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SHORT BIODATA OF ARANGETRAM ORCHESTRA ARTISTS 

Sri. G. Ganesan, Mridangam artist

G. Ganeshan had his training in Mridangam from Guru Hanumanthapuram R.J. Bhuvaragan for more than 20 years. His dedication and hard work & impeccable work ethics enabled him to climb the ladder of success at a very young age . He was awarded the Govt of India Scholarship, and the Best mridangist award from the VDS Arts Academy, Chennai, India. Ganesan has accompanied on the Mridangam to all the leading Dancers in the Bharathanatyam field. He has accompanied leading dancers like Uma Dhandayuthapahani, Parvathi Ravi Ganta Sala, K.J.Sarasa, Indra Rajan, Venniradai Nirmala (Film Actress) He has also accompanied with Haridwara mangalam A.K Palanivel (Tavil) & toured with him to Srilanka.He has also participated in all the prestigious Dance and Music Festivals in India and Abroad. He has toured Bangkok, Canada, Mauritius,Dubai & Srilanka. Ganesan has been featured in all major Tamil TV Channels like the Sun TV , Vijay TV , Raj TV & is a graded artist if All India Radio & Doordarshan. He also holds a bachelors degree in Music from the University of Madras. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience and has worked d a music instructor in Kola Saraswathi Higher Secondary), Papanasam Sivan Fine Arts Academy and at AVM Rajeswari Higher Secondary School. He has also trained several students privately who are performing musicians now. Ganesan’s creativity has enabled him to create his own style. His crisp tonal quality and modulation of sound production is musical and guarantees an artistic contribution to the Dance performance. After gaining experience for over 25 years, Ganesan received many accolades and awards and has also performed in many prestigious centers.

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Sri. Sai Rathinasabapathi, Vocal

Shri R.Sai is the vocalist who had an enlightening exposure for around six years from his guru Shri K.V.Ananthan who in turn is the disciple of the renowned Shri Palghat K.V. Narayanaswamy and performs for various leading Bharath Natyam dancers and solo concerts. He has done his Master of Computer Application and pursues his passion towards music. He has performed many times at Indian Dance Festival-Mamallapuram,Natyanjali (Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, Thiruvarur, Tanjavur, Kumbakonam, Pandanallur, Salem),Natiyal Mayil (Switzerland -2011,2013,2015),Concerts at Bahrain, Dubai and in many renowned sabhas.  

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Sri. Nataraj Gunda, Flute

Nataraj is grandson of the celebrated musician and musicologist Srr. N.Chenna Kesaviah who was in the court of Mysore king . Nataraj had a passion for music even as achild. He was initiated by Sai Kumar amd then came under the tutelage of renowned gurus Sri. N. Swaminathan, a staff artiste at All India Radio, New Delhi. He joined the Tamil Nadu Misuc College in 1992 and successfully completed the Vadya Visharadha diploma. Nataraj has had advanced training with numerous floutists to further improve his technique and intricasies of presentation on the flute. He has performed regularly in Chennai, India and has accompanied many dancers both in India and abroad. He has toured Reunion Islands, Martinique, South Africa and Malaysia.

 

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Sri. Jayaprakash Pakala, Violin


Jayaprakash has been accompanying vocal concerts, instrumental concerts, solo performances, bharathanatyam ,kuchupudi ,and mohiniattam for top grade artists for the past 15 years. He has won 11 times 1st prize in state level competition Over 3 times 1st prize in south zone inter University competition. He has won national level 1st prize once and received best violinist award in 2009 ,in the music festival, Vijajanagaram, Andhrapradesh


Jayaprakash is running a successful music Institute for more than 100 students in Chennai as well as in online through Skype

 

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Sri. Madurai S Kannan, Violinist

Accomplished carnativ violinist M.S Kannan hails from a musical family .He is the son of well known Composer, mridangam artistMadurai T Srinivasan. Kannan had violin training from Kandadevi Chellam Iyengar & had advance d training from C.N Chandrashekar of All India Radio, Bangalore. Apart from being an accompanist, He is also a soloist. He is a B High grade artist of All India Radio, Chennai.


Kannan hold a bachelors degree from the Tamil Nadu Govt Music College. Kannan has accompanied all leading Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam Dancers in India & Abroad. Kannan has been featured in orchestras of leading South Indian Cine Music Directors for Movies including South Indian Music Maestro Ilayaraja. He has also participated in All India Radio, Doordarshan and private Channels Recordings.

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Sri. Raghavendrachar Elamarthi, Flutist

Raghavendrachar started learning vocal music at a very young age from Smt Alakananda.With excellent foundation in Vocal music he learned to play the flute from Sri R. Thyagarajan who is the son of the legendary Flute Maestro Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr N Ramani. Raghavendrachar gained recognition with his unique blowing techniques & was awarded with many accolades & awards from various prestigious organizations. Raghavendra has been awarded titles like "Venu GanaMani" & Venu Ganan Rathna from Muisc organizations of India. Apart from being a solo artist, he plays for Bharathanatyam (South Indian Dance) progeams and Bhajans (Indian Devotional Songs). He has composed many Bharathnatyam repertoires like Jathi Swarams, Padams etc. Raghavendra has also worked in many commercials CD Productions as a Music Composer. He has been a Visiting Professor in the Tamil Nadu Government Music College & also worked as a Flute tutor at Chettinad Vidyashramam, & Kola Perumal Group of Schools. Raghavendra has served as the Secretary & Trustee of Triplicate Arts & Culture Trust, Rasarangam & Purandara Dasarangam. Raghavendra has been very successful as Indian Dance accompanist & is one of the sought after musicians in the field of classical dance and music in India

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Sri. Sriram Natarajan, Mridangam 
 
Sriram is a versatile artiste and collaborative world musician specializing in the classical South Indian instrument - Mridangam (barrel drum).
Gurus:
Sriram started training on the Mridangam at the age of 9, under the veteran Guru Sri K V Maniappan of the Nalanda School of Dance in Mumbai, India.  Sriram has had advanced training from the Late maestro Sangeetha Kalanidhi Padma Sri Palghat Raghu. He is presently under the able tutelage and guidance of Tanjavur Sri Murugaboopathi.
Performances:
Sriram regularly accompanies renowned and upcoming artistes in India during the December music season in Chennai, India. In the US and has performed at several prestigious venues in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Connecticut, Madison, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and across the state of Minnesota.His style of accompaniment is very adaptive to both vocal instrumental music and dance.
Some of the renowned vocalists he has accompanied include Shri M Balamuralikrishna, Shri T V Sankaranarayan, Shri Ravikiran, Shri Neyveli Santhanagopalan, The Carnatica Brothers, Smt Gayathri Venkataraghavan, Smt Pantula Rama, Shri Kunnakkudi Balamuralikrishna, Shri R Suryaprakash, Shri V K Manimaran, Smt Alamelu Mani.  
Some of the renowned instrumental artistes he has accompanied include the Mysore Brothers, Smt Mala Chandrashekar, Smt Nirmala Rajasekar, Smt Geetha Bennett, Smt Rajeswari Pariti, Smt Suma Sudhindra, Shri V K Raman and Shri Chandan Kumar. He regularly supports US based dance teachers to help their students perform their arangetrams.
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Kum. Arthi Kumar, Vocal

Arthi Kumar, an accomplished Carnatic Vocalist, blessed with a beautiful scintillating voice, soulful music, and a strong foundation in Carnatic music, has captured the hearts of many rasikas. She is a versatile and highly talented singer with a focus on excellence in her rendition of krithis, ragam, kalpana swaram, and neraval. She focuses on the innate nuances of each note and infuses “bhava” into every verse that she sings. Arthi is forever indebted to her gurus, Smt S. Sowmya (Chennai, India), Sri Madurai R. Sundar (Detroit, Michigan) and Sri K. Vijayraghavan (Chennai, India).

She has given concerts in prestigious sabhas in Chennai, India and in various cities in USA & Canada. Her concerts have received tremendous praise and applause from connoisseurs and critics alike. She not only gives vocal concerts but also sings for dance arangetrams (debuts). Charsur Arts Foundation North America Talent Search and iCarnatic through competitive auditioning, have showcased her renditions under their banner in 2011.

She has won many awards and was a prize winner in the following events:

  • “Runner up” Carnatic Idol USA 2012
  • Syama Sastri Competition, Music Academy, August 2009 (Chennai, India)
  • ISAI VELVI 2008 Competition, by Sri Ghatam Suresh – (Chennai, India). As a winner, she performed at a prestigious sabha for the December Music Festival Season 2008 in Chennai.
  • Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana including the 2009 & 2012 Concert Competition (Cleveland, OH)
  • Chicago Thyagaraja Utsavam Competition (Chicago, IL)
  • Samagana Music Competition (Detroit, MI)
  • Papanasam Sivan Competition (Columbus, OH)
  • Tambaram Music Club Competition (Chennai, India)
  • Harikessanallur Muthai Bhagvathar Competition held at Narada Gana Sabha (Chennai, India)

 

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VijayShriram Murthy, Mridangam artist

Vijay Shriram hails from a family of musicians and music aficionados. He began his journey in music at a very young age. Learnt his basics from Shri Kumbakonam Rajappaiyar's school for Mridangam. He was later trained by his maternal grand uncle, Shri Guru Karaikudi Mani and his prime disciple Shri R.Ramesh.

Vijay, during his days as a student, was an active member of the Youth Association for Classical Music (YACM) and performed at lecture demonstrations for them. He was a qualified All India Radio (AIR) youth artist. In chamber-music concert format, he has accompanied stalwarts, such as Shri Thiruvengadu Jeyaraman, Shri BV Raman - Shri BV Lakshmanan, and Shri Violin Chandrashekaran to name a few.

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 Sriram Ravichandran, Veena player 

Sriram is an ‘A’ grade artist of All India Radio, Chennai. Self-motivated and shaped in learning Veena, the divine instrument, from the tender age of FIVE initiated by Guru Mrs.Subbalakshmi for about two years. Joined a professional Music Academy “Swaralaya”, as a disciple of Guru Ms.Lakshmi, who mended him for three years till ‘Arangetram’ in 2001, at the age of Ten years. Now being under the able guidance of Guru Mrs.Revathi Srinivasan on advanced training in Veena.

Awards : 

“Vainika Padmam” (2001), “Sangeetha Baskara” (2002), “Yazh isai Selvan” (2004), Samaikya Bharath Gaurav Satkar” (2007).

Best Child Instrumentalist of 2005 in Naradha Gana Sabha

YouTube video of Sriram playing Veena

 

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