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Carnatic Vocal Concert by Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. R.K. Srikantan
A Grand Vocal recital by a living Legend and A Doyen of Carnatic music
Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. R.K. Srikantan
Accompanied by
Prof. R.S. Ramakanth : Vocal Support
Suhas Rao : Violin
Dr. Pravin Sitaram : Mridangam
Ganesh Ramanarayanan : Khanjira

Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri Dr. R.K. Srikantan hails from a distinguished traditional family of musicians in Rudrapatnam in Karnataka and belongs to a rare breed of Carnatic musicians who strive and achieve perfection within the bounds of tradition or sampradaayam. His father late Sri Krishna Sastry was a great scholar, a versatile artist and a Harikatha vidwan. Hi s grandfather Sri Narayanappa of Bettadapura was also a great musician and a close friend of Sri Veena Seshanna of Mysore. Sri Srikantan was initiated into music by his father and later by his brother Sri R.K.Venkatarama Sastry - a leading violinist. It is notable that Sri Srikantan belongs to the lineage of shishya parampara of Sathguru Thyagaraja himself. The noteworthy features of Srikantan’s music are strict adherence to sruti, clear-cut pronunciation of the text and equal emphasis on rhythm with simultaneous concentration on Bhava and Bhakti aspects of music. Srikantan has been particularly instrumental in giving wide popularity to the Devaranamas of all Haridasas and especially of Purandaradasa throughout the country by his accurate rendering of the songs investing them with depth of tone and continuity of flow. He retired as the music producer of AIR, Bangalore after a meritorius service of 32 years. Srikantan has been performing for over six decades throughout the length and breadth of the country in all leading sabhas and festival series. He has toured USA several times and has given a series of concerts across the country. He still performs in a manner where he touches the soul of a sangeetha rasika. Srikantan is a teacher with a difference and his disciples of prominence include Sri Rudrapatnam Ramakanth, Smt M.S.Sheela, Smt T.S.Sathyavathi among others. Sri Srikantan has been a recipient of many awards and titles including the prestigious Sangeetha Kalanidhi (Music Academy, Madras, 1996). Very recently he was conferred with the Annual Music Academy Award for 'Lifetime Achievement in the field of Carnatic Classical music' by SVN Music Academy, Bangalore (Oct, 2002). He is the first recipient of this award. In 2003 he bas been honored with Sangeetha Ratnakara award from Cleveland Aradhana Committee.

Sangeetha Kala Praveena R.S. Ramakanth is a child prodigy with training from his father R.K. Srikantan and uncle R K Venkatarama Sastri. He is provided with rich flexible voice, profound imagination and traditional style of singing and has performed in India, UK, Switzerland, Australia and many other countries He has been recently selected by International Biographical Center of UK and American Biographical Society for inclusion in the international Who's Who (International Youth achievement). He was honored in the International Year of Youth (1985) by the confederation of 3 music institutions Saraswati Ganasabha, Sruti Soundarya and Sripuram Cultural Association and was given the title Sangeetha Kala Praveena. He has also won the Best Musician Award by Bangalore Gayana Samaja in 1975 and by Music Academy in 1993.

Suhas Rao is a versatile and talented performer on violin. He has been receiving violin training from the well known teacher of New England, Smt. Tara Anand and vocal training from Smt. Geeta Murali of Norwood, MA. He is also receiving advanced training from Prof. T.R. Subramaniam, Sri Chitravina N. Ravikiran and Smt. A. Kanyakumari in Chennai. He has won many awards and prizes in all major competitions like Cle veland Aradhana and CMANA of NJ. In 2007, he was awarded the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to further his training in Carnatic violin under Smt. Tara Anand. He has performed throughout the U.S. and in India as both a solo artist and an accompanist, performing with eminent artists like Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Prof. Trichy Sankaran, Kiranavali Vidyashankar, Radha Venkatachalam and V.K. Raman. Suhas is currently a senior at Westwood High School.

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 i s 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, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smr. R. Vedavalli, Lalgudi Shri GJR. Krishnan amd Mysore Manjunath – to name a few. Pravin has been teaching students over the past eight 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. Pravin has his Doctorate in Polymer Chemistry.

Ganesh Ramanarayanan is currently a graduate student at Cornell University finishing a PhD in computer graphics. He initially received mridangam training from several gurus, including Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri Palghat Raghu and Ghatam vidwan Shri T.H. Subhash Chandran, and has performed frequently in NJ, NY, CT, MD, and PA. Ganesh began teaching himself khanjira in 2007, and since then he has accompanied artists such as Shri Ananthakrishnan, Master Shashank, Chitravina Shri Ravikiran, and Prof. Shri Trichy Sankaran. Ganesh is also a Carnatic vocalist, and has given introductory lectures on Carnatic music at Cornell University and Ithaca College.

Date: 05/03/2008
Location: Chinmaya Maruti, #1 Union Street, Andover, MA 01821
Time: 4:30 pm

Organized By: Chinmaya Mission Boston & New England Kannada Koota

Cost: Sponsors: $100 (preferred seating) General: $10 (Children under 6 are free)

Contact: Sudhakara Rao: 339-206-1121
Ram Mukunda: 978-758-4069
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T.R. Raghunath: 978-264-4667
Guru Samaga: 508-330-5838

Email: rao.sudhakara@gmail.com
Directions: For directions to Chinmaya Maruti: Visit us online at: http://www.chinmayamaruti.org/

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