About VDS


VDS Arts Academy was named after late Shri.V.D.Swami, a great connoisseur of  Music  and Dance, was  inaugurated  on  16.11.1995  by the  great  musical  Giant `Sangeetha Kalanidhi’ Semmangudi Shri. R.Srinivasa Iyer.

VDS Arts Academy stands for TALENT REVEALING OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMME (TROP) for the young artists from the age group of five to twenty, in revealing  their talents in fine arts like Carnatic Music, Dance, Instruments and other form of classical arts. The Scheme and the application details this.

The academy and the scheme is the brain child of  Shri. M.Chander, President of the academy. The academy has celebrated Thirteen anniversary programmes from 1996 to 2008, leading artists gave concerts at our academy in the anniversary functions earlier and sofar performed year wise as special programme, details below:

VDS ARTS ACADEMY was proud to have great occasions when Semmangudi Sri.R.Srinivasa Iyer, Mr. K.V. Narayanswami, Mrs. D.K. Pattammal, Mr.L. Subramanian and other leading artists have made their visits to the academy on one function or the other apart from number of leading artists and gurus of the music world, who have visited and appreciated the theme behind this VDS Arts Academy’s programme.

1996 Padmashree Mrs. Chitra Visweswaran (Dance) & Mrs. S. Sowmya (Vocal)
1997 Students of Mr. Dhananjayan’s (Dance) & Mrs. Nithyashree Mahadevan (Vocal)
1998 Mr. Kadri Gopalnath (Saxophone)
1999 Mr. N. Vijay Siva (Vocal)
2000 Neyveli Sri. Santhanagopalan (Vocal)
2001 Mr.M. Balamurali Krishna (Vocal)
2002 Mr. U.P. Raju & Mrs. Nagamani Raju (Mandolin)
2003 Mr. M.S. Gopalakrishnan (Violin)
2004 Sangeetha Kalanidhi Mr. T.V. Sankaranarayanan (Vocal)
2005 Dr. R. Ganesh (Vocal)
2006 Sangeetha Kalanidhi Madurai Sri. T.N. Seshagopalan (Vocal)
2007 VAA – Prize winners
2008 Mr. T. M. Krishna (Vocal)
2009 Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. N. Ramani – Flute & Party
2010 Sikkil Sri. C. Gurucharan & Party
2011 VAA Prize Winners

VDS ARTS ACADEMY, a wing of Muthukrishnan Memeorial club is under the auspices of M.O.P. VAISHNAV COLLEGE for WOMEN and under the main sponsorship of VDS Group, MUTHUKRISHNAN MEMORIAL CLUB and other co-sponsors.

The programme of this academy, conducted during every Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with one week Music /Instruments and anotherweek Dance, through out the year and appears in THE HINDU, Times of India, Dinamalar etc.

The academy has a panel of Expert Committee members (musicians) to select the artists by Audition/Interviews to perform concerts/programmes at the academy.

From time immemorial music has cast a wonderful spell on humanity. The soothing effect, the enjoyment, the pep and the solace that one gets out of music, has made it a part and parcel of our every day life. Recently a leading Doctor in Chennai presided over a day’s programme of a child artist and said that he operates a patient and prescribes a post operative medicine and he makes it a mention a first item as `LISTEN TO LOT OF MUSIC’ as he is convinced in his professional experience that music is one of the best medicines for human system.

More specifically, the classical music is a great heritage that is passed on to us by great divine touch to it. We feel that it is our duty to nurture, support, give opportunity and pass it on to the posterity. We are aiming to do our bit in this direction and confident that we will succeed sustaining our services in this objective with all your blessings and good wishes.