Dr. Nirmala Kumari
, an acclaimed Sitarist, is an exponent of North Indian Classical music.Referring to her
extra-ordinary talent, Ustad Illyas said, 'Your music filled my soul with happiness'.
'She is steeped in music and totally devoted.With a fine understanding of raga and tala and the techniques of Sitar, she
has capabilities to rise to any heights in the field of performance' said Prof. K. C. Gangrade, former Dean, Faculty of Music and Benares Hindu University
. Nirmala is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Visual and Performing Arts and teacher of Sitar at the Indian Cultural Centre.Shawathi
, a non-profitable organization which organized the Swaranjali , is dedicated to the promotion of Eastern Classical music in Sri Lanka.Shawathi
is headed by Nirmala
.In this concert, she
is accompanied on Tabla by Dharshanapathi Chanaka Peiris and Shastrapathi Chandralal Amarakoon, Lecturer of the University of Visual
and performing Arts.
One of the important facets of Nirmala's outstanding career in music is her
extensive exposure to diverse traditions of music such as Western classical music and her
experience as a teacher of music. It should be mentioned here that after earning her PhD from Benares Hindu University, she had the opportunity of teaching at the University of Cologne in Germany.
For two years, she
taught North Indian Classical music at the University while attending workshops on diverse music traditions.
Apart from being a brilliant academic, Nirmala
has proved her
metal as a performing artist.Her
music recitals were not only aired over the All India Radio and Durdarshan TV but she
also performed at diverse Indian festivals of music.She
also took part in public competitions and earned a name and awards including the coveted award of Sarva Shreshtha Vadak (Best Performer) in 1980. She
has toured extensively and held concerts in important venues in Europe such as in Paris, Bonn, Wuppertal, Dusseldorff, Cologne, Munich, Koblenz and Hanover.
One of the significant aspects of Nirmala's performance is her
distinct style which is steeped in North Indian classical music.