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While Carnatic music is her chosen path and she is completely immersed in regaling with soulful and pristine music, Sudha has also begun to explore other realms.

Her foray into film music happened by accident, when she was actually submerged in her core career path of classical music, continuing to explore, to seek greater vistas. After some soul searching and convincing herself that she could create her own unique style while she diversified, she gently tread on this different path.

Virtually choosing the songs, in her own intuitive and assessing fashion, Sudha has done some very memorable numbers in Tamil and Malayalam. You would be in for a surprise if you thought that all her film numbers were carnatic based. "Move over ye purists, here I come to regale in the colors of the rainbow" would be an ideal summation of one’s thoughts when one listens to the very offbeat and unique numbers rendered by Sudha.



Film songs and patriotism on one hand, the diversification still was not enough. A good friend prodded her saying that along with her ‘paattu’ that has adorned many a heart, let her ‘pattu’ also embellish many a wardrobe. Thus began the story of Pothys and the ‘Parampara Pattu’! With some hesitation, Sudha decided to take the plunge and dabble with this new vista called ‘modelling’, doing it for two consecutive years.

Pattum Paattum

This was the theme for an eventful morning on 4th December,2008 at the GRT Grand Days Hotel - a press meet and an opportunity to interact with Sudha Ragunathan, arranged by Mr. Ramesh, Managing Director of Pothys, the silk barons. The brimming hall, filled with rasikas, well wishers, friends, fans and a host of press personnel, was all set to watch the morning unfold. The event began with an introduction by Mr. Gowrishankar on the Parampara silk saree and a presentation on the products of Pothys. This was followed by a screening of the ad film featuring Sudha. It was now Mr. Ramesh's turn to address the audience and what a session it was! He unfurled some mind boggling incidents that happened during the shoot that quite stumped the audience.




Sudha Ragunathan has been awarded the Sangita Kalanidhi for the year 2013, one of the most prestigious awards in Carnatic music. The occasion called for a celebration of sorts…a celebration not only for the Award, but also a celebration of Sudha’s journey to this destination. This book traces her life in music from the high point of the Sangita Kalanidhi, through her decades of growth as a musician, the period with her illustrious guru Padma Bhushan Dr. M.L.Vasanthakumari and then dwells on her early years. Sudha Ragunathan lives life to its fullest- excelling in her art, engaging her rasikas, staying involved in social work and spending time with the family. The perfect-perfect icon for tradition in the modern world, Sudha carries to the future the torch for the ancient art of Carnatic music in her own distinctive style. Her journey in life and music reflects wholeness - Sampurna.

The Coffee Table Book was launched on 4th January, 2014 by Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner with copies being received by legendary Director Padma Shri K Balachander and legendary musician Padma Bhushan Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna. The launch was held at Rain Tree, Anna Salai, Chennai.


Photos and videos of the event








Sudha alongside famous and revered personalities who have left an imprint in her life…




Sudha off stage is a very congenial person, a loving mother, a doting wife, a wonderful friend and a concerned citizen. She is a person who strongly trusts the power of positive thinking and believes that this attitude has helped her scale every peak that she has encountered. She also is an avid reader with Sidney Sheldon and Danielle Steel among her favourite authors.

Inspite of her extremely busy schedule, she makes a conscious effort to spend time with her family. She loves to play a game of cards or catch a good movie with her husband, Ragunathan and her two children Kaushik and Malavika.

She loves to travel and see places and her concerts around the world give her an opportunity to do this. She feels specially nostalgic about Venice and always imagines having a concert somewhere on the gondolas.

She has a lot of ‘chinna china aasais’ which include collecting idols of Ganeshas ranging from the size of a finger - nail to the size of a new born baby. The count is now at 600 and continues to grow. Dolls from different parts of the world add beauty to her shelves at home.

Samudhaaya Foundation was founded by Sudha as part of her efforts towards the betterment of the society.




A display of Sudha`s colourful attire that lights up the stage…




Chief Guest, Guest of honor, participation, Judge, orator, mediator….. here are a host of roles Sudha plays in society…and here are some frozen moments….





...precious moments with her friends, fans and loved ones.


Sudha Ragunathan's Official Fans Page

Sudha Ragunathan is the 'Numero Uno' Performer - Is it by Design or by Chance (luck).... An analysis - Prof. V. Sivakumar, Washington DC, USA
Thoughts and emotions from Pathmarani, Malaysia.

Isaikku kavi vaazhthu…N.Mythili
Mudunuri Leela Devi's thoughts on Sudha's performance for the Fine Arts Society, Mumbai
Poetry from P.Sivagnana Subramanian, Paris, France




Our mother is the sweetest and
Most delicate of all.
She knows more of paradise
Than angels can recall

She's not only beautiful
But passionately young,
Playful as a kid, yet wise
As one who has lived long.

Her love is like the rush of life,
A bubbling, laughing spring
That runs through all like liquid light
And makes the mountains sing.

And makes the meadows turn to flower
And trees to choicest fruit.
She is at once the field and bower
In which our hearts take root.

She is at once the sea and shore,
Our freedom and our past.
With her we launch our daring ships
Yet keep the things that last.

Malavika (Daughter of Sudha Ragunathan)