This is Subramanya Sarma and Sujana. We come from the state of Andhra Pradesh in India . I am a Materials Scientist and did my M.Tech(1992-94) and Ph.D.(1994-98) in Metallurgical Engineering at IIT Madras. From 1998-99, I worked as Research Associate at IIT Kanpur. In February 2000, I was awarded the Post-Doctoral Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to do research at the Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, Germany. After completing the fellowship in July 2001, I worked at the same institute as a guest scientist till June 2004. In July 2004, I have joined IIT Madras as faculty in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering . My research interests, publications and other academic details are available here .
My wife (Sujana) is a talented vIna artist (A graded artist in All India Radio) and we have a great passion for Indian Classical Music especially carnatic music. I have recorded some of her vIna concerts and put on the web. Click HERE to listen to vIna music.
Naada Brahmas: (Muthuswami Dikshitar, Thyagaraja and Shyama shastry)
According to Indian Scriptures Music is God. Indian music is rooted in a spiritual backgound, creating a mood of meditation for self-realisation. Traditional Indian music has its roots in the Vedas and thus, in Indian culture and religion. The South Indian Classical music, Carnatic music has for long been a medium of expression of one's faith in Him. Carnatic music has received most of its direction and quality from personalities like Thyagaraja, Purandharadasar, Mudhuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastry. Tyagaraja devoted his life to the service of Lord Rama and in the process gave us the numerous gems. These immortal compositions were not made for the sake of music, but were born out of an act of expression of devotion-one which lasted his life time.