Papanasam S. Sethuraman – Ganjira
Papanasam S. Sethuraman is a well-known Ganjira Artiste who has been performing concerts for more than 30 years.
Born in the year 1969 to Sangeetha Vidwan Sri P. Subramanian at Papanasam, Tamilnadu, Sethuraman showed keen interest for percussion music from a very young age and started learning Thavil initially. It was at the instance of renowned Ganjira Maestro Kalaimamani Mayavaram G. Somasundaram, he started playing Ganjira. Sethuraman has trained under his guru for nearly 30 years.
Sethuraman is an A Grade Artiste of the All India Radio, Chennai.
Papanasam Sethuraman has accompanied stalwarts like Dr Madurai Somu, Sri Nedanuri Krishnamurthy, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, Sri A.K.C. Natarajan, Sri T. N. Seshagopalan, Dr N. Ramani among others. He has performed in several Audio albums and is presently leading an Instrumental Music Ensemble ‘Sri Guru Vadhya Sangamam’ with the blessings of his Guru.
He has won many awards and titles such as
Yuvakala Bharathi title awarded by the Bharath Kalachar, Chennai, in 1999.
Asthana Vidwan bestowed by Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Kancheepuram in 2006.
Kalai Nirai Mamani awarded by the Tamilnadu Govt. Music College, Chennai in 2007.
Madura Murali Puraskar received from Padma Vibushan Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna during his 82nd Birthday Celebrations by the Vipanchee Trust in 2012.
Pudukkottai Dakshinamurthy Pillai Memorial Award (instituted by Gurupriya Laya Vidyalaya, Trichy) from Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai in 2015.
Best Concert award from Music Academy, Chennai in 2016.
Sethuraman has performed widely in United States of America, Russia, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Srilanka, Mauritius and Reunion. He also had the opportunity to perform with world renowned Guitarist John Mclaughlin and renowned drummer Drillo Kruth at the Reunion in the year 1992.
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