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Rev. Dr. Paul Poovathingal CMI, popularly known as 'Paadum Paathiri', disciple of Padmabhushan Dr. K. J. Yesudas and Chandramana Narayanan Namboothiri, is an ordained priest in the congregation of Carmalites of Mary Immaculate, a religious order founded by blessed Cyriac Elias Chavara. He is the first Christian Priest who has completed Ph.D. in Karnatic music in India. He has shown great aptitude in music right from his child hood. Though he was initiated into Karnatic music at the age 17 by Sodharan Bhagavathar, it is only after his priestly studies he started learning Karnatic music seriously. Nevertheless, during his studies in philosophy and theology at Dharmaram College, Bangalore, he continued his music education under the tutelage of vidwan Bangalore V. K. Krishnamurthy. After having graduated in English and Psychology from Christ College Bangalore, in 1992, he joined the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts in Delhi University and passed Sangita Shiromani course (B.A. Music) with first rank and passed M.A. Music with gold medal. In Delhi he learned music from Prof. T. R. Subramaniam, Dr. Guruvayoor T. V. Manikandan and Dr. Vasanti Rao
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Enthralling Music concert at Rashtrapathy Bhavan Thrissur 21.07.07 Fr.Dr.Paul Poovathingal CMI, Director of Chetana Academy ,Thrissur received a special mention from the President of India Dr.A P J Abdul Kalam during a classical concert held by him before a group of special invities at Rashtrapthi Bhavan. Fr. Paul is the first catholic priest to be invited for a perfomance at Rashtrabathi Bhavan. He is the desciple of both Padmasree K J Yesudas and Chandramana Narayanan Namboothiri. Fr. Paul started his concert with the famous keerthana ‘Vatapi ganapathim’ Then ‘Salathulla Salamulla’ taken from the Holy Koran set to ‘Anandabairavi’ , ‘Sree Yesu Nadam Bhaje’(Aabhogi), ‘Jai ho jai ho’(kalyani) ‘Loka samastha’(Madhyamavathi) were presented. As soon as the performance was over the first citizen of the country was so impressed by the performance that he called Fr.Paul for a personal meeting and congratulated him on the unprecedented performance. He went on to describe his performance as ‘one which is opening new vistas in the tradition of carnatic music’. Fr.Paul was accompanied by Prof.Abdul Azeez [vilion] ,Guruvayoor Sanoj [Mridangam], Shornoor Rajesh [Ghatam]. They were all given personal gifts by the president Dr.A P J Abdul Kalam.
   
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