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. In a very significant milestone move, the oldest and most reputed University of Melbourne has introduced Indian Music in their 2nd year of ‘Bachelor of Music’ curriculum. She has been a lecturer, teaching Classical Indian Music for Final year “Bachelor of Music” students at NMIT, Melbourne, for the last five years.
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.
Hailing from a family where music runs in its veins, 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 honored 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 by leading newspapers— “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, by Chandrabhanu’s Bharatalaya
- ♦ Aramuga Navalar Award for contribution to Tamil & Music in Australia
- ♦ Hamsadhwani – An Institution in Chennai honoured her during their Inauguration of their 20th Anniversary on 14 December 2014.
- “For her contributions to this Sabha since its inception.” The citation read: ‘The award recognises the sincere and dedicated work of senior musician Smt Shobha Sekhar in Australia and other foreign countries, to keep aloft our art and music traditions among the youth of the coming generations, not to mention the joy of music she has given to all music lovers.‘
She has performed at prestigious Sabhas such as Chennai Music Academy (twice 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 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 also has pioneered to take Indian Music to Australian Universities. She lectures at University of Melbourne and Melbourne Polytechnic, teaching Indian Classical Music to Undergraduate Bachelor of Music students, Postgraduate and PhD students.