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Born on 14th September, 1958, into one of the most illustrious musical families in Kerala, Sri.Chembai Venkitaraman studied carnatic vocal music from his father Sri.Chembai Kothandaraman who is a disciple of Late Sri.Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavather and who was Professor of music in Kerala Kalamandalam.

 

Sri.Venkitaraman continued his studies and passed Ganabhooshanam with first class and First rank, and later Gana Praveena also with First Rank.

 

After studies, worked as a music teacher in Kerala Kalamandalam for some time, and later joined as a violin tutor in Chembai Memorial Government Music College,Palakkad,Kerala in 1988. He retired as Head of the Department of Violin at Chembai Memorial Government Music Colege,Palakkad,Kerala, in March 2015.

 

Mother C.S.Subbalakshmi , is niece of Sri.Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. Now, Sri.Chembai Venkitaraman lives in Tharakkad,Palakkad with his wife ,Padma and son CV Sreeram.

 

 

Chembai Venkitaraman

Violinist and Vocalist in Carnatic Classical Music