Born to Smt. Lakshmidevi and Sri
Venkatasubbiah Kamisetty on 25 June 1941 in Cuddappah (Andhra
Pradesh), Sri Kamisetty Srinivasulu possessed a great strength of
conviction right from his tender years and mastered any subject with
scholarly ease. He graduated from Government Arts College, Cuddappah and took
his Masters in Telugu literature from Sri Venkateswara University,
Tirupati in 1963. He
further acquired a post graduate diploma in linguistics.
During the course of his in-depth
learning, Sri Srinivasulu was influenced by the works of
greatness of the Saint affected him so much that Sri Srinivasulu
decided to dedicate his life to the propagation
of the ideals of Annamacharya.
He became a direct disciple of late Sri Rallapalle Anantha
Krishna Sarma, a noble soul, blessed by Sri Venkateswara to become
the first musician to set tunes to Annamacharya Sankirtanas after
they were discovered in 1922. Sri
Srinivasulu took up service with Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD)
in 1964. Because of his
total involvement in Annamacharya's works and teachings, and the
considerable work he did on the subject, Sri Srinivasulu was
appointed Director of Annamacharya Project in 1978.
Considering his special merits and talents in audio and video
recordings, TTD Management launched Sri Venkateswara Recording
Project and made him the Director.
He produced Sri Venkateswara Pancharatnamala LPs and Sri
Tallapaka Annamacharya Keerthanas rendered by Smt. M. S.
Subbulakshmi on behalf of the TTD.
He also organized, on behalf of TTD, the All India Music
festivals throughout the country, echoing the spirit of National
integration, wherein doyen of Karnatic and Hindusthani music
participated. He carved
Annamacharya Project into three major wings; Research, Programs, and
intensive research and extensive field work on the subject paved way
for many young researchers and he was instrumental in creating a
"CHAIR" for Annamacharya in Sri Venkateswara University,
Sri Srinivasulu is gifted with a unique rich
voice and the art of modulation and diction.
He has a rare command of the Telugu language in its chaste
form which greatly helped him in the propagation of Annamacharya's
literature. He had
edited, annotated, commented, and published number of articles on
Srinivasulu conducted more than 5000 lecture demonstrations in
India. He offered
several devotional discourses on the subject of "Annamayya
Bhakti" in England and United States.
He received awards for his sterling contributions from
several organizations including the Madras Music Academy, The Bharat
Cultural Integration and Madras Telugu Academy.