About

Sushma wears many hats. She is a performer, collaborator, writer and a Certified Public Accountant

Introduction

Sushma Somasekharan was initiated into Carnatic Music at the age of 4 by Smt. Bhagya Moorthy, her first Guru in Singapore. She was introduced to stage performances at a young age when her Guru noticed her keen interest in Carnatic Music and her quick grasp of the music.

 

Gurus

Sushma started learning Carnatic Music at The Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) in 1993. While she was there, she had the benefit of learning from several Gurus, including Smt. Shanta Subramanyan, Smt. Leelavathi Gopalakrishnan, Smt Padmavathi Nagarajan and Sri Padmalingam. Since 2004, she has been under the sole tutelage of Smt. Lalita Sivakumar, daughter of Late Sri Palghat Mani Iyer and daughter-in-law of Smt. D.K Pattamal.

 

Performances

Sushma is a regular performer at the December Music Season in Chennai and has had the privilege of performing at prestigious music institutions of Chennai including The Madras Music Academy (HCL Festival and Spirit of Youth Festival), Brahma Gana Sabha, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kartik Fine Arts, Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Narada Gana Sabha, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha to name a few.

Within India, she has also performed in Bombay, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, etc.

Sushma toured Europe with her team from India in 2011 and performed at the Embassy of India in Brussels, Indian Consulate of Luxembourg, Germany and London. Sushma was also invited to perform at the Nallur Murugan Temple Music Festival, Jaffna Sri Lanka in 2010 and 2012.

Sushma was invited by Esplanade Theatres on the Bay Singapore in 2013 to be part of their annual festival 'Kalaa Utsavam'. She presented a performance titled 'Samarupa', which celebrated women and their journeys. More details can be found here: http://www.kalaautsavam.com/microsite/ticketed/samarupa-beyond-beauty

Aside from traditional Carnatic performances, Sushma also enjoys collaborating with other artists to produce unique music. She has performed with international percussionists Bernhard Shchimpelsberger and Pirashanna Thevarajah at Rich Mix London for an event curated by Sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta.

Sushma is also a regular collaborator with Aalaap, a Chennai based arts initiative. She was most recently involved with story-teller V R Devika of Aseema Trust to present 'Songs and Stories', a musical story-telling journey.

Sushma is also a Certified Public Accountant. She was employed with Pricewaterhouse Coopers before moving to India to pursue music.

 

Awards

Sushma is a B-High Graded Artist with All-India Radio.

2000 - 2005
Biennial Award Recipient at the National Indian Music Competition Singapore.

2006
First Singaporean to win the All India Radio Carnatic Vocal Award.

2011
Recipient of the Best Concert Award for her Time Slot at Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha. Award received from His Excellency Dr. K Rosaiah Honble Governor of Tamil Nadu.

2013
Recipient of the D.K Jayaraman Award for Merit worthy performance at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha.

 

Off-Stage

Sushma runs a column featuring young and upcoming Carnatic Musicians in Sruti Magazine, the premier Arts Magazine in India. Her contributions can be read on: http://srutimag.blogspot.in/search/label/Sushma%20Somasekharan

She has also contributed an article for Aalaap magazine, Issue No 2 titled 'Voice-Over'. That can be found here.