Sugandha Kalamegham

Known for her extraordinary musical acumen, classical purity, and virtuosity combined with aesthetics, Smt. Sugandha Kalamegham has been a much sought after performer in Carnatic music for over a decade. She began her training at the age of 13, under Shri Kadayam Krishnamurthy and Shri Gopala Iyer, and rose rapidly to win first prize in the national All India Radio competition in 1972. In 1974, when she was invited to perform at the Music Academy, her singing was unanimously acclaimed, and she has never looked back since.

Smt. Kalamegham continued to learn from the erudite gurus Vidwan Sri Sandhyavandhanam Srinivasa Rao and Sangeetha Kalanidhi TK Govinda Rao (of the Musiri Subramania Iyer bani) and the veena maestro Trivandrum Venkataraman. She has also formally learned Hindustani classical at

the world renowned Gandharva Maha Vidhyalaya in New Delhi.

Smt. Kalamegham's singing is clearly acknowledged by both musicians and music lovers for its classicism and its adherence to the Carnatic tradition. Her voice is marked by its depth and she is known for her

strict sruti alignment. With her methodical planning before every single concert, she always strikes the right balance between technical perfection and melodic beauty.

Smt. Kalamegham is an A-grade artiste at All India Radio and has performed extensively on the National Program of Music in AIR and Doordarshan, and she has also been featured numerous times on other

television channels. She was a member of the Cultural Committee of the 12th Planning Commission, Government of India (2001-02), and she has been recently appointed to the Senate of the Music Department of Annamalai University in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. She has recorded for

HMV and INRECO, among other labels.