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Madhu Mohan Komaragiri
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I wanted to share a newspaper nugget about me in The HINDU dated 25th March, 2013. Well-known historian Sri. Muttaiah wrote this in his regular column. Prof. N. Ramanathan being referenced below is my doctoral guide. 

"Reader N. Ramanathan writes that I have been concentrating on the ‘first lady Ph.Ds’ too much and goes on to point out that “in the University of Madras, it has not always been a man’s world in the Department of Music” and the first man to earn a Ph.D. for work done in the Department should be recognised by this column. It was in 2005 that Dr. Madhumohan Komaragiri became the first man to be awarded a Ph.D. for Music. The award was for his “fundamental research in Pitch Analysis.” The subject is understandable, given that he is an electrical design engineer with the nuclear power industry in Canada. Despite his professional workload, Dr. Komaragiri has successfully pursued a career as a vocalist. Trained in both Carnatic and Hindustani music, he is now a full-time advanced trainee of M. Balamuralikrishna. He has also been empanelled with the Gandharva Maha Vidyalay, a premier pan-Indian music institute, for its Carnatic music and doctoral programmes. An experienced performing Carnatic vocalist, he has several albums in different genres to his credit. Reader Ramanathan, however, does not forget the ladies in his correspondence and concludes that the first woman to earn a Madras University Doctorate in Music was M.R. Alamelu (later Alamelu Govindarajan). She received her Ph.D. in 1962 for her dissertation on the ‘Musical instruments in the sculptures of South Indian temples.’ She was later associated with Kalakshetra. All the other Madras University Ph.Ds in Music till Dr. Komaragiri got his — that is in a period of over 40 years — were women!" --- Muttaiah. 

Dr. Madhu Mohan Komaragiri 
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