Veena – Mrs. Saraswathy Uthayakumaran
Saraswathy Uthayakumaran is one of the most colourful personalities among the classical vocalists as well as an enlightened interpreter of classical Veena instrument. Mrs Uthayakumaran obtained her prestigious Diploma in vocal music in 1985 from Ramanathan Academy, which is affiliated to Jaffna University. She later secured her Diploma in teaching Veena from the Government of Tamil Nadu in India. This prominent Diploma led her to accomplish even more prestigious title ‘’Sangeetha Vidwan’’ in 1987 and later in 1988 she had her Samarpanam.
Having received rigorous training under various musical exponents such as Kalpakam Swaminathan, Rajalakshmi Narayanan and Saratha Sivananthan during a good part of her growing up years made her to master the Veena instrument and the consequent development of her own individual style has unfailingly had a spell bounding effect on those who have had the opportunity to listen to her. Mrs Uthayakumaran also has a wider experience and exposure in the international arena having staged several programmes worldwide. She has had the privilege to enlighten many young students at various schools in Sri Lanka, Canada and the United Kingdom to accomplish their potential. Mrs Uthayakumaran is also teaching veena at the Croydon Academy of Eastern Arts. Considering her vast knowledge in the Venna instrument and her mesmerising talents in teaching has secured her a position as an examiner at the Eastern Fine Arts Exam Boards in the United Kingdom and other European countries. It is no doubt that Mrs Uthayakumaran’s poignant performance has stirred many hearts.