Gaanaapriya Foundation is registered and incoporated as a Charitable Trust , as per Indian Trusts Act 1882. It is run as a not-for-profit organisation for the cause of Carnatic music.
The trust has been registered under section 12AA of the I.T. Act, registration number- AABTG4439L/05/15-16/T-0087.
All donations are eligible for tax exemption under 80G vide registration number AABTG4439L/05/15-16/T-0087/80G order dated 10.Jan.2017
The communication address of the trust is:
Old Number 19, New Number 8
Mylapore, Chennai - 600004
Phone: 92821 32311
i) To promote the understanding and appreciation of Carnatic Music by organizing Lectures, seminars, concerts and competitions.
(ii) To support needy and /or destitute practitioners, teachers and other individuals who have rendered service to the promotion of Carnatic Music.
(iii) To recognize individuals for their service rendered to Carnatic music lovers all over the world by awarding suitable titles.
(iv) To promote, organize, administer, establish , support, maintain and /or grant aid to any person, institution or society or organization whatsoever having for its objects promotion of Carnatic Music education and knowledge and to incur expenditure in connection therewith.
(v) Any other purposes beneficial and of interest to Carnatic Music lovers.
||S.Sridharan , an Engineering graduate, is a software professional with 20+ years experience, now working for a leading IT consulting & services organisation. Sridharan co-administers Sangeethapriya website and co-moderates the associated discussion groups. He is trained in playing mrudangam and violin.|
||Dr V.Kamakoti is currently Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras, his specialization being VLSI and computer architecture. Being an ardent follower of Kanchi Math, he is also the Vice President of Adi Sankara Advaita Research Centre. On the music front, Kamakoti is trained on the violin in the lineage of Parur school.|
||Jayasri Jayaramakrishnan has been learning and performing for the last 17 years. Having started initial learning from her mother, Mrs. Seethalakshmi. Jayasri Jayaramakrishnan further learnt music from Mrs. Muthumeenakshi (Disciple of Musiri Subramania Iyer). Mrs. Jayasri has won several awards. She is a recipient of the “Sangeetha Seva Mani” Award from the Acharyas of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and also a recipient of the Shyama Shastri Endowment Award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha.|
||Divyanand is a music aficionado and a student of veena under the illustrious Karaikudi bani. He is also actively involved with Brhaddhvani.|
||G. Bala Subramanian (Bala) is a computer geek with a masters in computer applications. Passionate about music, Bala is a budding percussion artist talented in mrudangam, kanjira and ghatam. Bala is more popular for his famous Your Tanpura|
Some of the activities that Gaanapriya Foundation is engagaged currently are as below:
1) Rasikapriya award function: This is an annual event to recognize individual(s) who have made outstanding contribution to Carnatic rasika community. The chosen individual(s) is/are awarded "Rasikapriya" of the year award. The award ceremony is followed by a special thematic music programme.
2) Sahithyapriya Series: This initiative has the aim of bringing into focus the "sahithyam" (lyrics) of a krithi while it is being rendered and listened. While it is sheer joy to listen to pure classical carnatic music, an understanding of the meaning of the sahithyam and the context in which it was created leads to enhanced listening pleasure. One gets to experience the full import of the bhakthi laden krithi in its full glory. "sangIta jnAnamu bhakti vinA" says Saint Thyagaraja. Music without devotion is futile. The first step in this process for the music lovers is to understand the meanings and the context behind the kritis that are rendered.
3) Music Workshops: Half a day / full day music workshops by eminent musicians
The trust solicits generous contributions from public to carry out its objectives.
Contributions can be made by cheque in the name of "Gaanapriya Foundation" and can be sent to
Old Number 19, 1st Cross Street,
Mylapore, Chennai - 600004
Please drop us a mail after the payment is made in order to track the payment and send the receipt.