MR Sathyanarayana - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Day 2
1:45 pm

ಗಮಕ: The Mahabharata in Song

MR Sathyanarayana and SN Sridhar


Dr. M R Sathyanarayana is the son of renowned Gamaki, Gamaka Scholar and Founder of Karnataka Gamaka Kala Parishat – Gamaki Sri M Raghavendra Rao.

MRS has been reciting Gamaka from a very young age and has performed on some of the most prestigious stages across the state till date. Apart from being one of the most renowned Gamakis of his times, MRS has also actively worked towards publicizing and spreading Gamaka beyond boundaries and inspiring younger generations to learn this ancient and rare art form.

MRS is a former Sr. Program Executive- AIR, Bangalore. During his tenure, he conceptualized and directed programs such as ‘KannaDada KaNmaNigaLu’, ‘Amruthasinchana’, ‘Kavya Samputa’ (Gamaka recital of major Kannada Classical literature) and so on both at AIR & Doordarshan.

He is a Former President of Karnataka Gamaka Kala Parishat and Former Co-ordinator at Saint Kanaka Dasa Research and Study Centre, Govt of Karnataka. He has been teaching Kannada Classics to National School of Drama students for the past 4 years.

He has authored well known Dance Drama Ballets, such as SharmiShTha and Pampa Kaavya Vaibhava. He continues to write articles on Gamaka and music in leading Kannada newspapers and magazines.

MRS is the recipient of the prestigious Rajyotsava Award, Sangeetha Nritya Academy Award, and Kempegowda Award amongst many more.

His vision is to popularize new age Kannada poetry like ‘Budha CharaNa’, ‘Charu Vasanta’, ‘Kanaka TarangiNi’ in Gamaka recitals just as is done with the classics.