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Akella Mallikarjuna Sharma
BornMummidivaram, Andhrapradesh, India
OccupationViolinist, Vocalist,Musicologist
Years active  1961 – present

'Akella Mallikarjuna Sharma' (Born June 15, 1938) is an Indian Classical Music Violinist, Musicologist, Musician, Vocalist trained in Carnatic Music.He has worked on the mysteries of Tala Prastara, one of the element in Tala Dasha Pranas in Indian Classical Music. His research spanning over four decades brought to light several latent secrets about “Laya”. He is an admirer and follower of Violin Virtuoso, Sangeetha Kalanidhi, Shri M.S. Gopalakrishnan.

He was 'A GRADE artist' in AIR, several of his programs have been broadcast on AIR and Doordarshan respectively. He participated in the Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan concerts and the National Program of Music, AIR, won him wide acclaim.He has accompanied several eminent artists of the country. He has several solo programs to his credit. He has toured the U.K, USA and Canada accompanying Sri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy.

Being Music College Principal, he has toured all the Govt. Music Colleges in the state of AndhraPradesh for two years conducting Lecture-demonstrations and workshops.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Akella Mallikarjuna Sharma[1] was born in Mummidivaram, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. He had his initial Violin training from his father Late Akella Ashwatthanarayana Murthy and later under Shri P.P. Somayajulu. Later he learnt the intricacies of traditional Carnatic Music from the music veteran ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ Shri Nedunuri Krishna Murthy. He qualified the Elementary, Lower-Grade and Higher-Grade Teacher Training (Violin) examinations in Distinction in the year 1956. He completed his Matriculation and Diploma in Violin from Andhra Pradesh University of Music in the year 1959. He was awarded Technical Teacher’s certificate for Vocal and Violin under Andhra Pradesh Educational Rule No.147 in the year 1959.

Career[edit | edit source]

Akella Mallikarjuna Sharma worked for more than two decades as Lecturer in Violin in various Government Colleges of Music and Dance of Andhra Pradesh since 1961. He rendered service as Principal for 12 years and retired in the year 1996. He was the Carnatic Music Paper-setter and Practical-examiner since 1968 for Matriculation, Diploma, B.A., and M.A., music-examinations of Andhra, Sri Venkateshwara, Nagarjuna, Telugu & Delhi Universities. He also toured Singapore as an examiner.

His close association with Sangeetha Kalanidhi, Shri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy opened new vistas of traditional Carnatic Music and henceforth became his disciple. As a Violinist he participated in Radio broadcasts from 1962 as Soloist and Accompanist.He participated in several reputed music organizations all over the country like Music Academy, Madras and many other across India accompanying so many music veterans like Sarvashri Mudikondan Venkatarama Iyer, V.V.Sadagopan, Sangita Kalanidhi Chittoor Subramaniam Pillai.

As a Vocalist he gave programs in ‘All India Radio’, Hyderabad for nearly 18 years from 1977 to 1995. He was the member of Selection Committee for the appointments of Staff Artists (Vocal, Veena, Violin and Mridangam) of All India Radio.

Work towards Carnatic Music[edit | edit source]

He has come up with some of the innovative, easy and effective[2].He has been training some Vocal and Violin students[3] in the country and abroad.In this process one work-shop on ‘Talaprastara’ was also organized at Hyderabad between 25-02- 1995 and 02-03- 1995 by the SCZCC. He has been doing free service to the cause of music giving Lecture-demonstrations and holding Work-shops on the rarest topic, Talaprastara and the easy, effective and innovative methods of Teaching Carnatic Music across India.

Books written[edit | edit source]

  1. Talaprastara Sagaram (Telugu) -1985
  2. Permutative Genius in Talaprastara in Indian Music (English) - 1992
  3. Talaprastara Ratnakaram (Telugu) – 2001 (Revised edition of No.1)
  4. Indian Genius in Tala Prastara (English) – 2001 (Revised edition of No.2)
  5. Tala Prastara of Nisshanka Sharngadeva’s Sangeeta Ratnakara - a critical Interpretation (English) - 2001
  6. Sangita Svararaga Sudha (Telugu & English) – a treatise on Svarakalpana and Ragalapana along with a mp3 Audio CDs – 2001
  7. Systematisation of Prastara details of Deshi Talas (English) - 2003
  8. Sangita Vidyabodhini (Telugu and English) – 2006 (Notated compositions of Certificate and Diploma Examinations)
  9. Easy and affective methods in learning Karnataka Music -2007 (Telugu and English)
  10. Sangita Vidyalochani (Telugu and English) – 2011
  11. Sangita Vidyamodini (Telugu and English) - 2015
  12. Gurushishyasamvaadam (Telugu) - Relating to the conversations between the Teacher and the disciple pertaining to different problems in learning our music.

Awards[edit | edit source]

Akella Mallikarjun Sharma Received an award of "Best book of fine arts" from the Telugu University in the year 1985 for his book “Talaprastara Ratnakaram (Telugu)”. He also received the TTK Award[4] for the year 2009 from the Music Academy, Chennai in the Year 2010.

The book ‘Talaprastara of Nisshanka Sharngadeva’s Sangeeta Ratnakara – a critical interpretation’ has been written and brought out under the Senior Fellow-ship of the Ministry of HRD between October. 1997 and September,1999.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Akella, Mallikarjuna Sharma. "Professor". Sri Tyagaraja Goverenment college for music and Dance. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  2. Akella, Mallikajuna sharma. "Teaching music, simply". TheHindu. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  3. Akella, Mallikarjuna Sharma. "Student". TheHindu. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  4. Aakella, Mallikarjuna Sharma. [‘Best ‘[https://musicacademymadras.in/sites/default/files/music%20conference%20souvenir%202016.pdf Best Check |url= value (help). Missing or empty |title= (help)


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