Vidushi Dr.Geetha Seetharam is a rank holder in M.A. (Psychology) B.Lib.Sc. and Vidwat (Proficiency in Karnatic Music Vocal).
After serving for 35 years, held the post of Head, Library and Deputy Director at CFTRI (Central Food Technological Research Institute), Mysuru, retired from Central government service.
Has procured doctorate in a rare field of Library and Information Science, Bibliometrics.
Over a period of twenty years, Vidushi Dr.Geetha Seetharam has contributed Six New Ragas to Karnatic Classical Music (a) Deepararshini (Janya of 14th Vakulabharana) (b) Jaysimha (Janya of 42nd Raghupriya) (c) Dayadyuti (Janya of 45th Shubhapanturali) (d) Shivadeepthi (Janya of 72nd Rasikapriya) (e) Shantibramha (Janya of 26th Charukeshi and (f) Sacchidroopa (Janya of 66th Chitrambari).
Another feather in her cap is that Dr.Geetha’s 101 compositions for Karnatic Music and Dance have been published by Karnataka Sangeetha Nruthya Academy, Bangalore, in 2015 through the Government of Karnataka Book Grant. The compositions are in Sanskrit, Kannada, Tamil and Hindi (See ‘Nada Nudi Sourabha’ under musical-oriented publications).
Dr.Geetha has written 10 novels, 4 short story collections, 5 plays, 2 edited books, 2 children’s literature, 1 critical essay, and 1 travelogue. This includes three translations one from English and two from Tamil (T.P.kailasam’s English play ‘The Brahmin’s curse; Kalki Krishnamurthy’s Tamil historical novel ‘Parthiban Kanavu’ and Cha Vishwanathan’s ‘Washingtannil Tirurumanam’ a hilariarious novel in Tamil).
Vidushi Dr.Geetha has choreographed ‘Tyagaraja Ramayana’ a musical feature in Kannada. 30 compositions of Saint Sri Tyagraja depicting the major incidents of Ramayana (beginning with Rama’s birth to Pattabhisheka) are translated to Kannada by Dr.Geetha and sung in the same ragas and talas of the originals. An explanation is given to each kriti describing the Ramayana episodes. The choreographic presentation is ably supported by violin and mridanga. A visual show of the sequences also adds colour. For those who cannot understand Telugu and Sanskrit this translation is a welcome one.
Dr.Geetha has written three musical plays in Kannada on the life and works of vaggeyakaras-Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, Vidwan T.Choudaiah and Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.
Dr.Geetha’s plays in Kannada ‘Bheeshma’, ‘Urmila’ and ‘Parade Sarisidaga’ have been radioplayed. Her play Mahaprabhu Jayachamarajendra Darshana has been broadcasted over the radio.
Dr.Geetha has written five English plays; which are not yet published (a) Purandaradasa: the great Haridasa (b) Kittur Rani Chennamma (c) Onake Obavva (d) Jhansi Rani Lakshmi Bai and (e) Keladi Chennamma.
Dr.Geetha with her husband Yogacharya Dr.A.R.Seetharam, a value Educationist has travelled world over and conducted workshops on ‘Achieving Excellence through Yoga and Music’. Dr.Geetha has conducted workshops on ‘Krishnamrutha’, ‘Pibare Rama Rasam’ and ‘Health benefits of Music’ in India and abroad.
Dr.Geetha is a visiting faculty to Sarada College of Education and Arts and Science College for Women, Ulundurpet, Tamilnadu; Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati; Bharatidasan University, Trichy; Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysuru (Lib.Sci.Dept), and University of Mysore (Lib Sci. Dep).
Dr.Geetha Seetharam is a faculty in Karntaka State Gangubai Hanagal, University of Performing Arts, Mysuru, since 2015. She teaches devotional music (Bhakthi Sangeetha) to the students of evening college certificate course (six months duration). The songs taught are kritis, devaranamas, ashtapadis, bhajans and vachanas.
Dr.Geetha has been the Director of her own music school ‘Geethanjali School of Fine Arts’ for the past forty years. She has been training students for junior, senior and vidwat examination. Branches of her music school are in Portland and California.
Her prose writing has been critically analysed as an M.A. thesis in 2015 by Kuvempu Kannada Adhyayana Samsthe, University of Mysore.
Dr.Geetha has brought out 9 audio albums and has rendered the compositions herself (see 3 to 11 under Music-oriented publications). Books with lyrics and notations in English and Kannada scripts are available with the audio albums.
Dr.Geetha Seetharam has received several accolades like Vishweshwarayya state level literary award, Puttanna Kanagal film story award; Masti Venkatesha Iyengar short story award; CSIR award for music composition; CSIR award for Library open access attempts; JSS Sangeetha Sabha 2016 award for contributions to Sangeetha Shastra (musicology) and Acharya Vidyaranya Rajyotsava award. She has been conferred the title ‘Natya Sahitya Shaarade’ by Layaabhinaya Foundation, Bangalore
Vidushi Dr.Geetha Seetharam has been felicitated as a Vaggeyakarti (music composer) by prestigious institutions like Shantala Academy, Bangalore; Nrutyalaya Trust, Mysore; Bhushan’s Academy, Mysore, Bramhavidya Trust, Mysore; Lasyaranjani Nrutya Shala, Mysore; Surabhi Trust, Mysore; Bramhakumari Eshwariya Vishwavidyalaya, Mysore; Bharatiya Vidya Bhavana, Mysore; Naadavidyalaya, Mysore; and Noopura Trust, Mysore.
Dr.Geetha Seetharam has been felicitated by the Graduate Cooperative Bank, Mysore and Himalaya Foundations during Rajyotsava Celebrations.
Dr.Geetha Seetharam has rendered Akashavani Radio concerts in classical and light classical music from All India Radio, Mysore for over 20 years. She has been rendering music concerts all over India and outside India in USA and Europe.
Dr.Geetha has choreographed music for Jayadeva Ashtapadis, Sri Sadashiva Bramhendra Kritis, DVG’s Antaphpura Geetegalu’, Rashtrakavi Kuvempu’s Ramayana Darshanam, Vajapeyam Srirangachar’s Sirinompi, (Kannada Tiruppavai); Smt.Indirabai Sheshagiri Rao’s ‘Aravinda Pushpamala’, Ramayana Krishnagiri Ramachandra Rao’s ‘24 Raga Ramayana Mangala’, devaranamas, vachanas and Bhavageetes,
Dr.Geetha has conducted, ‘Vaggeya Vybhava’ – a two day festival in 2013 through her ‘Geethanjali’ music school. The theme of the competitions was ‘compositions of Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar and compositions of Dr.Geetha Seetharam’. This was in connection with the 90th birthday of His Highness and 60th birthday of Vidushi Geetha. Music and dance competitions were conducted and music and dance recitals were organized based on theme.
Dr.Geetha has been a judge for CFTRI talent shows competitions at University of Mysore, RIMSE debate, Maharani’s Women’s College music competitions, Theosophical Seva unit music competition, Kuvempu Trust’s Ramayana Darshanam gamaka competitions and Yedu Tumbi Haaduvenu competition in E-TV Kannada.
Dr.Geetha Seetharam was the president of CFTRI, Welfare Association (2011); chief guest for Shabd a cultural festival of SJCE, Mysore, Bhooshan’s Academy Nrutyotsava (2012); Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Kanakadasa Jayanti (2013); Bramhakumari Eswariya Viswavidyalaya (2008); Nada Vidyalaya, Mysore (2012); Bramhavidya Trust (2014); Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Ulundurpet (2016); Maharani’s Science College, Mysore (2017); Kalaranga, Bangalore (2018).
Dr.Geetha with her husband Yogacharya Dr.A.R.Seetharam has been interviewed in Udaya T.V.
Parichaya programme in 2004.
Samvedane in 2009.
Vidushi Dr.Geetha Seetharam has been cited in
Karnataka Mahileyaru (Vol.I)
Ee Shatamanada Vaggeyakararu (Music Composers of this century)
Reference Asia (who’s who)
Karnataka Sangeeta Deepike
Geetha Bhavadhare (audio album on women music composers of Karnataka)
Sangeetatmaka Chintana Sourabha-cited chapter
Surabhi Sinchana, March issue 2015 – interview article.
Dr.Geetha has contributed her writings to the following publications
Kuvempu mattu Sangeetha in Kuvempu Shatamanotsava’s Kuvempu Darshana, University of Mysore.