Musician, Composer, Singer, Songwriter
Vidushi Smt. Soudamini Venkatesh is an accomplished Hindustani Classical Vocalist blessed with a sonorous and mellifluous voice. She is an All India Radio artist and has two audio cassettes and cd’s to her credit. She has performed on many prestigious platforms in India and she has extensively toured the USA and Canada. She has conducted lecture-demonstrations that have been very well received.
Born in Jodhpur Rajasthan, her talent was recognized at the tender age of 4. She was encouraged by her father Dr. Murthy a Carnatic Classical Violinist and Flutist and her mother a Carnatic Classical Vocalist, who initiated her into the world of Carnatic Classical music. Her fondness for Hindustani Classical style grew with age and she received her initial training with guru Shri. Suresh Bidwalkar in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. She even bagged the much coveted National Scholarship from the Government of India for excelling in the creative arts. Soudamini received a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Literature from Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Jaipur, Rajasthan, where her mentor late Shri Ramesh Nadkarni infused in her a confidence and sense of achievement in all art forms.
Settling down in Bangalore she continued to pursue her passion under the able tutelage of SurMani Pt. Vinayak Torvi a very popular disciple of late Pt Bhimsen Joshi. Soudamini was trained in the Gwalior Gharana by Pt. Torvi and she has achieved new heights under his able guidance. Soudamini has had the privilege to learn from late Pt. Bhimsen Joshi who fondly called her “Sangeet Sarathi”. She has also learnt from Pt. Yashwant Bua Joshi an accomplished vocalist himself.
Soudamini imparts training to many students at her residence in Bangalore. She heads an organization called “Aarohi” which provides a platform for up and coming artists from all over the country as well as established performers in an effort to promote music and encourage youngsters in the arts. She has been involved in developing many educational programs like “Interpreting Raag Maala paintings”. As a trained Bhartnatyam and Kathak dancer, she has choreographed dance and music recitals.