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Boston Kids Score High In Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana 2018

Uma Shankar

The Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival is the largest Indian classical music festival outside of India. It was first celebrated in 1978 and has now grown to be a 12-day festival with more than 8,000 attendees with 2,000 appearing for the opening weekend. The year 2018 is the Festival's 41st year.

Below are the students who have been learning and performing locally in our new england area and have scored high in the cleveland Thaygaraja Aradhana 2018.

Aaradhya Sivakumar won 2nd prize in Varnam vocal competition.
8 year old Aaradhya started learning carnatic vocal from Late Smt Geetha Murali when she was 5 and currently learns from Vidushi Rasika Murali Mohan. Aaradhya is very passionate about carnatic music and aspires to be a vocalist when she grows up. She also learns Bharatanatyam at Smt Sowmya Rajaram's dance school.

Arvind Mahalingam won 3rd prize in junior Neraval competition.
Arvind started his vocal training under Late Smt Geetha Murali when he was 5 and currently learns from Vidwan Palghat  Ramprasad. Arvind has given multiple concerts locally and is also passionate about Bhajans and Namasankeerthanam and accompanies his grandfather Bhagavdaratnam Adambakkam Santhanakrishna Bhagavathar.  Arvind also learns violin from Vidushi Rasika Murali Mohan and is a First Honors 8th grader at Xaverian Brothers High School.

Mahima Shymala Vinay won 2nd prize in sub junior kriti competition. 

A former resident of Newton, MA, Mahima Vinay started learning music at the age of five from Smt. Tara Anand of Anubhava School of Music had been continuing under her tutelage until fairly recently. Necessitated by the move out of state, Mahima is now under guidance of Smt. Srividya Ramanath of Bangalore.

A 6th grader in Discovery Middle School, Granger, Indiana, Mahima sings soprano voice in her school choir. She also dabbles in piano, western violin, art and taekwondo. Mahima owes her music progress to her gurus and looks forward to deepening her learning and enjoyment of Carnatic music.

Sahana Sankar participated in "Eppo Varuvaro" A group rendition of Shri. Papanasam Sivan songs (Conducted By Sri. Papanasam Ashok Ramani). 
Sahana learns music from her mother Smt Uma Sankar from a very early age. She also participates in all the music festivals in New England area and have sung and won competitions. Sahana learns violin from Guru Smt. Tara Anand and Piano from Stephanie sellers. She is a 4th grader from Floral street school, Shrewsbury. Her hobbies are Sketching, painting, reading and spending time with family.

Sreya Sankar won the 2nd place in Alapana competition Junior category.
Sreya Sankar started learning music from her mother Smt. Uma Sankar and continues to learn from her and does advance training from renowned and very accomplished musician and Guru Sri.Suryaprakash Ramachandran (Chennai, India). In 2017 December, She performed in the prestigious December season. She performs regularly in the New England area and has won in local music competitions. She also learns violin from Guru. Smt. Tara Anand and Bharathanatyam from Guru. Smt. Kalaimangai Saravanan. She is very passionate about all these art forms and continues to learn these with great passion. She is an All honor 8 th Grader at Oak middle School, Shrewsbury. In her School she is part of Select Choir and also has co-founded the Fusion Club.

This year Sreya also participated in Rakti Raga Presentation by students of (Sri. Suryaprakash) in Cleveland where they picked ragas such as Durbar, Devagandhari, Bhairavi, Varali, and presented with more focus on Manodharmam. They concluded with a Javali in Raga Kapi. This presentation was very well and are invited to perform in Cleveland every year.

Inesh won 2nd place in Senior Mridangam 
Inesh is a 14 year old, 9th  grader at the Wellesley High School. He is passionate about playing the drums equally in both eastern and western music.  He has a 2nd  level certificate from the Rivers Conservatory and has been attending for the past ten years.  Heis currently pursuing music composition and has been invited to present at the Young Contemporary Artist Seminar. He started learning the Mridangam at age of six from Sri, Mali Santhanakrishnan.  He then began his advanced training with Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy three years ago. In 2017, Inesh was placed 2 nd  at the Raga Club of CT and was given special mention at CMANA as he was the only participant for senior percussion category.   In 2016 he was placed 1 st  prize at The CMANA competition and at the Newton Has Talent for Mridangam.  He has accompanied in many Carnatic concerts and Bharatanatyam dance recitals.

Shriya Srininvas won the "Special Mention" in the Choreography Category. 
Shriya Srinivas has been under the tutelage of Guru Sridevi Ajai Thirumalai,Natyamani School of Dance, since the tender age of 5. She completed her Arangetram in June 2012. Guru and student were praised immensely for the Margam chosen for the Arangetram. Shriya has given many solo, duo performances and participated in group productions from her dance school in USA and India. Some of the highlights have been performances at Ananya Bangalore, Indian Institute of World Culture, IndianCouncil for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Keshava Samskriti Sabha, Shanthala Arts International Festival at Bangalore, Gana Mukundhapriya at Chennai, several Kannada Sanghas, Navika and AKKA conferences in the USA. She has participated and won in local dance competitions in the New England area and at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival. Shriya is an undergraduate student studying Computer Science & Design at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Guru Sridevi has instilled in Shriya an immense love for the Bharathanatyam dance form and she continues to learn with great passion. With the blessings of her Guru, Shriya hopes to continue to explore its vast horizons and give several performances in the years to come.

Balakumar Vasudevan Participated in "Rakthi Raga Presentation" in Cleveland. 
Balakumar Vasudevan, currently a resident of Melrose has been learning music for over 6 years, initially from Mrs. Vasanthi Gopal and later from Shri. G Srikanth. He also briefly learned music from Nanganallur Shri. Ramanathan. After taking a brief gap to study Masters degree at Buffalo, New York, he has begun advanced training from Shri R. Suryaprakash from Chennai. Throughout his earlier musical years, before moving to United States for study, he has performed in few sabhas and temples around Chennai and was a regular performer in All India Radio Youth Music program, in Chennai. He is pursuing music while working full time.

Kudos to all the kids from the Boston area to participate in such a wide range of programs in Cleveland and to all the parents and Gurus who have immensely contributed towards this musical journey. Looking forward to a great musical year.

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