Shobha Sekhar is a distinguished Indian Classical performer, composer, teacher and journalist renowned for her creativity and deep passion for the Art form.
Her solo concerts across continents, lecture Demos and master classes at different Universities and International Forums have won her critical acclaim and recognition. Due to her popularity, The University of Melbourne has introduced Indian Music in ‘Bachelor of Music’ curriculum. She is the principal coach for the large Ensemble ‘Mantra’. She has been a lecturer teaching Classical Indian Music for final year “Bachelor of Music” students at Melbourne Polytechnic. This is acknowledged as creating History in the annals of Australian music Industry. (See snippet of her Interview with ABC)
Her contributions as a journalist to the columns of leading newspapers and magazines such as Straits Times (Singapore), Sruti (India) and Herald Sun in Melbourne are a rare treat to gain valuable insights into the Arts world.
She owes a deep sense of gratitude to her eminent Gurus Sangeetha Kalanidhis -Smt D K Pattammal, Late Sri DK Jayaraman and Late Sri KS Narayanswamy (veena) and by establishing the Music School ‘Kalakruthi’ she aspires to pass on this priceless treasure of rich Art traditions to the next generation in Australia.
Kalakruthi students have immensely elevated the standard of Carnatic music in Australia not only by their presentation skills but by also adhering to the discipline and values necessary to sustain this complex art form.
She is the recipient of several research grants from Commonwealth Government ‘Australia Arts Council’, Monash Arts Council and Victoria Multicultural Commission. Recently she was honoured to be the recipient of “Award of Excellence” by the Premier of Victoria for her exemplary contributions to the Multicultural Community of Australia.
Shobha has received rave reviews for her performances— “Soul Stirring” “mesmerizing” and has strived to enrich the Cultural, spiritual and social tapestry thru Music in the World.
Awards and Titles include:
- ‘SUR MANI” during Sur Samsad Sammelan in Mumbai
- Krishna Gana Sabha awarded her the “Best Concert and Krithi Rendering” in 2001
- Nritya Choodamani Award for contribution to Dance Music in Melbourne
- Aramuga Navalar Award for contribution to Tamil & Music in Australia
She has performed at prestigious Sabhas such as Chennai Music Academy (during the December season), National Council for Performing Arts, Mumbai, Narada Gana Sabha, Mylapore Fine Arts, Indian Fine Arts, Krishna Gana Sabha, Singapore Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur Academy and in New York and Toronto.
She performed at the ‘Parliament of World Religions’ convened in Melbourne in December 2009.-( both at the opening ceremony and a solo concert). A very Distinguished Guest at the Congress was The Hon Dalai Lama. Thousands of Delegates from all around the World who attended were deeply moved by Shobha’s soulful renderings.
The most recent recognition is from the Music Academy of Chennai, who recently awarded affiliation to Kalakruthi School. It is an epoch-making moment for Shobha and the Music School she founded, the FIRST EVER in the History of Indian Music, the first ever in the 80+ years’ rich and most prestigious legacy of the Music Academy, the first ever School to win this stamp of approval from the MUSIC ACADEMY EXPERT COMMITTEE whose nod of approval is the stamp of authenticity for even the top ranking musicians.
She has been unanimously elected the President of the flagship organisation FIMDV (Federation of Music and Dance Schools of Victoria). The program highlighting women’s empowerment (Prakruthi) was a huge success in terms of the strong message and innovative elements such as introducing Indigenous dancers and Western musicians from Australian Universities. Under her leadership, FIMDV has expanded its horizons and staged its debut performance in the Northern regions and has made plans in 2018 to debut Western regions too.
Her School has proved to stand by its vision–“Art with a Heart”- and has pioneered several events to fund several appeals and Charity organisations such as Red Cross appeals and Monash Children’s hospital appeal.