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PARENTs

My father (Late) Sri M.V.J. Krishnamurty was a drama-artist and was an officer in the Indian Railways. My Mother Smt.Vimala, is a Singer; participated in many music-programs of the AIR and the Door Darshan for about two decades.
My maternal uncle, Sri Vaduguru Ramarao, a noted light-music singer is a retired Chief Manager from Bata. He also sang for some films.

SISTERs

My eldest sister Dr.Mandapaka Sarada, M.A., Ph.D., is a vocalist of repute in classical as well as light music. She is working as an Associate Professor of Music in the Andhra University. She is a noted artist familiar to all through the AIR and the Door Darshan.
My elder sister Smt.Suri Chandramani is a vocalist, veena-artist and a music-teacher. She is a performer in the AIR and the DoorDarshan.

BROTHER

My elder Brother Sri Mandapaka Srinivas, is an officer in the Railways. He is a gold-medallist in his education and his academic degrees are B.Sc., M.A., IRPM and B.L.

GRAND PARENTS

Mandapaka Nagalakshmi's maternal grandfather Sri Vaduguru Neelakantha Sastry was a disciple of Sri Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar. He was equally proficient on the Mridangam and in Vocal music. He was an 'Upasaka' of the divine Mother. Besides being a musician and spiritualist, he was good at astrology also. He was a composer of 10 - 12 Harikatha's too.

The paternal grandfathers and great grandfathers were well known poets, known as 'Mandapaka poets'.

 

QUALIFICATION

ACADEMIC
  • M.A., Music - Vocal (Padmavathi Mahila Vishva Vidyalayam, Tirupathi)
TECHNICAL
  1. Diploma - Mridangam (Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad)
  2. Diploma - Vocal (Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad)
  3. Diploma - Vocal (Andhra University, Visakhapatnam)
  4. Diploma - Light Music (Andhra University, Visakhapatnam)
DEPARTMENTAL
Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC)
  1. Executive Officers Test
  2. Sub-Ordinate Officers - Part I
  3. Sub-Ordinate Officers - Part II

FIELD OF MUSIC

CARNATIC CLASSICAL - MRIDANGAM ('A' GRADE)

TUTELAGE

Initial Training:Sri Nemani Somayajulu
Advanced Training:Sri Mullapudi Srirama Murthy
 Sri Kaaraikudi R Mani, Chennai
Vocal:Dr.Mandapaka Sarada
Spiritual Guru:Sri Mataji Tyagisananda Puri