Prameela Gurumurthy

Dr. Prameela Gurumurthy wears many hats — thinking musician, musicologist, administrator, culinary expert, etc. Her doctoral thesis, ‘Kathakalakshepa - A Study,’ contains a fund of information that would stimulate interest in this art form. Being the daughter-in-law of S. Rajam gives her yet another dimension.

Prameela studied music at QMC. Her gurus were T.K.Govinda Rao, Mudikondan Venkatrama Iyer, B. Rajam Iyer, TMT, K.R.Lakshmi, Mukthamma and Mahadeva Bhagavathar. The idea was to learn from such masters and thereby evolve her own pattern which would rest on a strong base. She has done her M.A. in Music as well as Masters in philosophy before taking up a Ph.D.

She made a deep study of the Katha Kalakshepam art form as practiced in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Bannibai and Embar took her to a different world. She prefers to present a combination of music and discourse, a Kathakalakshepam in its present day idiom.

Prameela Gurumurthy says in her doctoral thesis: “The art of Kalakshepa could be made use of to spread the message of communal and religious harmony, educate the rural and urban citizens on the eternal values of our culture. It could be performed in a link language in different parts of the country.”