Aruna Sairam

Bio of Aruna Sairam for Bonjour India 2018
Aruna Sairam is a Carnatic vocalist, composer, collaborator, humanitarian and speaker. In addition to her performances in India, from little hamlets to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, official residence of the President of India, Aruna has taken Carnatic music to the global arena, to prestigious venues including Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Carnegie Hall. Currently Vice Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi, she was appointed by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu as Advisor to the Department of Culture. Aruna works towards the musical education of underprivileged students, through the Nadayogam Trust, which she founded. Aruna is grateful for the training she received under her mother Rajalakshmi Sethuraman and her Guru, the legendary Maestro T. Brinda. She had mentorship from several masters throughout her musical journey. Her music erased geographic borders when she first incorporated Abhang, a Western Indian musical form, into a traditional, South Indian concert, as also in her collaborations with Dominique Vellard, since 1996. By interacting with national and international musicians, Aruna communicates beyond regional contexts, using melody as a language of human expression. Ms Sairam has been decorated with the Padma Shri, one of India’s prestigious civilian awards, for distinguished contributions to Indian culture and society.