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Brickfields Music Student Tops University Of Madras

Last update: 21/06/2009
By P. Vijian

CHENNAI, June 21 (Bernama) -- Finally, Malaysian Shobha Janardanan is closer to achieving her much-cherished ambition to become a Carnatic music singer after emerging as the top student at the University of Madras.

The 35-year-old music lover from Brickfields took up the challenge by quitting her job as a management consultant to pursue her music career and enrolled in the Masters of Arts (Indian Music) programme, a course in Carnatic music, in the university based here.

Janardanan, who arrived in Chennai under the ASTRO Performing Arts Scholarship, scored the highest marks with 83 per cent in her MA project, to beat 15 other students in her class.

"I was very focused and aimed to be the best student. Since I had been working for some years, I could manage my studies better.

"I spent more time in activities which I gained from, and felt I could achieve it," Janardanan told Bernama Sunday.

She completed her two-year programme last month and plans to return to Malaysia to continue her music career.

Prior to her MA, Janardanan completed her Certificate in Carnatic Music at the same university.

With this academic result, she is the first Malaysian to graduate from University of Madras' Music Department (under the regular programme).

"I am still a student of music, I want to improve myself and be better equipped.

"Over the next few years, I would like to be more involved in research and at the same time, perform (singing)," she added.