of vaggeyakaras are organized to enlighten the
cause of music.
A concept called ‘Gaana Chakra’ is conducted where in it is an opportunity for each of
his students to showcase their musical talent every year.
Music based ‘Workshops’ are conducted on a regular basis where there are lecture
demonstrations regarding the glory of Carnatic music through various illustrations.
‘Naada Chiguru’ is a monthly concert organized for the upcoming artists which takes
place either in his house or in Our school.
He is the ‘Youth Wing Convener’ for Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat.
The youngest to hold the post of an official Music Critic for the leading dailies
‘Prajavani' and ‘Deccan Herald’.
Composed music and background score for a famous audio book ‘Sandhya
Raaga’ written by Aa.Na.Kru.
Organized an art and music extravaganza ‘Yuva Kala Prathibotsava’ in 2007 which
provided a platform for 175 young performers in all art forms.
He created a new raaga called ‘Padmanabha Priya’ and composed a new Thillana in the
same raga for a special occasion with due respects to his Guru Sri. R. K. Padmanabha.
An expression on his guru has been published in the famous book ‘Na Kanda
Gurugalu’ published by Karnataka Sahithya Parishath.
Composed more than 100 compositons in Kannada and Sanskrit with ‘Venkata Daasa’ as
ankita which includes krithis, varnas and thillanas.
Took part in many Musical Plays such as;
HONOURS AND AWARDS:
‘Best Performer Award' from Sunaada Cultural Academy – 2013.
‘Shankara Prashasthi’ from Jalahalli Shankar Mutt - 2012.
‘Sangeetha Visharada’ from Kolar Sangeetha Sabha - May 2010.
‘Nadajyothi Puraskara’ from Nadajyoti Sangeetha Sabha and
‘Ananya Yuva Puraskara’ from Ananya Cultural Academy - 2009.
Best Performer, Malleshwaram Sangeeta Sabha and
'Ananya Prathiba Puraskara'- 2006.
Best Performer, Sri Rama Seva Mandali.
'Prathibakankshi Puraskara' – 2003.