Arangetram Orchestra Artist
SHORT BIODATA OF ARANGETRAM ORCHESTRA ARTISTS
Sri. S. Balajiramji, Vocalist
B.Music., M.FA in Vocal., Dip in Mridhangam
Started singing at the age of 12 with his first vocal group concert at Al India radio (AIR), Puducherry . His first vocal guru Kalaimamani Sri.K.sagadevan who belongs to traditional Bhagavatha Melam family and well his father. He has continued higher studies in vocal followed by kalaimamani.Sri.Jagadheesan for 6 years. He has conituned his advanced level vocal at annamalai university as Bachelor degree and also mrudhangam at Chennai adyar music collage for 3 years which is title of Vadhya kalaimani. Also he has got trained privately by DR.B.Govindharajan who is also the Ex.Dean of Music department, Annamalai University. Also he has learnt advanced level mrudhangm from Sri.Mannargudi A.Eeshwaran, Sri. E.M subramaniam and Sri kudanthai.A Saravanan. Meanwhile as he has started his performance (Both Vocal and Mrudhangam) since 1996 by accompanying with his father as well guru, with his father’s concerts and stage shows like veedhi bhagavatham. He has started accompanying vocal bharathnayam and kuchpudi since 2006. He has accompanied both vocal and mrudhangam for familiar epic KAISHIKI NATAKAM since 2008 under the guidance of Dr. Raveendhran, and Dr. K.A.Gunasekaran, Pondicherry University. He also plays harmonium, kanjira and tabla.
G. RAAMSHANKAR BABU
Shri. Ramshankar Babu is a renowned Mridangam Artist. He is a “VADHYAVISHARADA” diploma in Mridangam and has trained under the guidance of Mridangam Lecturer Shri V.P. Ramadhas he has also taken advanced training from Shri. N. Govindarajan (Ghatam Maestro). He is recipient of government of India’s Senior Scholarship in field of Mridangam (Department of Culture). Accompanying as Mridangam Artist with many renowned Bharathanatyam and Kuchupudi Artist in India and Abroad.
Awarded title Sathya laya Jala Sundaram by Smt. Anitha Guha’s Bharathanjali, School of Dance, year
Performances Abroad : Oct. 1999, 2001,2001, 2002,2003 – Bangkok (Thailand)
Nov. 1999 – Apr. 2002 Reunion (France)
Sri. Durai Rajan D, Violin
Durai has been accompanying vocal concerts, instrumental concerts, solo performances, bharathanatyam ,kuchupudi ,and mohiniattam for top grade artists for the past 15 years. He performed with violin SOLO in A.I.R at the age of 16 in 2000 and have accompanied VIOLIN for Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi & Mohiniyattam in Reunion, Paris, France, USA and various other countries. He is accompanying Violin for NATTYANJALI in Chidambaram, Tanjore for past several years.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
First Prize in the Competition by B.P.K for 2 consecutive years
Sri. G. D. MADHU, Mridangam
Started playing Mridangam at elementary school level under the guidance of Sri. Bhaskaran Master and Sri Chingavanam Raghavan Master. At the age of 20, I got chance to enrich and flourish my knowledge in Mridangam under tutelage of Sri. Kummanam Hareendranath. Advance training has been going on under the able guidence of Kalaimamani. S.Gopakumar, Lecturer in Mridangam, and Sri. Thovalai V.Sivakumar, Lecturer in Mridangam, Bharathiar Palkalai Koodam, Pondicherry. Started giving public performance (Both solo and accompanying consisting of Vrindavadyam, Talavadyam, Music and Dance Concerts.) including Doordarshan
Sri. Sriram Natarajan, Mridangam
Sriram is a versatile artiste and collaborative world musician specializing in the classical South Indian instrument - Mridangam (barrel drum).
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.
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.
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: