Bhagavatula Seetarama Sarma



Born on 10 October 1936 into a family of traditional artists in Kuchipudi village, Andhra Pradesh, Shri Bhagavatula Seetarama Sarma received his training in music under the tutelage of E. Seetarama Anjanayalu, Neeti Sreerama Sarma, and T. R. Subramaniam. Later, he trained as a teacher of Nattuvangam under Rukmini Devi Arundale at Kalakshetra, Madras.
Shri Sarma initially worked as an artist at the All India Radio, Madras. He was a vocalist at AIR as well as a composer of orchestral music – the Vadya Vrind. Later, he established his own institution, Kalapeetham, to teach music and then founded the Sangeetha Gurukulam in Chennai with its branches in Singapore and the United States. Shri Sarma has developed a special methodology for teaching Carnatic music, nattuvangam, and dance, which has attracted many dancers and musicians to train under him. He has served Kalakshetra for over twenty-three years, composing music for dance-dramas such as Meenakshi Vijayam, Koormavatharam, and Ajamilopakhyanam. Shri Sarma has given lecture-demonstrations and conducted workshops on Carnatic music at the Rudra Bejart Ballet in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has similarly organized a workshop on Jayadeva’s Ashtapadis at Music Academy, Madras.
Shri Sarma is a recipient of the Rukmini Devi Award and the TTK Memorial Award (2007) of the Music Academy, Madras. He has been honoured as Asthana Vidwan of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and other shrines.
Shri Bhagavatula Seetarama Sarma receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to music for dance.