I present to you Shri B. Devendrappa, the Akademi Award Winner for vocal music of the Karnatak School. Shri B. Devendrappa was born in Mysore in 1900. He had his early training under his father Shri B. S. Ramiah. Later he studied vocal music under Shri Bidaram Krishnappa and instrumental music under Veena Subbanna and Veena Seshanna. He has also had the guidance of Shri Thitte Nara- yana Iyengar in his pursuit of music. Shri Devendrappa has received much honour for his services to music. Apart from being a distinguished vocalist, he has served the cause of music as an eminent teacher of music and by assisting the Mysore University as a member of its Board of Studies. Both as a singer and an instrumentalist Shri Deven- drappa has upheld the great tradition of the past.