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M S Sheela is a leading Carnatic classical vocalist who has made her mark in classical, light as well as devotional genres of music. She has the rare distinction of being a top rank artist of AIR and Doordarshan in both classical and light music.

M. S. Sheela hails from a family of musicians. Sheela got her initial musical guidance from her mother late Smt M N Rathna, a popular musician of yesteryears. M.S Sheela was a disciple of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr R K Srikantan whose strict and rigorous musical training is supposed to have added luster to her musical prowess. She has a postgraduate degree in Music from Bangalore University, and is a Gold medallist.

To promote Indian classical music through innovative programmes and thematic audio albums Sheela and her husband Prof B K Ramaswamy, have together founded Hamsadhwani Creations. ‘Haridasa Namana’, ‘Palinchu Kamakshi’, ‘Guru Raghavendra’ are some of her audio releases through Hamsadhwani Creations. She roped in all the leading carnatic vocalists of the state for Hamsadhwani’s thematic series such as ‘Haridasa Namana’ and ‘Vaggeya Vaibhava’. Sheela and her husband through Hamsadhwani creations organise many music workshops, programmes by youth and seasoned musicians. An annual Hamsadhwani festival is also observed by Hamsadhwani creations. They also felicitate great achievers of the field through Hamsadhwani Puraskara.

Madras Music Academy adjudged Sheela as ‘Outstanding Senior Female Vocalist’ during its annual music festival in 1997. Karnataka State Government has honoured her with ‘Rajyothsava Award’. She has received the award for Best Female Playback Singer for the year 1997-98 from Karnataka State Film Chambers. Sheela was adjudged the best musician of the annual music conference of Karnataka Ganakalaparishat for the year 2000, and was awarded ‘Ananya Puraskar’. She is also an ‘Asthana Vidushi’ of Sri Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasamsthanam Dakshinamnaya Sri Sarada Peetham, Sringeri. She is the recipient of ‘Gaurava Puraskara’ of Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy for the year 2007.