Ongale N. Rangaiah

Shri Ongole Nidamanuri Rangaiah was born in 1937 at Kothakota village in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. He received his initial training in the Nadaswaram under M. Venka- tarathnam. Subsequently, his teachers were N.K. Raja Dorai Kannan and A.K.C. Natarajan. He also trained in vocal music under Alattur Srinivasa Aiyer. A professional Nadaswaram artist, Shri Rangaiah has performed in temples all over southern India — Srirangam, Thanjavur, Madurai, Chidam- baram, and Tiruvayaru to name but a few temple towns. He has also performed in sabhas at Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Calcutta, Mumbai and Delhi among other cities. He has been performing on All India Radio since the mid-1950s and in late years on Doordarshan. Shri Rangaiah has taught the Nadaswaram to students in many parts of Andhra Pradesh and has worked as head of the Department of Nadaswaram at S.V. Music College at Tirupati between 1981 and 1995. His students would number a few hundred today, among them Tirumangalam Meenakshi Sun- daran, V. N. Satyanarayana, and A.N. Kuppu Swami. He has been honoured for his work by many organizations in southern India. Shri Ongole N. Rangaiah receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion to Carnatic instrumental music.