B. Ananthakrishnan – Violin
B. Ananthakrishnan hails from a reputed musician family. He is the grandson of renowned Violin Vidwan, Late V.K. Venkata Ramanujam Iyengar (Professor – Performing Arts, Banaras Hindu University), and son of equally reputed violinist Dr V. Balaji, Head of the Department, Faculty of Performing Arts, Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi). Ananthakrishnan continues his training today under the guidance of the well-known Violin Vidwan Sri S. Varadarajan.
He has had the honor of accompanying many legends of Carnatic music and continues to share the stage with all senior artists today. Ananthakrishnan has received great appreciation from reputed critics in major newspapers and magazine publications across India and abroad.
He has performed alongside his grandfather the late Vidwan V.K. Venkata Ramanujam at the young age of seven in Delhi Doordarshan, 1993. He has performed in every major sabha all over India, including The Music Academy Madras, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Bharat Kalachar, and Shanmukhananda Sabha (Mumbai), just to name a few. He has done concert tours in several countries around the world including Germany, Belgium, USA, Singapore, Dubai, Doha, South Africa, and Australia. He is a “B-High” grade artist from All India Radio, Chennai.
Ananthakrishnan has won many Awards and accolades such as:
The title “Mazhalai Medaai” in a national competition conducted by the famous Tamil weekly magazine, “Anandha Vikatan” and a gold medal and citation of Rs.15,000, at the age of seven.
Villisai Virpanar Award – Kumbakonam Vani Villas Sabha, 2007 – 2008.
Yuva Kala Bharathi – Bharath Kalachar, Chennai, 2008.
Youth Excellence Award- Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust, Chennai, 2009.
Best Concert Award – The Music Academy Madras, 2010.
Best Sub-Senior Violinist Award – The Music Academy Madras, 2011 – 2016.