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East Meets West
Veena, Saxophone, Violin Grand Concert
NEHTI committee on Youth Cultural and Educational program is proud to present a grand carnatic music concert by a team of talented artists. This talented team consists of Veena, Saxophone and Violin with two Mirdangams accompanying them. We invite every one to come and enjoy this one of a kind concert.

Durga Krishanan on Veena
Prasant Radhakrishnan on Saxophone
Tara Bangalore on Violin


Pravin Sitaram and Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan
On Mirdangam

Followed by a complementary dinner


Keefe Tech School,
750 Winter st, Framingham, MA 01702


6th October 2007
(Saturday: 4:00 PM)

For additional details visit the web site at www.srilakshmi.org

Proceeds of the event will go towards funding future activities of NEHTI YCEP



Grand Sponsors $500
Sponsors $100
Co-Sponsor  $50
General Supporters $25
DURGA KRISHNAN, primary disciple of Dr.Chittibabu, is a certified teacher of Carnatic Music. Durga holds the degree "Sangeetha Vidwan" She has composed, arranged, directed and played for several music productions such as Sakunthalam, Ramayanam, Dasavatharam and Festivals of India by the dance teachers in the local area. She has been performing solo concerts and also concerts with other artists in and around Boston and across U.S.A. and in Canada. Besides numerous lecture demonstrations on Carnatic music and Veena, history and development in universities including Harvard and Tufts and Berklee College of Music, Durga also collaborates with Western classical violinists and Jazz artists. She has been performing fusion concerts with Marc Rosie who is a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he teaches classical jazz and  music in their World Music Department. Durga has  arranged several successful concerts and workshops by the most famous artists from India and is one of the key organizers of the three day Music Conference that has been very successfully organized by the LearnQuest Academy of Music

PRASANT RADHAKRISHNAN is a versatile saxophonist identified with both the South Indian Classical (Carnatic) and Jazz disciplines. He received initial training from veena vidwan, Mrs. Vijaya Prabhakar. Prasant started learning Carnatic music on saxophone under the able guidance of his guru, "Padmashri" Kadri Gopalnath, in 1996. He underwent rigorous training during summers in India, and soon began accompanying his guru in concerts and performing solo.Since then, Prasant has given numerous solo concerts internationally, including regular concerts at the Chennai December music season in leading sabha organizations. His two albums, Swara Sudha and Duality, have received critical acclaim and wide appreciation from listeners. Prasant has accompanied his guru in over 200 concerts within India and in the US, putting him in the company of not only Sri Kadri Gopalnath, but also with several of the most senior accompanying artists in the field of Carnatic music.Not limited by genres, Prasant has also been greatly influenced by the Jazz tradition

TARA  Anand Tara Anand, an accomplished violinist and vocalist in the Carnatic tradition, began vocal training at the age of four. Her gurus have included esteemed artists such as T.M.Tyagarajan, K.V.Krisnan and Shankara Sarma. She began violin at the age of eight with Mrs.Vedavalli Ramaswami of Delhi and Mrs.T. Rukmini of Madras. She gave her first vocal concert at the age of eight and subsequently performed with some very great artists such as T.R.Subramaniam, M.L.Vasanthakumari, Prof.Ramanathan, Sudha Raghunathan, Nookala China Satyanarayana, R. Vedavalli, Sikkil Mala, R. K. Srikantan and Ravikiran to mention a few. Tara has received numerous awards from the Music Academy and Krishna Gana Sabha in Madras, including Best . Junior Artist for three years in a row. She has also played solos with her Guru Smt.T. Rukmini. She has been teaching music - both vocal and violin - for over 15 years and is one of the most sought after teachers in the area. Her teaching is marked by exacting standards, care and concern for her students and an infectious love of music; she is a community treasure. Her students have done extremely well at the annual Cleveland competitions and won numerous awards over the years. She received the prestigious "Teacher of the Year " award at the Cleveland Aradhana, 2005.

Dr. PRAVIN SITARAM.  hails from a family in Mumbai that is steeped in Carnatic music tradition.  Introduced to mridangam at the age of 8, Pravin has learnt this art from his Guru,  Shri P. S. Parameswaran - a disciple of the legendary Palghat T. S. Mani Iyer.  He has also received advanced training under Shri Palghat Raghu in Mumbai.  Pravin is noted for his pleasing accompaniment and unobtrusive support of the main performing artist.    Pravin has accompanied several artistes, both local and visiting, of outstanding caliber and repute, the likes of whom include, the late Dr. Chitti Babu, Shri S. R. Janakiraman, Lalgudi Shri GJR. Krishnan, Lalgudi Smt. Vijayalaksmi, Mysore Manjunath, Guitar Prasanna, Sikkil Mala and Flute Raman – to name a few.  Very recently, Pravin had the opportunity to accompany Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli in Mumbai.   Pravin also teaches students over the past seven years.  His students have participated and won prizes at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana.  He is a member of the faculty at the LearnQuest Academy of Music.  A Doctorate in Polymer Chemistry he manages a materials research group for a reputed automotive industry supplier in Massachusetts.

MAHALINGAM SANTHANAKRISHNAN (Mali) is a disciple of Sri P. Srinivasa Iyer of Madras. Mali hails from the prestigious Mridangam school of Padmashri Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer. Mali's forte is his seamless accompanying style that supports and embellishes the main artist's rendering of compositions and improvisations. He has also taken advanced lessons from Padmashri Palghat R. Raghu, when Sri Raghu visited the US. Mali has accompanied several local artists as well as visiting artists from India like Sri T.R.Subramaniam, Shri R.K. Shrikantan, Smt. R. Vedavalli, Sri R. Prasannna, Alapuzha Sri. Venkatasan, Sri. V. Subramaniam, Smt. Revathi Ramaswamy, Smt. Tara Anand, Sri V.K. Raman, Sri Vittal Ramamurthy to name a few. He has also performed in world music concerts notably with Sri Sandip Burman and Shri R. Prasanna. Mali works and teaches Mridangam in the Boston area.

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Durga Krishanan

Prasant Radhakrishnan

Tara Anand

Pravin Sitaram

Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan

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