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Dr.KSS, as he's known, is a veena player in the Karaikudi Veena Tradition. He is the grandson of Karaikudi Subbarama Iyer and adoptive son of Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer. Patantara's beginnings are tied to the pedagogy of Dr.KSS practiced at Brhaddhvani. He's been both instrumental and supportive of all our efforts towards making high quality distance music education possible right from Patantara's origins back in 2013 or so.
Mathuriga and Thenuga Thevapalan
Mathuriga (@mathuriga) and Thenuga (@ThenugaST) are Danish citizens of Sri Lankan origin who're currently learning veena in Gurukulam manner from Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian, at Brhaddhvani, in Chennai. Patantara owes a lot to the Thevapalan sisters for their constant support (and patience) from the moment they began using Patantara for their own learning.
Mathuriga, alongside her training at Brhaddhvani, is currently also pursuing a Masters by Research at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
Thenuga, alongside her training at Brhaddhvani, is currently pursuing a Research Master’s degree in music at University College Cork, Ireland.
Divyanand is a professional South Indian (Carnatic) Classical musician of the Saraswati Veena based in London. He hails from an Indo-Scottish Heritage. He is a prime student of Veena maestro Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian, a ninth generation musician from the illustrious Karaikudi Veena Tradition and founder of Brhaddhvani.
Divyanand has extensively toured North America and Europe with his guru. He has been a faculty and cultural coordinator at the research institute Brhaddhvani since 2010 and has supported the Veena craftsmen and curated several music festivals in Chennai. His interests also extend to cross-cultural collaborations with world musicians, Ethnomusicology, sound engineering, archiving music & heritage.
He is the founder of ‘Brhaddhvani Global Centre for Music’ in the UK to spread the Karaikudi Tradition and his guru's pioneering methodology COMET (Correlated Objective Music Education and Training).