Dr. Padma Sugavanam is an A-graded (PrasarBharati) Carnatic vocalist, and also an academician with a PhD in Sanskrit and Music from the Madras University. Padma has served as a Lecturer of Music for 10 years, in the Sri Venkateswara College of Music and Dance, Tirupati. She is a highly sought-after artiste who gave 60 performances in the last year 2016.
Born in Canada, Padma showed tremendous musical potential – and her parents relocated to India for her to train in the Gurukulam system. Commencing her training with SmtGeethaRamachandran, she later learned from Sangita Kala Acharya Smt Seetha Rajan of the Sri SemmangudiSrinivasaIyerbani, for over 20 years.
Padma was awarded a coveted A-grade as a special double-promotion when she was just 22 years old, which is a rare honour. She also received a gold medal in her MA degree around the same time. Padma aspired for academic scholarship alongside performing excellence, and hence pursued a PhD along with a faculty position in the SV college, Tirupati. She has also published several academic research papers, while simultaneously balancing a busy performing career.
Padma has performed in most major sabhas in India, and has also done seven international concert tours – the most recent being a 17-concert tour of US in Spring season 2016, followed by a tour of Singapore and Malaysia. Padma was awarded the Most Outstanding Vocalist award in her category in 2014, at the prestigious Madras Music Academy, and was subsequently promoted to the sub-senior category.
Padma has presented academic presentations and lecture-demonstrations at prestigious venues like the Madras Music Academy (morning academic sessions of the December music festival) and the Ivy League institution, the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)..