Title: Musician, Musician Educator
Location: Washington DC, United States
Shubha Sankaran, Musician and Musician Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in playing and teaching surbahar.
Music struck a chord in Ms. Sankaran’s heart at an early age and she knew it was her destiny in life to pursue a creative life. With hard work, talent and discipline, she has carved out a successful career in teaching and performing music. While she earned a Bachelor of Science with honors from Jadavpur University in 1969, she is a self-taught musician and credits this accomplishment to her keen observation. Ms. Sankaran knew she wanted to play and perform music, but it wasn’t until relocating to the United States that she realized the value in teaching. She not only taught her students a great deal, but she has also learned a lot about music in this process. In addition to teaching, she became president of the Dhrupad Music Institute of America in 211 and has been the artistic director of the International Music Associates.
In recognition of her talent and abilities, Ms. Sankaran has received a number of accolades. She received a Gold Medal in the All Pakistan Music Conference in 1990 and was presented with an apprenticeship grant from the DC Commission for Arts and Humanities. She has also received the Saeeda Khan Memorial Award from the All Pakistan Music Conference. In addition, Ms. Sankaran received a travel grant to Pakistan via the Sanjan Nagar Institute Philosophy and Arts and was presented most recently with an artist fellowship at the D.C. Commission of Arts and Humanities from the National Endowment Arts. In reflection of her career, Ms. Sankaran hopes to be remembered by her peers as an honest musician who has striven to do her best. She is proud of never having taken shortcuts and remaining serious and engaged with music.
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