Further Specialization

Realising that she wanted to further her knowledge, Sivasakthi left Jaffna for Chennai (then Madras) in 1972 to continue her musical studies. She enrolled at the famous Carnatic Music College in Mylapore and engaged herself in increasing her knowledge and repertoire.


Sivasakthi's devotion to the art, her passion for learning and her commitment impressed the best in the world of music and dance and many teachers volunteered to hone her skills to perfection.

Sri. D.K. Jayaraman, Dr. S. Ramanathan, Smt. R.Vedavalli, Sri. K.V. Narayanaswami, Sri. T.M. Tyagarajan, Sri B. Rajam Iyer, Sri Sandiyavandanam Srinivasarao and Sri Thiruppampuram Shanmugasuntharam were some of her teachers in Chennai. She also underwent special training in Nattuvangam, from Sri Adyar K. Lakshmanan, one of the foremost dance teachers in Chennai.

Return to Jaffna

After obtaining a Diploma in music teaching, Sivasakthi returned to Jaffna in 1977. She first taught Carnatic music at the Vembadi Girls High School, but in 1978, joined her alma mater, the Ramanathan Academy Of Fine Arts, now Jaffna University's Department of Music, as a Teacher of Carnatic music. She taught at the University for five years and continued to perform, becoming a well known name in Carnatic music both over the radio (Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation) as well as in concert circuits.


In 1983, she married Sivanesan, a young mechanical engineer who had the rare distinction of having studied in China as well as working there. Soon after, she departed to Beijing to join her husband. Unable to practise or perform her beloved music and dance, she however continued to engage herself in this foreign land as a teacher of Music, English and General Knowledge at the Pakistan International School.

Move to London

As the civil unrest in Sri Lanka worsened, especially in Jaffna, the Sivanesans decided to move to London, UK, in 1984, to start a new life. It was a trip to India, en-route to London, that Smt Sivasakthi was given a letter of reference by Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman, the renowned Violin Maestro to be handed over the the then Executive Director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sri Mathoor Krishnamoorthy.