Dr. Kirthana Kunikullaya U is a trained Carnatic classical & Sugama sangeetha vocalist, holding the responsibility of being Asst. director of “Kalamshu”, with a solid academic background. She is a university topper (I Rank) in MD (Physiology) exam (Rajiv Gandhi University of health sciences, Karnataka), working as Asst Professor at a well-known medical college in Bangalore. Besides, she is researching on ‘Music as medicine – the impact of healing ragas’ – funded by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt of India & published scientific papers on the same. This mirrors the career she has chosen, one that allows her to bridge two quite distinct interests: music and medicine, in many ways.
Her early years of training were under the able gurus Vid. Deepa Nataraj, Vid. Nagaveni, Vid. T Sharada and Sri Raju Ananthaswamy. She is a proficient & a graded artist of Carnatic classical vocal & light music. She has also given performances on important platforms like Indian Institute of World Culture, Indian Institute of science, Indian council of Cultural Relations, Yavanika, Vijayanagar Sangeetha Sabha, Bangalore, TTD at Tirupathi, Delhi Karnataka Sangha - New Delhi, Savai Gandharva Hall - Hubli & many more.
Kirthana’s melodious voice & talent has won her many recognitions, honours & awards. A senior grade artist in sugama sangeeta, she was adjudged the Best singer at state level, winning Gold Medal, honored for best talent by Delhi Kannada Sangha – New Delhi, felicitated at Savai Ghandarva Hall - Hubli, won the prestigious ‘Aryabhata Award’ for excellence in Sugama Sangeeta, sung for a couple of cassettes and an invitee at ‘Yuva Kalavidara Samaavesh’ conducted by Dept. of Kannada and Culture. She has been a Graded artist in AIR. She is a recognized teacher & examiner for music exams of KSEEB Board, Govt of Karnataka.
She has rendered her voice for various dance performances. She was one among the chosen artists in the musical feature on ‘Mysore Composers’ lead by Prof. Vid. Nagamani Srinath at Jaganmohana Palace, Mysore & Malleshwaram Seva Sadana, Bangalore. She has attended various workshops to enrich herself including that conducted by music stalwarts such as, Sri Raju Ananthaswamy, Vid. Nagamani Srinath, Vid. R K Srikantan etc. Her skill is being further embellished under renowned gurus Vid. Srinath & Vid. Nagamani Srinath.
Her love for music has never distanced Kirthana from music in spite of busy and hectic schedules. Nevertheless, she finds time to train young aspirant singers. She is known for her meticulous & principled training of her disciples in music. Her students are out with flying colours, most of them scoring distinction. Thus is the ardour for music of Dr.Kirthana.