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Sri Sripada Pinakini garu was born in 1913 and finished his M.B.B.S in 1932 and M.D in general medicine in 1938. Pinakapani served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Madras Medical College between 1944-49. He did not learn carnatic music in a systematic way. Pinakapani learnt music from the great violinist Sri. Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu. During his stay at Madras, he learnt the nuances from Sri. Rangaramanuja Iyengarwhose idle was none other than Veena Dhanammal and hence he imbibed Thanjavur bani from listening to great stalwarts at Madras. After his return to Andhara Pradesh, he established Thanjavur bani of Carnatic music and produced a galaxy of great musicians such as Voleti Venkateswaralu, Nedanuri Krishnamoorthy, Nookala Chinna Sathyanarayana, Gopalarathnam, Malladi Suribabu, father of Malladi Brothers. Sripada Pinakapani could notate even the minute details of carnatic music and had authored several books and his Gaanakalasarvasvamu is very famous. One of his books is translated in Tamil with the title “Manodharma Sangeetham” and it is a must for every carnatic music aspirant. Sripada Pinakapani was awarded Padma Bhushan from the Government of India ,Sangeetha Kalanidhi from the Madras Music Academy and Sangeet Nataka Academy Fellow in 2011. Tirupathi Devastanam awarded Sri.Pinakapani the highest honour with the title “Gana Vidya Varadhi” on his 100th birthday. One of his pupils Nedanuri Krishnamorthy was also awarded Sangeetha Kalanidhi from Madras Music Academy. Sri.Pinakapani considered Sri.Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar as the greatest carnatic musician and said,”Ariyakudi brought elegance to music”. Pinakapani imparted music to his pupils for free and never charged anyone.
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