L Athira Krishna
L Athira Krishna - Profile Of Classical Musicians

Athira Krishna is an internationally acclaimed prodigy violinist from India. She was born in Trivandrum, Kerala. She has an enviable musical lineage as the granddaughter of the illustrious Vidwan Shri GopalaPillai, fabulous musician of yesteryears who belonged to the renowned Tanjore tradition of Carnatic Music whose master-disciple lineage traced back to the Sri. Muthuswamy Dikshithar Carnatic trinity of the 18th century, and to Baluswamy Dikshithar, who first introduced the violin to Indian classical music.

Athira is the proud recipient of many coveted recognitions including the prestigious Guinness World Record for her unique 32 hour long Non-Stop Carnatic Violin Solo Concert. She is among the youngest Cultural Ambassadors of India taking the rich Indian classical music tradition to the nooks and corners of the world through her violin solo concerts and lec-dems.

Athira is the daughter of Sri. K. C. Krishna Pillai and Smt. S. Leela Kurup. Growing up within one of Kerala's most acclaimed musical families, she had her intensive training under her grandfather Sangitha Vidwan. Sri Gopala Pillai at a tender age. Athira also inherited the intricacies of South Indian classical music from her father acclaimed musician and noted Veena Player Sangitha Vidwan. Sri K. C. Krishna.

Athira showed prodigious music talent even as a toddler, when she would repeat back musical phrases she heard her father sing; her father is himself an established Veena Vidwan and vocalist. Athira switched over to violin from vocal at the age of 8 and was soon hailed a child prodigy. She started performing across the globe as a Carnatic Violin soloist from the age of 9.

Popularly hailed as the "Princess of Indian Violin", and aptly honored by the former First Lady of India Smt. Usha Narayanan as "The Musical Gem of India", Athira has represented Indian classical music at prestigious international music festivals.

Awards & Titles

• National Balashree Honour from India Govt 2001

• Prestigious Guinness World Record Holder 2004

• Limca World Record Holder 2004

• National Award for Excellence in Music 2007 from President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in association with Indian Music Academy (IMA).

• Princess of Strings Award 2006 from Rotasia World Conference.

• Infosys-EducationWorld Young Achiever Award 2007

• Honored with the title of "The Musical Gem of India" by former First Lady of India Usha Nrayanan, after Athira's concert at the Rashtrapati Bhavan 2002.

• Athira is the first and only Indian classical musician to perform at the prestigious International Music Festival Jazz Meets Classics in Germany.

• Leading Indian Magazine India Today rated Athira among the Chennai’s Top Ten Best Performers list in its Independence Day Special 2006 edition titled “Best of Chennai”.

• Athira became the First Indian Classical Musician ever to perform at the famed 1000 year old church at Kaiserwerth, Germany in 2005.

• In 2005 The Week Magazine featured Athira among the Young Achiever - Youth Icons of India along with Sachin Tendulkar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Viswanathan Anand.

• Yuva Kala Bharathi Award from Bharath Kalachar ,2009.

• Mannam Memorial Award from TNSS, 2010.