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

YEARSangeetha KalanidhiYEARSangeetha Kalanidhi
2019S. Sowmya  
2018Aruna Sairam2017Chitravina N. Ravikiran
2016A. Kanyakumari2015Sanjay Subrahmanyan
2014T V Gopalakrishnan2013Sudha Ragunathan
2012Trichur Ramachandran2011Trichy Sankaran
2010Bombay Sisters (C. Saroja and C. Lalitha)2009Valayapatti A.R. Subramanyam
2008A.K.C. Natarajan2007Palghat Raghu
2006Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan2005M.Chandrasekaran
2004Vellore G.Ramabhadran2003T.V.Sankaranarayan
2002Sikkil Sisters (Neela and Kunjumani)*2001Umayalapuram K.Sivaraman
2000R.Vedavalli1999T.K.Govinda Rao
1998Sheik Chinna Moulana1997M. S. Gopalakrishnan
1996Dr. N. Ramani1995R. K. Srikantan
1994T. K. Murthy1993Mani Krishnaswami
1992Thanjai K. P. Sivanandam1991Nedunuri Krishnamurthy
1990D. K. Jayaraman1989Maharajapuram V. Santhanam
1988Prof.T.Viswanathan1987B. Rajam Iyer
1986Palghat K. V. Narayanaswamy1985Dr. S. Ramanathan
1984Mysore V. Doreswamy Iyengar1983Dr. S. Pinakapani
1982Embar S. Vijayaraghavachariar1981T. M. Thiyagarajan
1980T. N. Krishnan1979K. S. Narayanaswamy
1978M. Balamurali Krishna1977M. L. Vasanthakumari
1976T. Brinda1975Not Awarded
1974R. Anantakrishna Sarma1973T. Balasaraswati
1972Professor P. Sambamoorthy1971Papanasam Sivan
1970D. K. Pattammal1969Madurai Srirangam Iyer
1968M. S. Subbulakshmi1967No Award Given
1966T. S. Mani Iyer1965Alathur Srinivasa Iyer
1964Alathur Sivasubramanya Iyer1963Budulur Krishnamurthi Sastrigal
1962K. Papa Venkataramiah1961Tiruvidamarudur Veerusami Pillai
1960T. K. Jayarama Iyer1959Madurai Mani Iyer
1958G. N. Balasubramaniam1957Mysore T. Chowdiah
1956Tiruvizhimizhalai Subramanya Pillai1955Marungapuri Gopalakrishna Iyer
1954Chittur Subramanya Pillai1953Tirupampuram N. Swaminatha Pillai
1952Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer1951Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagavatar
1950Karur Chinnaswamy Iyer1949Mudicondan Venkatrama Iyer
1948Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai1947Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer
1946No Award Given1945Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer
1944T. L. Venkatarama Iyer1943Palladam Sanjiva Rao
1942Mazhavarayanendal Subbarama Bhagavatar1941Professor Venkataswami Naidu
1940Kallidaikurichi Vedanta Bhagavatar1939Musiri Subramania Iyer
1938Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar1937Chidambara Bhagavatar
1936Umayalapuram Swaminatha Iyer1935Mysore K. Vasudevacharya
1934T. S. Sabesha Iyer1933K. Ponnayya Pillai
1932Tiger Varadachariar1931Pazhamaneri Swaminatha Iyer
1930Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar1929T. 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.