The year 1945 was a landmark year in his career when he got the opportunity to learn
from great doyens such as Tiger Varadachari, Budalur Krishnamurthy Sastri, T. K.
Ramasami Ayyangar and Kalpagam Swaminathan at Kalakshetra, and Musiri
Subramanian Ayyar, Tiruppambaram Swaminatha Pillai, and Mayavaram V. V.
Krishna Ayyar and T. Brinda at the Central College of Music. Janakiraman's
excellence in the theoretical and practical aspects of music earned him the titles of
Samgita Siromani and Samgita Vidwan.
He was initiated into musicology by Profs. P. Sambamurthi and Balakrishna Ayya.
This was further strengthened under P. K. RajagopalaAyyar. In addition to his gurus'
immense knowledge and wisdom, Janakiraman also imbibed a style of presentation
with powerful delivery, expression, and diction. His method of analyzing original
treatise and evolving one's own ideas and concepts soon placed him high in the
annals of musicology in India.
Janakiraman has taught musicology at various levels, including advanced, graduate
and post-graduate courses for over thirty years. He had a brilliant career as the Head
of the Department of Musicology at Sri Venkateswara College of Music, Tirupati.
After his stint at Tirupati, he was associated with The Music Academy, Madras, in
various capacities such as Research Scholar, Advisory Member of the Experts Committee.
Janakiraman has presented several papers on various subjects of musicology, along
with demonstrations. He has given performances under the auspices of several
organizations both in India and abroad. Not surprisingly, Janakiraman has annexed
several titles in music, notably Samgita Kala Acharya (The Music Academy),
Samgita Kala Sagaram. (Bhairavi Fine Arts Association of North America),
Kalaimamani (Tamil Nadu State Government), Samgita Kala Jyoti, Ganamruta Kala
Ratna, Isai Kalai Chelvar, and Isai Thurai Pani Mamani. He was also the recipient of
the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from the Government of India.
Recently, he was conferred the title Nada Yogi by the Sri Parthasarathy Swamy
He is the author of a two-volume book, "Samgita Sastra Saramu" in Telugu. During
his tenure as a Research Scholar at The Music Academy, he authored three
comprehensive volumes of the book "Raga Lakshanas" in Tamil and co-authored a
book in English titled "Ragas of Saramrta", which is a commentary on the Raga
Chapter of King Tulaja's treatise, Samgita Saramrta. He is also the author of "Ragas
at a Glance", a compendium of the individuallakshanas of some of the more popular
ragas in current practice. He has presented a three-hour video documentary titled
"Varna through the ages" and an audio-video dissertation on the 72 melakarthas with
reference to the 72 mela-ragamalika of Maha Vaidyanatha Ayyar under the auspices
of Saraswati Vaggeyakara Trust, Madras in 1991 and 1995, respectively.
A performing musician with a strong academic background, lanakiraman has been
recognized as a top-ranking artiste by the All-India Radio and Doordarshan. His
lecture-demonstrations are not only instructive but also inspiring, and have drawn
august audiences from all over the world. His contributions to Carnatic music and
musicology over the last nearly sixty years have left a lasting impression.
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