Sukanya Ramgopal has carved a singular place for herself in the world of Carnatic music as the only top-ranked woman ghatam player. A prime disciple of ghatam maestro T.H. ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram, her passion for the percussion instrument has taken her around the world.
The walls of her living room are lined with shelves of ghatams. A granddaughter of the celebrated Tamil scholar U.Ve Swaminatha Iyer, Sukanya grew up in Chennai in an atmosphere of Carnatic music.
Predictably, she and her sister were made to learn vocal lessons first. Soon after, she was sent to learn violin from Vinayakram’s younger brother Gurumurthy… read more