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  Of the anklet divine (0f the Lord) is all sound issued,
Of the rhythm beat of His sacred feet;
Contained therein is all Music;
And refuge blissful He is of all.




P.R. Venkatasubramanian is the disciple of the eminent Harikatha exponent late Needamangalam Sri Krishnamoorthy Bhagavathar. He has revolutionised Keyboard playing by bringing it into the field of classical music. Starting his career as a Harmonist, he performed as an accompanying artiste to his guru Needaamangalam Sri. Krishnamoorthy Bhaagavathar, from whom he learnt the finer intricacies of music and proved his mettle as a good soloist playing solo classical recitals on Keyboard. His performances under the auspices of Bharat Cultural Integration Committee at Music Academy, Chennai and at Bobbili won him high appreciation and proved that classical music can be well played on Keyboard chasing away the blues in the people’s mind that keyboard is the best fit for western and light music concerts.
P.R. Venkatasubramanian

From a simple Harmonist to a prominent Keyboard artiste with proven skills, today, he has carved a niche for himself. He is not only a good soloist but also a specialist in accompanying for Bharathanatyam recitals. He is a permanent accompanying artiste for Stalwarts like Smt. Kanchana Janardhanan, Kalaimamani Natyacharya Udupi Sri Laxminarayan, Kalaimamani Vazhuvoor R. Samraj, Dr Ambika Kameshwar, Anitha Guha, Smt. Krishnakumari Narendran and so on. Till date he has accompanied on Keyboard for more than 750 dance recitals.

He is a lyricist and a music composer too. His compositions include more than 300 traditional numbers for Bharathanatyam, 100 dance ballets as ‘Ganesha Charitram’, ‘Thiruppugazh Ramayanam’, ‘Vanavillin 7 Varnangal’( ‘The 7 colours of rainbow’ based on ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’), ‘Navarasam’ 'Tathaastu', Mahadevam Mahasenam Bhaje', 'Ayyan Iyyappan', Poorna Chandrika', 'Sarvam Shakthimayam', 'Sadaa Venkatesam Smaraami Smaraami' and so on. He is also an accompanying artiste for Hari Katha, Vaadhya Virnda, Folk Music, Devotional Music, Light Music and Bhajan concerts.

Konnakkol is now a days a very rare field. This is a special kind of art of rendering the rhythmic syllables of mridangam and other Indian rhythm instruments.  He learnt this rare and special art form from his guru Needaamangalam Shri. Krishnamurthy Bhaagawathar, which he often uses for composing the dance numbers and jathis.

In the year 2000 he was invited as guest for the Programme ‘Vaazhndhu Kaattuvom’ produced by All India Radio, Chennai. It was a live phone-in show and he was interviewed for 55 minutes in appreciation of his outstanding achievement in propagating Keyboard in the field of Indian Classical music and dance. An article was published in the New Indian Express during 2001. An article was also published in the Tamil weekly ‘Kumudam’ (Issue dated November 1, 2002 under the heading ‘Kudattil Itta Vilakku’).

 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS AS KEYBOARD ARTISTE
IN THE FIELD OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Solo concerts

 

  1. Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Tanjore
  2. Spirit of unity concerts at chennai organised by Madras Telugu Academy
  3. Bhaktha Hanuman Temple, Mylapore, Chennai ( every year Since 1995 )
  4. 104th Jayanthi of Jagatguru His Holiness Sri Sri
  5. Chandrashekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal
  6. Padi Vizha at Thirumala Thirupathi
 

Jugal Bandhi

With Nadhaswaram

  1. At Kulittalai
  2. Spirit of unity concert at Bobbili
    organised by Bharat Cultural Integration committee
 

Accompanying Artiste

Hari Katha

  1. For Guru Needaamangalam Shri . Krishnamurthy Bhaagawathar
  2. Bharathakala Vani Smt. Revathy Sankkaran (Regular)
 

 

Vaadhya Vrindha

  1. Veteran Ghatam Vidwan Shri. Vikku Vinayakaram and his able brother Konnakkol exponent Shri. Subash Chandran.(Regular)
  2. Satha Vaadhya Sammelanam of violin maestro Ms. A. Kanyakumari.
  3. By the thavil maestro Haridwaara-mangalam Shri. A.K. Palanivel
 

 

Folk Music

For Shri A. Subramanian ( Producer, Folk music, All India Radio, Trichy

 

 

Devotional Music

 

  1. Smt. Kunnakkudi Bala (Regular)
  2. Extensive tour to Sri Lanka
  3. For Kalaimamani Shri Pittukkuli Murugadas
 

 

Light Music

Playing since 1974, participated in more than 1500 concerts

 

 

 

Bhajans
  1. Accompanied on harmonium for all doyens in the field of traditional bhajan sampradaya from Pudhukottai Brahmasri Gopalakrishna Bhaagawathar to Udayalur  Kalyanarama Bhaagawathar
  2. For Smt. Sowmya Madanagopal
  3. Sri. O.S. Arun (Hindustani Bhajans)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIELD OF CLASSICAL DANCES

AS ACCOMPANYING ARTISTE

 

Bharathanatyam

Permanent Solo lead accompanying artiste and composer in

  1. Smt. Kanchana Janardhanan's Mayura School of Classical Dances
    Regular accompanying artiste for renowned Natyacharyas as
  2. Kalaimamani Udupi Shri. Laxminarayan
  3. Smt.Madhumathi Prakash
  4. Smt Anitha Guha
  5. Kalaimamani Smt. Krishnakumari Narendran
  6. Kalaimamani Smt. Parvathi Ravi Ghantashala  
  7. Kalaimamani Smt. Chandra Dandayudhapani
  8. Kalaimamani Smt. Soorya Santhanam
  9. Kalaimamani Dr. Ambika Kameshwar
  10. Smt Shantha Madhu
 

Kathak

Regular accompanying artiste for dancers like

  1. Smt. Lakshmi Kannan, Chennai
  2. Smt. Chetna Beohar, Bhilai

AS MUSIC COMPOSER

Cassettes released

  1. Jathigalin Sangamam
  2. Mahishasura Mardhini
  3. Bharathi Paamaalai
  4. Ashtalakshmi
  5. Malai Arase Iyyapa
  6. Vishnulahari
 

Dramas

  1. Vandenda Kudumikaaran
  2. Bhave Kaladhite
 

Dance Ballets

  1. Bhaktha Meera
  2. Ayyappan
  3. Meenakshi Kalyanam
  4. Kuttraala Kuravanchi
  5. Thiruppugazh Ramayanam
  6. Arputha Ramanujar
  7. Navarasa Naayaki
  8. Krishna leela
  9. Matha Pitha Guru Deivam
  10. chitrangatha
  11. Tirupavai

                          AS LYRICIST CUM MUSIC COMPOSER

Dance Ballets

1. Ganesha charithram
2. Ambal navarasam
3. Iyyan Iyyappan
4. Dhasaavathaaram
5. Colours of Rainbow
6. Paadalivanam
8. Aadhi antha prabho
9. Om Namashivaaya
10. Thathastu
11. Iyyappan pugazh
12. Sarvam sakthi mayam Jagath
13. Ashtalakshmi
14. Mahadevam mahasenam bhaje
15. Saptha swaram
16. Poorna chadrikaa
17. sadhaa venkatesam smaraami smaraami
18. Saptha guru
19. Ramyam hitham naatyam
20. Natrunaiyaavadhu Namashivaayave
21. Thirupugazh Raamayanam
22. Guruvarule Thiruvarul
23. Amirtha madhanam
24. Saravanabhava
25. Narakaasuran
26. Mushika vaahana
27. Arupadai veedu
28. Nadhigalin Sangamam
29. Saravana maalai
30. Aandaal
31. moonrum moondrum moondru
32. Madhurai veeran
33. Murugan navarasam
34. Jansi Rani
35. Chathur yugam
36. Ashta naagam
37. Karunai kadal Gangadharan
38. Sakunthalai
39. Panchali thirumanam
40. Pancha murthy
41. Pancha bhotham
42. Saptha vidangasthalangal
43. Krishna Krishna
44. Krishna guruvaayurappaa
45. Mahishasura mardhini
46. Dhurga Lakshmi saraswathi
47. Marangal (forest)
48. Muvar potrum muvar
49. Naaradhar
50. Kaikeyi
51. Vadivudai thiruvudai kodiyidai amman
52. Meenakshi Kalyanam
53. kandhan pugazh maalai
54. Soodikkodutha sudar kodi
55. Pancha bhootham
56. Krishna leelaa
57. Bharathi kanda kannan
58. Vayalveli
59. Kaalaththai vendravargal
60. Vallalgal
61. Maa
62. Arupadai aarumugan
63. Mazhalai
64. Annamaiyaa
65. Chathurvidha naatyam
65. Krishnammal Jagannaathan
66. Raamaayanam
67. Seethaa nava rasam
68. Iyyappan Navarasam
69. Kandhan Navarasam
70. Valli kalyanam
71. Kalyaname vaibhogame
72. Navarathri Naayaki
73. Awvaiyar
74. Kaaraikaal ammaiyar
75. Thirukural kadhaigal
76. Matha pitha guru deivam
77. Saptha thandavam
78. Shiva thandavam
79. Swara ranjani
80. Venkatesa navarasam
81. Muruga muruga
82. Mahalakshmi
83. Sathguru navarasam
84. Hanuman kathai
85. Thri sakthi
86. Nataraja kuravanji
87. Pancha sabai
88. Raamaanujar
89. Aadal vallaan arpudhangal
90. Swara raga sudha
91. Seetha kalyanam
92. Rukmini Kalyanam
93. Sri Rama pattaabhishekam
94. Paadhugaa pattaabhishekam
95. Iyyappan navarasam
96. pancha thandhiram
97. Pannirumaadhangal
98. chithraangadha
99. Paavai nonbhu
100.Thiruvarut chelvar
101.Annaiyum pithavum munneri deivam
102.madhura nadha mathuraa naathan
103.Maadu meikkum kannan
104.Siruthondan
105.Sundharar
106.Maargazhi nonbhu
107.Bhaktha meera
108.108 divya desam
109.Sundhara kandam
110.Panniru thirumurai
112.Angkor Wat
113.pandhala rajakumaran
114.Vandhe maatharam
115.Guruve thunai
116.bhaktha meeraa
117.Puranaanooru
118.Rama Krishna
119.sakala kalaa valli (meenaakshi)
120.Maalavikaa
121.Navakol
122.kumaara sambhavam
123.Bhaaratha desam
124.kannanai kavarndha maadhargal
125.sollin selvan hanuman
126.vana virata vijayam
127.karnan
128.Krishnan thoodhu
129.Hey kaali
130.Dhuruvan
131.Prahlaadhan
132.Nachukethan
133.Markkandeyan
134.Bala Hanuman
135. Hari Hara sudhan
136. Parvathi Kalyanam
137.Sowanthika pushpam (beeman garva bhangam)
138.Skandha leelaa
139.yoga sakthi

 

Traditional Renderings for Bharathanatyam

Invocations   60

Jathiswaram    15
Shabdham        25
Varnam            30
Padam              300
Thillana            50

               ACCORDING TO THE PRESS

  1. “Aadyantha Prabhu – Manifestations of Godhead who stand for totality (Poornam) – Ganesha and Entirety (Sampoornam) also meaning that which is endless – Aanjaneya” – this was the concept chosen for presentation. Based on selected, well-known episodes from the epics and other stories centering around these two deities, a Tamil lyrical format for the ballet has been composed and set to music by P.R. Venkatasubramanian, a disciple of Needamangalam Krishnamurthi Bhagavathar. The lively lyrics enabled the dancers to bring forth with devotion, the chosen theme. - The Hindu

  2. Dance Ballet “Vanavillin 7 Varnangal” based on “Pied Piper of Hamelin” was presented at the Russian Cultural Centre. The Ballet comprised of all kinds of music and dance styles symbolising unity and national integration. The lyrics and music were really a proof of professionalism and were apt to the situations. The Ballet was written and set to tunes by shri P.R. Venkata Subramanian - Evening Madras
  3. The ‘Murugan Talattu’ of Shri P.R. Venkatasubramanian kept the audience alert and awake.   - Natya

  4. Commenced the recital with the Pushpanjali followed by ‘Parvathy Sutane’ in Ragam Shanmugha Priya. Both the items were crisp and scintillating and were the compositions of the contemporary composer and keyboard artiste P.R. Venkatasubramanian. - The Artiste

  5. Moulded by the expert Guru Smt. Kanchana Janardhanan in the Vazhuvoor Tradition, these budding talents presented the compositions of their school’s Aasthaana Vidwan or the permanent scholar and composer Shri P.R.Venkatasubramanian. All the items were challenging in terms of composition. - The Artiste  

  6. Dancers from Bharathanjali presented ‘Tathaastu’. In this the swaram for Sani had the notes Si and Ni which rightly insisted on the importance of the character Sani. Lyricist and Music Composer P.R. Venkatasubramanian did justice to the music and lyrics for ‘Tathaastu’ . -The New Indian Express  
  7. Gananatha Nee’ in praise of Lord Ganesha, in Ragam Niroshta was heart-throbbing. The very name Niroshta means that the lips won’t touch and the raga name Niroshta has chosen swaras which go well with its very name. Composer P R Venkatasubramanian had set the lyrics in such a way that it obeyed the rule of Niroshta.   - The New Indian Express

  8. An additional highlight was that the day’s agenda included many of the compositions of the contemporary lyricist and keyboard Artiste PR Venkata Subramanian, a disciple of Needamangalam Krishnamurthy Bhagawathar. The items were worthy additions to the Bharathanatyam repertoire with the lyrics giving enough room for the sancharis.             - The New Indian Express

  9. The Ragas preceding every piece brought out flamboyant performance from Subbu’s Keyboard.             -The New Indian Express  

  10. The Madras Telugu Academy organised the Ugadi Purashkar 97   One of the best performances for the day was the Keyboard recital by Sri.P.R. venkatasubramanian where the keyboard being a western instrument was handled brilliantly by the artiste. He played the carnatic ragas like Kalyani, Kapi and Sindhubhairavi, a brilliant integration of the east and west (Western instrument and South Indian music) symbolising universal integration. The highlight of the programme was that the artiste met the challenges by not using any of the facilities available on the Keyboard. The artiste was previously alloted 10 minutes but due to time constrain it was reduced to 6 minutes. The artiste took up the challenge with a confident smile and won the applause of one and all. This act of his proved his expertise and his courage that took him to the greatest heights. - Metro Ads.

 

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