Source: The Hindu; Author: Venkatesan Srikanth; Photo Courtesy: S. Siva Saravanan

Like many children, Gayathri Venkataraghavan too took to music at a young age, rather by force of her parents. Her parents were very serious in imparting Carnatic music to the child and even named her after the child prodigy ‘Baby’ Gayathri of those days (now Veena artiste E. Gayathri). So began her tutelage under a number of gurus like Rajalakshmi, Padma Veeraraghavan, Rukmini Ramani, V. Subramaniam and Lakshmi Natarajan. Her advanced training was under a very dedicated guru A. Sundaresan. She is currently under the guidance of veteran P.S. Narayanaswamy. Today Gayathri is a popular Chennai-based Carnatic vocalist and a sought after artiste, performing regularly in India and abroad.

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Gayathri Venkataraghavan. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan