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Sudha Raghunathan is one of the most popular women vocalists of today. Having learnt from the renowned vocalist, Dr. M L Vasantakumari, and provided vocal support for her in several concerts, Sudha's own career really took off in the late 80s and early 90s. Her climb has been sure and steady, and today, she stands on top.

Her bag of awards and accolades are overflowing, yet year after year, she has more to add! This year it was the turn of Nungambakkam Cultural Academy to honour her with the title of Sangeeta Kala Siromani. Carnatica congratulates her on the award and finds out a few of her favorite things ...

When Sudha Raghunathan sings, the emphasis is on the sahitya bhava or the expression of the literary content. And on the second day of the Soorya Dance and Music Festival in Thiruvananthapuram, this recipient of the Padmashri award and disciple of M.L.Vasanthakumari, presented listeners with an enchanting experience.

Sudha Raghunathan, the leading female vocalist of South India, was initially trained by her mother Smt. Choodamani since the age of nine. She continued training under Sri. B.V. Lakshmanan. She then had the good fortune to be trained by the late Dr. M.L. Vasanthakumari. Even as a student, Smt. Smt. Sudha Raghunathan received the Central Government Scholarship for Young Artistes for advanced training in Carnatic Music.

Smt. Sudha has represented the Carnatic discipline of music at several International Festivals conducted at various venues. She had the coveted honour of performing to a full house at the Theatre de La Ville, Paris on January 19, 2000. She has the exceptional honour of being the only Indian to perform at the International Festival ECHTERNACH at Luxembourg on June 3, 1995. She also performed at the Alice Tully Hall, New York on September 18, 1998.