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Main » 2013 » July » 12 » Carnatic musician Nukala Chinna Satyanarayana passes away
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Carnatic musician Nukala Chinna Satyanarayana passes away


Eminent Carnatic musician Nukala Chinna Satyanarayana passed away here today following brief illness.

He was 89.
Satyanarayana, a recipient of Padma Bhushan and several other prestigious awards, died at his residence.
Born at Anakapalle in coastal Andhra Pradesh, he started as a student of violin but attained heights of greatness as a vocalist, music teacher, author and administrator.

He enthralled music lovers both in India and abroad with his soulful rendition of Carnatic music.
He performed in the presence of several great personalities including late prime minister P V Narasimha Rao.
He is survived by seven children and the obsequies are likely to be performed after some of them return from abroad.

Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana


Mahamahopadhyaya Dr. Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana(Telugu:నూకల చిన్న సత్యనారాయణ) (4 August 1923 - 11 July 2013) was a Carnatic musician, a classical vocalist, musicologist, author and teacher, a great administrator and motivator. He was a performer on All India Radio and Doordarshan who participated in Sangeeta Sammelans, outdoor broadcasts and national programmes innumerable times. His radio lessons and Bhakti Ranjanis were very popular. He was awarded Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India in 2010.

Early Life :

Born in Anakapalli, Andhra Pradesh, India to Yegnachayanamma and Annapurneswara Sarma as 'Srividya' upasaka. His mother fostered his talent and gave him basic training in music and his father always motivated and encouraged him.


Career :

Nookala, when young, entered the traditional theatre and handled a few boy roles but classical music attracted him from the start. He has started as violin student. Sri Kambhampati Akkaji Rao led him to Mangalampally Pattabhiramayya at Vijayawada, under whose guidance he remained for three years, after which he made his way to Vijayanagaram to learn violin under Prof. Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu garu. Nookala accompanied Prof. Naidu garu on his concerts all over India, and Prof. Naidu garu introduced Nookala to Dr. Sripada Pinakapani. His singing style developed after he came under the influence of Dr. Pinakapani. Nookala sharpened his analytical approach, achieving a deeper understanding of the science and art of music and learnt to infuse the raga bhava in every note and phrase of the kriti.

Nookala was attracted by several musical greats but developed his own style of singing, never departing from classicism, yet expressing the beauty of 'raga' and the meaning of the 'kriti', with special emphasis on diction.

Awards :

  • Padma Bhushan by Government of India in 2010.
  • Hamsa Award (Cultural Council Government of Andhra Pradesh)
  • Annamacharya Vidwanmani ('Sapna' - Sri Annamacharya Project of North America, Chicago)
  • Sangeeta Kala Acharya (Music Academy, Chennai)
  • Sangeeta Vidya Nidhi (Andhra Music Academy, Bhimily)
  • Vani Kala Sudhakara (Bangalore Gayan Samaj, Centenary Celebrations, Bangalore)
  • Saptagiri Sangeeta Vidwanmani (Sri Tyagaraja Festival Committee, Tirupati)
  • Nada Nidhi (Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Swamy)
  • Nada Hridayagnaha (Swami Dayananda Saraswati)
  • Nada Sudharnava (Murali Ravali, Madras)
  • Sangeeta Sarvabuama (Sri Maruti Tyagaraja Gana Sabha, Tirupati)
  • Sangeeta Ksheera Sagara (Sri Tyagaraja Narayanadasa Seva Samithi, Rajahmundry)
  • Ganakala Ghandarva (Vamshi Arts Theatres, Hyderabad)
  • Lakshya Lakshana Marthanda
  • Sangeeta Sudhakara
  • Emipatus Fellowship from Govt. of India
  • President's Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award
  • Senior Fellowship of Department of Culture Govt. of India
  • Mahamahopadya
He is the Asthana Vidwan of
  • Sri Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam - Tirupati and Pitsburg, U.S.A.
  • Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham of Kanchi
  • Sringeri Sankara Peetham of Sringeri
  • Pushpagiri Peetham of Pushpagiri
  • Ganapati Sachidananda Ashram - Mysore






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