Saturday, 26 February 2011

Sadhana Shikhara Gaurava Puraskaara - Awaarded to Susheela Acharya

A Report in Udayavani Mumbai (Kannada) 26th Feb 2011


Smt. Susheela Acharya



Sadhana Shikhara Gaurava Puraskaara awarded to 
Dr. Kulkarni, Susheela Acharya, M N Suvarna
Mumbai Feb. 25

The Karnataka Sangha Mumbai's annual Sadhana Shikhara Gaurava Puraskaara has been bestowed on senior literary laureate Dr G V Suvanra, Susheela Acharya and Guru M N Suvarna.


Smt. Susheela Acharya


Hailing from a small town called Karkala in South Kanara, Smt. Susheela Acharya’s talents could not be hidden right from childhood. She was active in both school plays as well as in singing sessions. Her talent, common to most of her 5 siblings, was nurtured by her father, who would invite even street singers to sing and teach the children a few songs, in return for a full-fledged meal or even an occasional shirt!

After marriage to Shri S V Acharya, she moved to Mumbai and continued to take part in many amateur plays in Kannada, mostly under the direction of Shri S R Suvarna or late Shri K J Rao, along with her husband. These included hits like Dharma Duranta, Satyam Vada Dharmam Chara, Raadheya, and Tottilu Toogida Kai.

Her favourite instrument was the harmonium on which she has accompanied many well known singers and haridasaru over the years. With her vast knowledge of classical Hindustani music, she excelled in directing musical orchestras and group singing. Her large circle of family members and friends formed her core team for desha bhakti and light music. She has directed many delightful musicals for Mysore Association, and was actively involved in the musical events of BSKBA (Gokul). She has also been invited by Chembur Karnataka Sangha on many occasions for providing such musical feasts.

She was eagerly courted by the Chinmaya Mission for her musical talent, and in this involvement she found her fulfilment. She regularly taught devotional music to the young and old. She took to composing tunes to poems, and also penning new lyrics. She directed several audio-visual musical programs under the auspices of Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, with guidance from Swami Chinmayanandaji.

She has inspired her 4 children and 4 grand children to keep her tradition of singing alive and well. Even today at age 80, she readily complies with requests to compose songs for special occasions, and can be relied to come up with brilliant composition within 24 hours. That is the level of her devotion to the art and to God!

She has been honoured by many institutions in Mumbai and the Karnataka Sangha Mumbai award is evidence of the high esteem she is held in by the people of Mumbai.
Uday Acharya
http://www.udayacharya.com/


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Dedication



A distant mellifluous flute….
A rhythm that chimes in our hearts…
A beam of sun that reflects pure…
A silence that allures 

A tune you can’t stop humming over again…
A soft gush from the river and rain…
A spoken word that spellbinds…
A loving gaze that feels like an embrace…
A walk, a presence that invokes reverence ….
In my heart, in every musical space I explore…
Amma, I seek your silent grace, I seek your silent grace …..

Dr. Subha Giridharagopal





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4 comments:

Shailaja said...

Well deserved Award conferred on you Chikkamma....

Uday Acharya said...

When I read your message on Susheela amma's felicitation, I was overwhelmed with the love and respect for her that always remember to carry with me. Please find attached here, a very personal poem dedicated to Amma. Our life has a way of gravitating to things we hold close to our heart, in so many beautiful ways.
With love, Subha
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Chinmaya Naada Bindu said...

Amma you are great...
Pranams to you...

Himanshu said...

Amma is always an inspiration for me..