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.
The Support Ecosystem is the community of individuals associated with Brhaddhvani who recognize the organization's contributions to society through research, documentation, pedagogy, publications, and recordings. Brhaddhvani was established thanks to the the benevolence and large-heartedness of the illustrious scholar Dr. Seetha, the former head of the department of Indian music at the University of Madras.
Over the past 30 years, Brhaddhvani has thrived, thanks to the philanthropic contributions of industrialists such as K.J. Seetharaman (International Shipping Corporation), S. Viswanathan (Enfield), N. Kumar (Sanmar), R. Seshasayee (Ashok Leyland), and R. Sivaramakrishnan (Chemical and Plastics).
The organization has been uplifted by the contributions of high-ranking professionals like N. Padmanabhan (Lawyer), N.R. Bhuvaragan (Art Critic-The Hindu), and G.T Sastri (All India Radio, Films Division of India), who have played a significant role in supporting Brhaddhvani and its vision.
Brhaddhvani is greatly indebted to renowned artists 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 others in the fields of music, dance, and theatre, who valued the vision and work of Brhaddhvani in its formative years. Thanks to their generous teachings and collaborations, Brhaddhvani stands out today with deep gratitude in its music history and among the people associated with it.
Brhaddhvani's music education has been strengthened by the intellectual support of internationally renowned professors, authors, composers, and artists. Esteemed individuals such as Prof. David Reck, Eero Hämeenniemi, Prof. Hans Neuhoff, Dr. Frances Shepherd, Prof. Richard Wolf, Prof. David Claman, and Ludwig Pesch have played instrumental roles in enhancing Brhaddhvani's educational initiatives.
The existence of Brhaddhvani is a testament to the visionary efforts of individuals who create institutions to support art and education. One such visionary is Mr. Anmol Vellani, a theatre personality who, during his tenure as a program officer with The Ford Foundation in the 1990s, was primarily responsible for securing three successive grants from the Ford Foundation and later facilitated a sustenance grant from the organization he founded, the India Foundation for the Arts. Another significant supporter of Brhaddhvani is Mr. Ramanan Raghavendran, co-founder of Impact Partners (now managing partner at Kubera), whose generous contributions provided essential funding to the organization. Recognizing Brhaddhvani's contributions to classical music, the Government of India has also extended its support through 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.