For Anayadi Dhanalakshmi, music is not just a passion but her bloodline. Born into a music family, Dhanalakshmi is definitely got her roots strong. Both her parents were music teachers, however it was her father’s brother, Anayadi Prasad, who was taught her the first basics in Carnatic music. Her passion for Carnatic classic grew from all the training she received from her family.
The school competitions that she took part and her undying passion for music were her Launchpad into deciding on her future career, which was definitely music and nothing else. Dhanalakshmi won all the competitions she took part in her school and was also the KalaThilakom- the title given to the winner who takes home the maximum prizes or points, in many of those events. After passing her 10th grade, she joined Music College, Trivandrum- the premier music institute in the state, for doing her Pre-degree course and also as the first step in paving out her music career. While doing her Pre-Degree course in music, she took private classes for Carnatic Classics under Vaiyankara Madhusoodan and later from Pallkulangara Ambika Devi, both of them who were renowned Carnatic musicians. She completed her masters in music from the Dept of Music in University of Kerala but never did leave out without coveting the first rank for her Masters. Surely she never felt enough on grounding her career as she then completed her MPhil in Music from Women’s University, Kodikanal under the guidance of the famous musician, Mrs. Ommanakutty, who was also the former Principal of the Music College, Trivandrum.
Dhanalakshmi, won the Prestigious Chembai Music Award of the Kerala state in 2007. She has performed in many stages across India. At present, Dhanalakshmi is working as the Asst. Prof for Music in Govt College, Palakad. In her music portfolio which is getting bulkier, her major additions apart from her degrrees, were the Christian devotional songs that she tuned in Carnatic classics and the two Hindu devotional songs she composed for her family deity under the guidance of B.Sasikumar. Dhanalakshmi feels her ongoing music journey would have been possible without the blessings of her parents, gurus, her husband and lastly her 11 month year daughter- Madhavi, for whom Dhanalaksmi is just waiting for her to grow up to teach her first music lessons.
We at Ente Salabhanjika, wishes her All The Very Best in her Music Career.