Vijaya Devi of Kotda-Sangani (28 August 1922 - 8 December 2005), born Vijayalakshmi Ammanni, was the eldest daughter of Kanteerava Narasimha Raja Wadiyar and sister of Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar.[1]

She grew up in Chamundi Vihar, the palace of her father. She learnt piano from the nuns of Good Shepherd convent and later from Alfred Mistowsky of the Trinity College, London who was visiting Mysore.[2] She was also taught to play veena from Veena Venkatagiriyappa. In 1939, on a tour of Europe with her father, she met Sergei Rachmaninoff.

She married the prince of Kotda-Sangani in 1941. She moved to New York in 1947 with her husband, who had joined Indian Foreign Service. She studied at the Juilliard School of Music under Eduard Steuermann.

She founded the International Music and Arts Society in Bangalore.[2] The past patrons of the society have included the Governors of Karnataka, Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale, S. M. Krishna and Sri. Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar.

She had four daughters: Gita Devi Nath, Usha Devi Malavi, Urmila Devi and Shakuntala Devi, and five grand-children: Akshay Malavi, Priyam Malavi, Udaya Nath, Hanumant Nath and Anishaa Taraporvala.

She died on 8 December 2005 in Bangalore.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bhaktavatsala, M (10 January 2006). "End of a gentle glow". Archived from the original on 20 May 2006.
  2. ^ a b Sardana, Nikhil (1 December 2016). "Urmila Devi Kotda Sangani - Organising Secretary, International Music & Arts Society". Serenade. Retrieved 5 December 2021.