Murali Kumar

Murali Kumar is a celebrated violinist of South Indian Classical “Carnatic” music with nearly three decades of concert experience.

Murali Kumar is a virtuoso renowned for his silken touch, deep musical knowledge and versatility. Murali Kumar commenced learning violin at a very young age from violin vidwan Shri Kanchi Janarthanan in Chennai, India, and subsequently received advanced training from the legendary violin maestro Sangeeta Kalanidhi, Padma Bhushan Shri MS Gopalakrishnan. Murali Kumar has travelled around the world and won international acclaim for his artistic brilliance.

A resident of Melbourne, Australia, he is today one of the busiest and most sought-after musicians in Australia for Indian music and Indian classical dance performances. Apart from solo performances, he performs regularly in concert with vocal and flute artistes of Indian classical music, as well as accompaniment to Indian classical dance concerts – Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Mohini Attam.

As an accompanying violinist of Carnatic music he performs in concerts regularly with leading Indian vocalists and flautists. In 2007 Murali Kumar produced his first violin solo album titled “Mohana Rama” in 2007 which was released by Mrdangam maestro Shri Umayalpuram Sivaraman in Melbourne.

Murali Kumar is also a proficient performer of North Indian “Hindustani” music on the violin. He regularly performs in Hindustani violin solo and jugalbandi concerts with local and overseas artistes. He has also accompanied reputed Hindustani vocalists such as Pandit Vinayak Torvi, Pandit Babanrao Haldankar and Smt Aparna Gurav.

Murali Kumar is the founder and artistic director of RaagaSudha school of Carnatic Music in Melbourne which is dedicated to imparting and promoting Carnatic music to the next generation of aspiring Indian-Australian musicians. As a teacher of violin and vocal music he has been inspirational in creating and mentoring some marvellous young musical talent over the past decade, and his students are today performing regularly in concerts in Melbourne and around Australia.

Murali Kumar is the founding President of the Federation of Indian Music and Dance Victoria (FIMDV), an umbrella organisation of Indian classical music and dance schools of Victoria aimed at promoting Indian arts in the state of Victoria, Australia.

Awards & Recognitions

Murali Kumar has won several awards and recognitions:

  • “Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence” from the Governor of Victoria in 2010.
  • “Natya Kala Choodamani” award (“For Highest Achievement and Contribution”) for “invaluable contribution to Carnatic and Bharata-Natyam music” by the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy, Melbourne in 2003.
  • Performed on invitation at the prestigious “Holy Melbourne Concert 2008” function held as part of Unity in Diversity events at the Melbourne Town Hall.
  • “Sangeeta Kala Acharya” from the Kalakruthi School of Music, Melbourne “for his significant contribution as a teacher of Carnatic Music”.
  • Featured in the “Indian Aussies” photography project sponsored by the Australian Government featuring prominent Indian-Australians. Visit: http://www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/indianaussies/index.php/component/executives/?exe=6