Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari, India
|Occupation||Singer, musicologist, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Omchery N. N. Pillai|
|Awards|| Padmashri |
Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy Award
Marunaadan Malayaali Award
Fellow – Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi
Sangeeta Sarva Bhouma
Leela Omchery is a classical singer, musicologist and writer. She is known for her contributions to classical music and is a recipient of Padmashri award from Government of India for her contributions to Indian classical dance and music.
Leela Omchery was born in 1928 in Mankoyikkal tharavdu in Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu. Her parents were Parameswara Kurup and Lakshmikutty Amma. She started learning music from an early age under Karnatic music guru, Thiruvattar Arumugham Pillai Bhagavathar, along with her younger brother, late Kamukara Purushothaman, a known classical and playback singer in Malayalam.Hailing from a family of musicians, she had the opportunity to hone her music talents under the guidance of her grand mother and mother who were musicians in their own rights.
After early schooling in Kanyakumari, she obtained graduate degree in Carnatic music from Women's college, Thiruvananthapuram and continued her studies in Hindustani music at Punjab University and obtained another graduate degree. Her Master's degree came from Meerut University and she got her PhD in music from Delhi University.
She is married to famous writer Omchery N. N. Pillai and resides in New Delhi. The couple has two children, S.D. Omchery and Deepti Omchery Bhalla, a renowned classical dancer.
She has also written some short stories.
Leela Omchery is presently working as a Professor in Kamukara School of Music, Dance and Research Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and as Professor and Principal of Trikalaa Gurukulam in Delhi.
She is the President of Dakshina Bharati (a south Indian Women’s Organization) and Vice President of Swaralaya, Delhi.
She is an accredited Supervisor and Guide to Ph.D and M.Phil from various universities including Delhi, Kerala, Calicut, Baroda, Nalanda, and Bombay. She is also a member of the Selection Board of AIR, Doordarshan, ICCR, IGNCA, SNA (Delhi), Ministry of Culture and IGNOU.
She has also worked as the Associate Professor and Head, Karnatak Music Section, Faculty of Music & Fine Arts, University of Delhi (1964–1994). She also served as Editorial Staff of Indian Music Journal, Vageeshwari, (1975–1994).
|Indian Music and Allied Arts (5 volumes)||Sandeep Prakashan, Delhi||1990|
|Gleanings in Indian Music||Sandeep Prakashan, Delhi||1991|
|Immortals of Indian Music||Gyan Books, Delhi||1998|
|Abhinaya Sangeetham||Bhasha Institute, Kerala||1981|
|Paadavum Padhavum||D.C. Books, Kerala|
|Keralathile Laasya Rachanakal||D.C. Books, Kerala||2003|
|Chinakkara Koothu Paattukal||Mudra Books, Delhi||2008|
|Leela Omcheriyude Pathangal||Poorna Books, Kerala||2009|
|Karuna Cheyvanenthu Thamsam Krishna||D.C. Books, Kerala||2011|
|Vettam Mangiya Kovil Paattukal||Poorna Books, Kerala||2012|
She is also credited with over 200 published articles.
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