Born on 7 November 1934 in Cuttack, Shrimati Sunanda Patnaik received her initial
training in music from Kundala Adi Narayana, and later honed her art under
Vinayak Rao Patwardhan of the Gwalior gharana. As a student, she was privileged
to receive a scholarship in music from the first President of India, Dr Rajendra
Prasad. She is a top grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan.
Over a long concert career, Shrimati Patnaik has performed in many prestigious music festivals in India and abroad. She has also sung regularly on All India Radio and Doordarshan. To disseminate her learning in music among a new generation of practitioners, Shrimati Sunanda Patnaik established the Vishnu Vinayak Sangeet Ashram in Calcutta, commemorating the chief musical influences in her life. There she has trained a number of promising Hindustani musicians over the years. She has many recordings to her credit.
Shrimati Sunanda Patnaik receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for her contribution to Hindustani vocal music.