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V N Barathwaj
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V.N.Barathwaj is the grand nephew of (Late) Sri.S.SATYAMURTI-Freedom fighter,Silver tongued Orator and  Political Guru of (Late) Sri.K.Kamaraj-Former Chief Minister of TamilNadu and Kingmaker. He is the 13th direct descendent of SRIMAD APPAYYA DIKSHITAR (considered to be an Avatara of Lord Shiva in the 16th century)-the other Avatar being Sri.Adi Sankara (12th century).

He did his MBBS, MD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences,New Delhi. Though he is a Professional Radiologist and General Physician,he underwent the certificate course in Aerospace Medicine from the Institute of Aerospace Medicine,Bangalore.

He was the former Gen.Manager (Medical) –Medical Deptt.Head in Indian Airlines and is at present DGCA approved Class II Medical Examiner.He is a part time faculty in a Medical College and Director (Health Care Services) in Emergys Software.

He has attended and presented papers in many Domestic and International Conferences. He is aLife member of Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine,International Society of  Aerospace Medicine,Amity Alumni Association,Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) and an Elected Central Council Member of IR&IA.He was awarded the Fellowship of International Medical Sciences Academy (FIMSA) at the Convocation held in Dubai (Oct.2008). He was the All India Leader of the epoch making 96 days Junior Doctors Strike held in New Delhi during 1974.

He is well versed in Vocal Music-Carnatic Classical,Hindustani Light-Geet,Gazals,Bhajans and Rabindra Sangeet. Making his concert debut at the age of 13 under the auspices of A.I.F.A.C.S.,New Delhi,he has so far given over 250 concerts of Carnatic Classical and Light Music all over India and a few places abroad.

In 1974, he was honoured with the title of SURMANI (Pearl of Melody) at the Kal-Ke- Kalakar(Artistes of tomorrow)Sangeet Sammelan organized by Sur-Singar-Samsad of Bombay.He was also invited to give a concert of Carnatic Classical Music in the prestigious Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan at Bombay in 1974 along with Stalwarts like Sri.HariPrasad Chaurasia(Flute).

Among the many awards he has won,mention must be made of the 1st prize he obtained from MUSIC ACADEMY,Madras for rendering compositions of the “TRINITY”(Thyagaraja,Mutthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri)Alapana and Kalpana Swarapastaras and a “PONNADAI” from the inimitable Chemmbai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar.Incidentally Padmashri.Dr.L.Subramaniam(Violin)  and Sri.T.V.Gopalakrishnan(TVG)-Mridangam accompanied him during the same concert.He also received a prize from Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar in the competition held at Indian Fine Arts Society,Madras.

 
Musical Training

He had formal training in Carnatic Classical Music for nearly 18 years in Delhi under (Late) Sri.A.N.Sankara Sarma,who was a disciple of  Palakkad Rama Bhagavathar,Alathur Venkatesa Iyer and Alathur Brothers.Mr.Sameer Sarkar,a disciple of Playback Singer and Music Director Hemant Kumar taught him Geet,Bhajans and Rabindra Sangeet for 8 years.He learnt Gazals from Zafar Ahmed Khan,Ghanshyam Dass of Delhi and Mr.Khaja Bahauddin of Hyderabad.