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Biography: R.K.Venkatarama Sastry

Born in 1907 in the village of Rudrapattana,Karnataka,Rudrapattana Krishnasasry Venkatarama Sastry studied violin with Shri R.Venkata Rao,Shri R.K.Krishna Sastry, Shri B. Subbanna, and the noted vidwan Shri T. Chowdiah. He also learned Carnatic vocal music.

Shri R.K.Venkatarama Sastry has had a long career as a violinist and has accompanied many eminent Carnatic vocalists: Shri Tiger Varadachariar, Shri Ariyakkudi Ramanju Iyengar, Shri Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer, Shri Musisri Subramania Iyer, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Shrimati M.S. Subbulakshmi, etc. He also accompanied his mentor Shri T. Chowdiah in the latter's solo recitals. Shri Venkatarama Sastry was a violinist on the staff of  Akashvani for 32 years. Among other honours, he received the title of Kalaimamani from the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram in 1970.

Source: Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan Souvenir, All India Radio, 1992


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