New England music legend Durga Krishnan receives 2022 lifetime achievement award

Durga Krishnan

BURLINGTON, MA — Durga Krishnan, a Carnatic music legend from New England who has been teaching music for more than 50 years, received the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Friday at the 19th Annual Woman’s Awards Gala of the Year at the Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA.

“I feel very humbled to receive this lifetime achievement award,” Ms. Krishnan said. “There are a lot of people who have done really exceptional things for the community who have not been recognized. While some of them may still have time to see their achievements rewarded, others have passed their lifespan. I accept this award on behalf of all these greats.

A graduate of the Carnatic Music College, Chennai, with degrees including one as an advanced teacher’s certificate, Ms. Krishnan is one of the leading disciples of the late veena legend Dr. Chittibabu and has accompanied him on numerous albums and on the scene.

“It was a very well organized and executed program. I am very impressed with the punctuality from start to finish,” Ms. Krishnan said.

Jayant Sinha, Chairman of the Indian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance, who was the guest of honor at the Woman of the Year awards gala, presented the award to Mr. Krishnan.

Ms. Krishnan, who received further training under the late violin maestro Padmabhushan Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, has lived, taught and performed in the Boston area since 1977 and had many successful arrangetrams. She also gives lectures, demonstrations and workshops at well-known educational institutes including Harvard University, Boston University, Tufts, Berklee College of Music, Wellesley College and the Museum of Fine Arts. from Boston.

Additionally, Ms. Krishnan has composed and conducted the music for several stage productions by local Bharathanatyam teachers. Her video of her original composition “Two Faces of Rain” was performed at the International Climate Conference in Glaxo, Scotland in 2021. She has also worked with well-known jazz musicians and performed in fusion concerts.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to extraordinary individuals by INDIA New England News, one of the nation’s largest print, online and video magazines covering the Indian and South Asian community.


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