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Geetha Ramanathan Bennett


Accomplished veena and vocal artist she is dedicated to continuing the tradition of her guru and father Sangeetha Kalanidhi DR. S. RAMANATHAN. This makes her one of the 6th generation representatives of the musical heritage of the Trinity (Thyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshidar and Syama Sastry) of Carnatic music. She is passing on this lineage to her students in the Los Angeles area by teaching vocal and veena. Geetha has performed extensively in India, the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and Singapore. She was the first veena player to perform in Hong Kong and has appeared in many prestigious venues and series. She has been awarded the highest rank, "A Top" for veena performance by All India Radio/TV for the last ten years. Her performances have been broadcast by Indian National T.V., All India Radio, the Singapore Broadcasting System, and Malaysian Television. Last year (2009) Indian Fine Arts in San Diego awarded Geetha with the title 'Sangeetha Kalaamani'. In December 2009 and 2006 Geetha was awarded the 'Best Veena player of the season' by Indian Fine Arts and Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai. She has also received the Dr. Padmavati Ammal Endowment Prize, the Chellapally Ranga Rao Award endowed by Sri Chitti Babu for her veena concert at the Madras Music Academy. In addition to her musical activities Geetha has established herself as an accomplished short story writer in the Tamil language. She has had more than one hundred publications. One of her stories has received the prestigious 'Ilakkiya Chindanai Award'.