It is not often that a musician devotes a lifetime integrating a western instrument into an extremely traditional and strict system of classical music. Kadri Gopalnath took along with him the rigid system of Carnatic classical music and improvised alongside.
She wrote about female sexuality, self-realisation and the pain of loss at a time when women mostly wrote on conservative themes. Remembering the rebellion of poet Amrita Pritam, who would have turned 100 yesterday
An interesting name in the list is that of singer Suresh Wadkar, still remembered for his songs in the Kamal Haasan and Sridevi-starrer Sadma. It is not often that a name from Bollywood makes it to the coveted list by the Akademi.