Sangeetha Kalanidhis

List of Sangeetha Kalanidhis

“Sangeetha Kalanidhi” – The highest award in Carnatic Music

The Madras Music Academy, which is one of the most prestigious institutions in the field of Carnatic Music, is located in Chennai, India.

Since Aug.18, 1928, the academy has endeavored to provide various avenues to further the advancement of the science and art of Indian music. Annual music conferences are held every December to collect all information regarding music, maintain the library and publish a journal. 

At each annual conference, The Academy awards a highly accomplished musician/musicologist, with the title “Sangeetha Kalanidhi,” which is unarguably the most sought after and respected title of the Carnatic music universe.

For a full list of names and biographical information about awardees Click here.

List of Sangeetha Kalanidhis

YEAR Sangeetha Kalanidhi YEAR Sangeetha Kalanidhi
2017 Chitravina N. Ravikiran    
2016 A. Kanyakumari 2015 Sanjay Subrahmanyan
2014 T V Gopalakrishnan 2013 Sudha Ragunathan
2012 Trichur Ramachandran 2011 Trichy Sankaran
2010 Bombay Sisters (C. Saroja and C. Lalitha) 2009 Valayapatti A.R. Subramanyam
2008 A.K.C. Natarajan 2007 Palghat Raghu
2006 Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan 2005 M.Chandrasekaran
2004 Vellore G.Ramabhadran 2003 T.V.Sankaranarayan
2002 Sikkil Sisters (Neela and Kunjumani)* 2001 Umayalapuram K.Sivaraman
2000 R.Vedavalli 1999 T.K.Govinda Rao
1998 Sheik Chinna Moulana 1997 M. S. Gopalakrishnan
1996 Dr. N. Ramani 1995 R. K. Srikantan
1994 T. K. Murthy 1993 Mani Krishnaswami
1992 Thanjai K. P. Sivanandam 1991 Nedunuri Krishnamurthy
1990 D. K. Jayaraman 1989 Maharajapuram V. Santhanam
1988 Prof.T.Viswanathan 1987 B. Rajam Iyer
1986 Palghat K. V. Narayanaswamy 1985 Dr. S. Ramanathan
1984 Mysore V. Doreswamy Iyengar 1983 Dr. S. Pinakapani
1982 Embar S. Vijayaraghavachariar 1981 T. M. Thiyagarajan
1980 T. N. Krishnan 1979 K. S. Narayanaswamy
1978 M. Balamurali Krishna 1977 M. L. Vasanthakumari
1976 T. Brinda 1975 Not Awarded
1974 R. Anantakrishna Sarma 1973 T. Balasaraswati
1972 Professor P. Sambamoorthy 1971 Papanasam Sivan
1970 D. K. Pattammal 1969 Madurai Srirangam Iyer
1968 M. S. Subbulakshmi 1967 No Award Given
1966 T. S. Mani Iyer 1965 Alathur Srinivasa Iyer
1964 Alathur Sivasubramanya Iyer 1963 Budulur Krishnamurthi Sastrigal
1962 K. Papa Venkataramiah 1961 Tiruvidamarudur Veerusami Pillai
1960 T. K. Jayarama Iyer 1959 Madurai Mani Iyer
1958 G. N. Balasubramaniam 1957 Mysore T. Chowdiah
1956 Tiruvizhimizhalai Subramanya Pillai 1955 Marungapuri Gopalakrishna Iyer
1954 Chittur Subramanya Pillai 1953 Tirupampuram N. Swaminatha Pillai
1952 Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer 1951 Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagavatar
1950 Karur Chinnaswamy Iyer 1949 Mudicondan Venkatrama Iyer
1948 Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai 1947 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer
1946 No Award Given 1945 Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer
1944 T. L. Venkatarama Iyer 1943 Palladam Sanjiva Rao
1942 Mazhavarayanendal Subbarama Bhagavatar 1941 Professor Venkataswami Naidu
1940 Kallidaikurichi Vedanta Bhagavatar 1939 Musiri Subramania Iyer
1938 Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar 1937 Chidambara Bhagavatar
1936 Umayalapuram Swaminatha Iyer 1935 Mysore K. Vasudevacharya
1934 T. S. Sabesha Iyer 1933 K. Ponnayya Pillai
1932 Tiger Varadachariar 1931 Pazhamaneri Swaminatha Iyer
1930 Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar 1929 T. V. Subba Rao, T. S. Sabesha Iyer and
M. S. Ramaswamy Iyer

* For the first time in the history of the Music Academy, 2 artistes have been awarded the title in the same year.