Leela Omchery
A portrait of Leela Omchery who will be presented with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Traditional & Folk Music - Kerala by the President Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on October 26, 2004.jpg
Born1929
Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari, India
OccupationSinger, musicologist, writer
SpouseOmchery N. N. Pillai
AwardsPadmashri
Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy Award
Marunaadan Malayaali Award
Fellow – Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi
Sangeeta Kulapathi
Sangeet Kovida
Kalaacharya
Sangeeta Sarva Bhouma
Websitehttp://leelaomchery.org

Leela Omchery is a classical singer, musicologist and writer. She is known for her contributions to classical music and is a recipient of Padmashri award from Government of India for her contributions to Indian classical dance and music.[1]

Life

Leela Omchery was born in 1928 in Mankoyikkal tharavdu in Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu.[citation needed] Her parents were Parameswara Kurup and Lakshmikutty Amma.[citation needed] She started learning music from an early age under Karnatic music guru, Thiruvattar Arumugham Pillai Bhagavathar, along with her younger brother, late Kamukara Purushothaman, a classical and playback singer in Malayalam.[2] Hailing from a family of musicians, she had the opportunity to hone her music talents under the guidance of her grand mother and mother who were musicians in their own rights.[citation needed]

After early schooling in Kanyakumari, she obtained graduate degree in Carnatic music from Women's college, Thiruvananthapuram and continued her studies in Hindustani music at Punjab University and obtained another graduate degree.[citation needed] Her Master's degree came from Meerut University and she got her PhD in music from Delhi University.[3]

She is married to writer Omchery N. N. Pillai and resides in New Delhi. The couple has two children, S.D. Omchery and Deepti Omchery Bhalla, a classical dancer.[citation needed]

She has also written some short stories.[citation needed]

Career

Leela Omchery is presently working as a Professor in Kamukara School of Music, Dance and Research Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and as Professor and Principal of Trikalaa Gurukulam in Delhi.[4]

She is the President of Dakshina Bharati (a south Indian Women’s Organization) and Vice President of Swaralaya, Delhi.[citation needed]

She is an accredited Supervisor and Guide to Ph.D and M.Phil from various universities including Delhi, Kerala, Calicut, Baroda, Nalanda, and Bombay. She is also a member of the Selection Board of AIR, Doordarshan, ICCR, IGNCA, SNA (Delhi), Ministry of Culture and IGNOU.[citation needed]

She has also worked as the Associate Professor and Head, Karnatak Music Section, Faculty of Music & Fine Arts, University of Delhi (1964–1994). She also served as Editorial Staff of Indian Music Journal, Vageeshwari, (1975–1994).[citation needed]

Works

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English

Title Publisher Year
Indian Music and Allied Arts (5 volumes) Sandeep Prakashan, Delhi 1990
Gleanings in Indian Music Sandeep Prakashan, Delhi 1991
Immortals of Indian Music Gyan Books, Delhi 1998

Malayalam

Title Publisher Year
Abhinaya Sangeetham Bhasha Institute, Kerala 1981
Paadavum Padhavum D.C. Books, Kerala
Keralathile Laasya Rachanakal D.C. Books, Kerala 2003
Chinakkara Koothu Paattukal Mudra Books, Delhi 2008
Leela Omcheriyude Pathangal Poorna Books, Kerala 2009
Karuna Cheyvanenthu Thamsam Krishna D.C. Books, Kerala 2011
Vettam Mangiya Kovil Paattukal Poorna Books, Kerala 2012

On Other Topics

She is also credited with over 200 published articles.

Awards and recognitions

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References

  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Academic Record | PROF. DR. LEELA OMCHERY". Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Career | PROF. DR. LEELA OMCHERY". Archived from the original on 20 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.

Further reading