is beautiful whenever its depths are enriched and improvised with the precious
droplets of pure music and love."
child prodigy and India's young violin virtuoso with titles like "The Musical
Gem of India", and "The Queen of Indian Violin" hails from a renowned music
family of Kerala.
the grand daughter of the legendary musician Vidwan Sri. Gopala Pillai
who belongd to the Guru-Shishya Parampara of Baluswamy Dikshithar who is
believed to be the pioneer in introducing violin to Indian Classical Music.
Also the MASTER - DISCIPLE TRADITION of Sri. GOPALA PILLAI can be
traced back to the famous Trinity of South Indian Classical Music namely
THYAGARAJA, MUTHUSWAMY DIKSHITHAR and SHYAMASHASTHRI which is very rare
indeed among musicians.
the daughter of musician Sri.Krishna Pillai and Smt.Leela- Kurup.
Her prodigious talent was evident even at the early age of 2, when she
could repeat musical phrases that she heard her father sing. By the tender
age of 3, she could recognize ragas. Initially Athira started her vocal
training from her father and at the age of 8 switched over to violin under
her father's tutelage. Athira gave her first solo concert the very next
year at the young age of 9 (a very rare recognition unmatched by others)
which took the music world by storm and had never since looked back. She
has become one of the most sought after and admired young Indian violin
been greatly inspired and influenced by the old maestro and has reshaped
her nostalgia into novel ideas, reinventing and perosnalising the violin
by its technical and expressional capacities, taking them to new unknown
heights of impeccable improvisation, relying on the tradition like never
ever done before.
Govt. honored her with "NATIONAL BALASHREE HONOUR 2001" (known as Padmasri
for children) for being the "BEST OUTSTANDING CREATIVE CHILD MUSICIAN OF
INDIA", at the tender age of 13. Former First Lady of India H.E.Smt.USHA
NARAYANAN honored her with the title of "THE MUSICAL GEM OF INDIA" after
listening to her concert at the RASHTRAPATHI BHAVAN.
performed extensively, representing India in numerous INTERNATIONAL MUSIC
FESTIVALS held in Russia, Khirgizthan, Germany, Behrain, Singapore,
Muscat, Middle East, Kazakhisthan, Doha, etc. She was invited to give a
concert for the weeklong 74th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS OF HONOURABLE PRESIDENT
OF INDIA H.E. DR.A.P.J.ABDUL KALAM AT THE RASHTRAPATHI BHAVAN, New Delhi.
she was honored by the prestigious "GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS" for
her "32 HR LONG NON-STOP VIOLIN CONCERT" dedicated to GLOBAL PEACE AND
HARMONY and as a musical tribute to her legendary grandfather.
at present under the tutelage of her father - noted musician and veena
player Sri. Krishna Pillai [son of legendary musician Vidwan.Gopala Pillai]
who is also an officer with the BSNL, and acclaimed flautist DR.N.RAMANI.
Chennai - 600004, India
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