The Audio CD on Veena: Utsava Sampradaya Kritis
by Invis Multimedia has the recitals of Maya Varma, an eminent Veena artist. Maya Varma learned Veena from her mother Ahalya Thampurati, a descendent of Kerala Varma Valiakoyi Thampuran, also known as Kerala Kalidasan, of Ananthapuram Palace, Harippad. She is an expert concert and recording artist.
Dr. K. Omanakutty
Dr. Omanakutty hails from a family of musicians. Her father, Malabar Gopalan Nair was a gifted musician and mother was a disciple of Muthiah Bhagavatar. Initiated into the world of music by her father, Dr. Omanakutty learnt music under Mavelikkara Prabhakara Varma. She was also fortunate enough to have learnt Carnatic music from the great Shemmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and G. M. Balasubramanian. At the academic level, after graduation in science, Dr. Omanakutty did Gana Praveena, a course in music at the Sri Swathi Thirunal Music Academy. She also took M.A. and Phd. in Music from the Kerala University. Following the Gana Praveena course in music, Dr. Omanakutty started her career as lecturer in music at the Government Women’s College in Thiruvananthapuram. She retired from her teaching profession as the Professor and Head of the Department of Music, Kerala University in 2003. Dr. Omanakutty has been honoured on many occasions. Some of these include the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademi Award (1997), Madras Music Academy Award for Senior Performing Artist (for the years 1996 and 1997) and Best Singer Award by Gayan Samaj Bangalore (2005). She has also authored many books and produced CDs on Music. She is the founder Director of Sangeeta Bharati at Thycaud, Thiruvananthapauram. She is also the Prof. of Music Therapy, Pankaja Kasthuri Ayurveda Medical College, Thiruvananthapauram. Apart from teaching, she regularly gives concerts also.