Brhaddhvani was founded on the 30th November 1989, blessed by Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal of Kanchi Mutt.
The board of trustees during Brhaddhvani's formative years, in the nineties. Brhaddhvani owes its beginning to the blessing and philanthropic spirit of each and every one of the board whose contribution was crucial to the start-up of Brhaddhvani.
Support Ecosystem is the community of people associated with Brhaddhvani who recognized the value we add to the society through research, documentation, pedagogy, publications and recordings – all connected with a non-profit mindset, willing to give, serve and share.
It was because of the benevolence and large-heartedness of the illustrious scholar Dr. Seetha (head of the department of Indian music, University of Madras) that Brhaddhvani came into existence.
Brhaddhvani has been thriving for more than 30 years thanks to philanthropic industrialists such as K.J. Seetharaman (International Shipping Corporation) S. Viswanathan (Enfield), N. Kumar (Sanmar), R. Seshasayee (Ashok Leyland) R. Sivaramakrishnan (Chemical and Plastics).
High-ranking professionals such as N. Padmanabhan (Lawyer), N.R. Bhuvaragan (Art Critic-The Hindu), G.T Sastri (All India Radio, Films Division of India) uplifted Brhaddhvani and helped us pursue our vision.
Brhaddhvani owes a great deal to legendary artistes such as Dr. Sripada Pinakapani, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, K.V. Narayanaswami, Lalgudi Jayaraman, Dr. T. Viswanathan, Kalanidhi Narayanan, Chandraleka, Prof. Trichy Sankaran, Na. Muthuswamy, Fulguni Mitra and many other greats in music, dance and theatre, who valued the vision and work of Brhaddhvani in its formative years. It is because of their generous teachings and collaborations that Brhaddhvani stands out today with gratitude in its music history and the people associated with it.
Brhaddhvani's music education has been strengthened by the intellectual support of internationally famed professors, authors, composers and artists such as Prof. David Reck, Eero Hämeenniemi, Prof. Hans Neuhoff, Dr. Frances Shepherd, Prof. Richard Wolf, Prof. David Claman and Ludwig Pesch.
Of the individuals who are visionaries in creating institutions in support of art and education, Brhaddhvani owes its existence to the intelligence, mind and heart of a theatre personality, Mr. Anmol Vellani who, as a program officer with The Ford Foundation in the 90s, was primarily responsible for the three successive grants from the Ford Foundation and later a sustenance grant from the organization he founded, the India Foundation for the Arts. Another individual who valued Brhaddhvani, on his own was Mr. Ramanan Raghavendran, co-founder of Impact Partners (now managing partner at Kubera), who generously granted funds to Brhaddhvani. Recognizing its contributions to classical music, the Government of India has supported Brhaddhvani with a grant towards teacher’s training.
We see great value in people who support us with mind and heart in arts and education in the creation of a better world towards harmony and peace.