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The Web Site
Carnatic Corner was first established by Mohan
Ayyar in 1994 in Sydney, Australia.
What started out as a small personal collection of
Carnatic music information and links has grown into a large and popular
international website. This site attempts to categorise the vast amount
of information about Carnatic music that is available on the internet.
In 2006, Gayathri Rajkumar from The Right
Hemisphere Creative Solutions, Melbourne, Australia volunteered to
redesign the site. The result is a much more professional and
Many thanks to V. Jayaraman for providing
beautiful, rare photographs of some of the greatest Carnatic music
If you would like to suggest a link for this site
or have any comments about the site, please free to contact us.
Mohan was born in Uganda and migrated to Australia
with his family at a very young age. He started playing Western music
'by ear' and turned to Carnatic music at a later stage. Mohan has been
regularly performing Carnatic music on the synthesizer since 1987. He
has developed a unique style to be able to play the intricacies of
Carnatic music on the synthesizer. This has included full-length solo
concerts and concerts where he has accompanied many acclaimed vocalists
While he has taught himself to play the
synthesizer, he has had vocal training from a number of artistes
including Smt Uma Ayyar, Smt Prema Ananthakrishnan & Smt Hemalatha
Ganeshan. Mohan is a regular performer for concerts in Sydney and other
Australian cities. He has also given several concerts in Chennai. In
2000 and again in 2005, Mohan has been specially
recognised by Sydney Music Circle for his contributions to Indian music.
Apart from his concerts, Mohan has composed music
for a number of dance performances. He is currently pursuing a PhD at
Macquarie University and is researching the composition process for the
music of bharatanatyam. He has given conference papers at music
conferences in Amsterdam and Mumbai.
Mohan teaches a number of young students music on
the keyboard and vocal music. He is a founding member of Pallavi (www.pallavi.org)
and has also written a number of articles on Carnatic music related
subjects, some of which are published on this website. Mohan holds
masters degrees in economics as well as business &
technology. He works for the NSW Government. He continues
to maintain Carnatic Corner.
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Sangeetha Ayyar is a talented Carnatic vocalist
who has been singing for concerts and dance performances for a number
of years . Sangeetha started her training in Carnatic music from a
young age under her father, the late Sri. Karaikudi S. Kannan, who was
a performing artiste in India. In India, she has had the fortune to
come under the tutelage under leading artistes such as Smt Suguna
Purosothaman and Smt Meera Nathan. She continued her music
in Sydney, Australia under Smt Uma Ayyar.
Sangeetha has won prizes for vocal music at a
number of college competitions in India and has performed in All India
Radio youth programs. She has given concerts in Chennai, Sydney,
Canberra and Melbourne and has sung for a number of dance productions.
She has also tuned a number of verses for dance. Apart from her busy
performance schedule, Sangeetha teaches vocal music to a number of
students in Sydney.
Mohan and Sangeetha can be contacted via the contact page.
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We surfed in for some information. We are amazed
at the wealth of information. Our congrats and best wishes.
Raja and Vasanta Ramakrishnan, Chennai
Appreciate the utmost interest taken for the
wonderful work available on web
Bhagyalakshmi Chandrasekaran (Grand daughter
of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri Mudikondan C.Venkatarama Iyer)
Hello Mohan ji, I personally know you are very
hard working, as I saw you do it, but after seeing your website in
detail, I am pleasantly amazed... WONDERFUL....CARRY ON THIS DIVINELY
INSPIRED WORK. MAY GOD GIVE YOU LONG LIFE AND HEALTH.
Vijay Venkateshwar, Chennai
It's really great effort done here for Carnatic
music and it's really great and wonderful... All the Carnatic ppl like
this page.. we can get lot of information regarding the carnatic
music.. Here i can see the hardwork and also the affection with
carnatic music... Anbudan,
Ramani Kannan, Coimbatore
This site is a great resource for Carnatic music
lovers. Good work!
Umesh, Philadelphia, USA
You are the guiding beacon in matters connected to
Carnatic music. May you be Blessed with a long life to carry this on
Prof K. Balaram, Chennai
Great- really great. It has been many hours of
ESWARI SARAVANAMUTHU, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
It is one of the greatest gift given by you to the
Carnatic music lovers, May God bless you and give more strengths to do
more like this.
V. Seetharamu, Bangalore
Your contribution for the cause of Carnatic Music
is greatly appreciated. The information provided is very useful for
students, as well as for rasikas. Keep up the good work.
Govindankutty Nair, California, USA
I happened to see your site again after much long
time. Your work in the site shows how much dedicated you are to
Carnatic Music.Today's music requires such people who are dynamic and
enthusiastic like you. So Keep up the great work.
R.Vishnu Sathyanarayanan(Great Grandson of
Sangita Kalanidhi Sri Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer)- Hyderabad
Thank you for a very informative website, I'm sure
I will be referring back to it in the future. It is obvious you have a
genuine love of Carnatic music, which is very inspiring. Thank you
Fiona Sherret, Sydney
I am so lucky, I got to this page today! I am a
retired senior, very much interested in Carnatic music...listen a lot.
.Now I want to try sing a little..
The info and links in your page are a big help...I am sure! Thanks!!!
Kesavanath Vadlamani, Florida
Dear Mohan: Congrats on your excellent and well
connected home page. I am very happy to see a young person like you,
brought up in a foreign land, taking so much interest in Carnatic
Music. My best wishes to you.
This is a fantastic site containing intricate details of Carnatic
Music. Well done keep up the good work!
M. Venkatachalam, Chennai
Karthik Shastry, Bangalore
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