NCYCAC 2013: 4th Annual Music Festival

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Saturday September 1st

Sunday September 2nd

Performance Accompanists Time
Smt. Varuni Ravinder School Kapil Ramanarayanan - Mridangam 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
Sreeram Venkat Deepti Gowrishankar- Violin
Arjun Raghavan - Mridangam
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Deepti Shroff Kamalakiran Vinjamuri - Violin
Vishwas Rao - Mridangam
11:35 PM - 12:35 PM
Fundraising Pitch 12:40 PM - 12:50 PM
Shri. T.H. Subashchandran School Thala Vadhyam 12:50 PM - 1:00 PM
Shreyas Ashok Ganesh Vadlamani - Violin
Sanjay Subramanian - Mridangam
1:05 PM - 1:20 PM
Sutikshna Veeravalli Abhishek Balakrishnan - Violin
Arjun Raghavan - Mridangam
1:25 PM - 2:25 PM
Fundraising Pitch 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Smt. Ranganayaki Rajan School Vishwas Rao - Mridangam 2:45 PM - 3:10 PM
Gayathri Raghavendra Kapil Ramanarayanan - Mridangam 3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Sudarshan Mohan Sruti Sarathy - Violin
Athrey Nadhan - Mridangam
3:35 PM - 4:35 PM
Dinner 4:40 PM - 4:50 PM
Smt. Subha Sundarajan School Kapil Ramanarayanan - Mridangam 4:50 PM - 5:20 PM
Ganesh Vadlamani Vishwas Rao - Mridangam 5:25 PM - 5:40 PM
Shruthi and Shashank Subramaniam - Flute, Arthi Nadhan - Veena, Sharada Krishnan - Violin Sanjay Subramanian - Mridangam 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Fundraising Pitch 7:35 PM - 7:40 PM
Shri. Sudhindra Rao School 7:40 PM - 8:20 PM
Guest Speech 8:20 PM - 8:30 PM
Performance Accompanists Time
Smt. Mathangi Shankar School Kapil Ramanarayanam - Mridangam 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
Sharanya Ananth Ganesh Vadlamani - Violin
Vishwas Rao - Mridangam
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Gautam Nagaraj Sharada Krishnan - Violin
Visrut Sudhakar - Mridangam
11:35 AM - 12:35 PM
Fundraising Pitch 12:40 PM - 12:50 PM
Smt. Subha Sridharan School Kapil Ramanarayanan - Mridangam 12:50 PM - 1:05 PM
Vijay Rachakonda Ganesh Vadlamani - Violin
Sanjay Subramanian - Mridangam
1:10 PM - 1:25 PM
Smt. Geeta Ganesh School Visrut Sudhakar - Mridangam 1:30 PM - 1:55 PM
Arthi Nadhan Parthiv Mohan - Violin
Athrey Nadhan - Mridangam
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fundraising Pitch 3:05 PM - 3:15 PM
Shanmugapriya Vasan Abhishek Balakrishnan - Violin
Visrut Sudhakar - Mridangam
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Smt. Seetha and Ranjani Ramakrishnan School Visrut Sudhakar - Mridangam 3:35 PM - 4:00 PM
Sreehari Raghavan Parthiv Mohan - Violin
Sanjay Subramanian - Mridangam
4:05 AM - 5:05 PM
Fundraising Pitch 5:10 PM - 5:20 PM
Pooja Panduranga Deepthi Gowrishankar - Violin
Kaathyayani Kashyap - Mridangam
5:20 PM - 5:30 PM
Prashanth Iyer Deepthi Gowrishankar - Violin
Samarth Rao - Mridangam
5:30 PM - 5:40 PM
Smt. Ramya Kapadia School Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam
Kartik Nagaraj - Mridangam
5:45 PM - 6:05 PM
Fundraising Pitch 6:05 PM - 6:10 PM
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri and Sruthi Sarathy - Violin Athrey Nadhan - Mridangam
Arjun Raghavan - Mridangam
6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Guest Speech 8:15 PM - 8:25 PM

Meet the 2013 Artists

Artist Bio
Abhishek Balakrishnan Abhishek Balakrishnan from Houston, TX is a junior at Duke University. He began vocal training at the age of 7 under Mrs. Usha Narasimhan. At age 10, he switched to violin under the tutelage of both Sri. Vittal Ramamurthy and Smt. Rajeswari Bhat. He continued violin training from Sri. Mahesh K. Iyer of the Pranavam School of Arts in Pearland, TX. He is currently a disciple of Kalaimamani Smt. Usha Rajagopalan of the Lalgudi school.
Arjun Raghavan Arjun Raghavan is a senior at Chapel Hill High School. He started learning Mridangam from Shri. Venkat Natarajan in NJ. Subsequently, he has come under the tutelage of Ghatam Vidwan Shri.T.H.Subashchandran in Chennai and Shri. Sudhindra Rao in Apex, NC. Arjun has been accompanying for concerts since 2007 and in the Chennai December Music season from 2009.
Arthi Nadhan Arthi Nadhan, 16 years old, is a student of Chitravina N Ravi Kiran. She was regularly going to Chennai in the summer to advance her training in Veenai from the esteemed Vainika, the late Smt. Karphagham Swaminathan and continued her training under Smt. Jayalaksmi Sekhar. Arthi has played in multiple group performances in various Music Sabhas in India. In addition to performing in Veena Venu concerts at the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana and the Balaji Temple, Arthi has also given solo concerts in Chicago, Springfield, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Madison. As a sophomore, Arthi is part of the Neuqua Valley High School Choir in Naperville.
Athrey Nadhan Athrey Nadhan, from Chicago, IL started learning the art of playing the Mridangam at the age of five and is currently undergoing advanced training from the esteemed professional, Srimushnam Sri V. Raja Rao in Chennai, India. In addition to accompanying several Veena artists, Athrey has accompanied leading musicians including Flute T.S. Shankaran, Flute R. Tyagarajan, Seetha Rajan, K. Gayathri, Shankaran Namboodhri, B.U. Ganesh Prasad, and Carnatic Music Idol Bharat Sundar, among many others. Athrey has performed in over 150 concerts across the United States as well as in various Music Sabhas in Chennai and Trichy including the Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha and Raga Sudha during the Music Season in December. Athrey also learns Carnatic vocal music from B.U. Ganesh Prasad and is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Deepthi Gowrishankar Deepthi Gowrishankar has been learning violin from Smt. Ranjani Ramakrishnan for the past 6 years. Before that, she was taking vocal Carnatic lesssons. She also plays in her school orchestra and has been learning Western violin for 10 years. She is currently a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill studying to be a Computer Science major.
Deepti Shroff Deepti Shroff is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Having been introduced to music at the tender age of five, she has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity of being under the tutelage of both Sangeetha Kalanidhi Professor TN Krishnan and, at present, Sangeetha Kalaimamani Vidhusi Suguna Purushotthaman. Apart from being a vocalist, Deepti is also a trained Bharathanatyam dancer and a mridangist.
Gautam Nagaraj Gautam Nagaraj, a senior at Raleigh Charter High School, hails from a family of musicians: his great grandfather was renowned seven-string violinist, vocalist, composer, and author Sangeetha Vidya Sagara R. R. Keshavamurthy, and both of his grandmothers are established musicians who teach and perform kacheris in India. Since the age of five, Gautam has been learning the art of Carnatic music (vocal) and is currently under the tutelage of Srimati Varuni Ravinder and Sangeetha Kala Sagara O. S. Thyagarajan. He has performed kacheris in several venues, including NCYCAC and Swaralaya. Just this August, he gave a two-hour concert in the Thyagaraja Gana Sabha in Mysore, accompanied by seasoned musicians. In addition to singing, Gautam enjoys playing piano, biking, running, watching movies, and studying astronomy and aspires to become both an astrophysicist and a musician.
Gayathri Raghavendra Gayathri Raghavendra is a rising 9th grader. She has been learning veena from Smt. Subha Sridharan and Carnatic vocal music from Smt. Varuni Ravinder. Gayathri has won prizes in both the Junior Krithi and Alapana categories in Veena at the 2013 Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival.
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri Kamalakiran Vinjamuri is a junior in West Springfield High School in Springfield, VA, USA. His initial guru was his grand-father, Sri. Parthasarathy Iyengar. Then he had some training from Smt. Malladi Vijayalakshmi. His father, Sri. Subhash Vinjamuri, a violinist himself started teaching him violin at the age of 7. When he is in the U.S., he gets his training from his father and when visiting India, he is under the tutelage of Kalaimamani A. Kanyakumari. He has won several prizes in different music competitions, both in India as well as in the US. In December 2010 music season, Kamalakiran got the Best Violinist Award from Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha in Chennai. He has accompanied several leading artists such as Sankaran Namboodri, Maharajapuram Srinivasan, Palai Ramachandran, Gayatri Venkataraghavan, Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar, Radha Venkatachalam, and others. Most recently, Kamalakiran has accompanied Sangitha Kalanidhi T.N. Seshagopalan and Padma Vibushan Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna.
Kapil Ramanarayanan Kapilesh Ramanarayanan is a rising 8th grader at Fred J Carnage Middle School, Raleigh, NC. He was initiated to mridhangam when he was almost 6 years old by Dr. P. Sivakumar. He now under the tutelage of Vidhwan Shri Bangalore Arjun Kumar. Kapil also plays western classical violin. He was a assistant principal for second violin in the Triangle Youth Orchestra (20012-13) of Philharmonic Association of Raleigh.
Madhu Vadlamani Madhu Vadlamani is a sophomore at Green Hope High School. He is a student of Smt. Seetha Ramakrishnan and Smt. Ranjani Ramakrishnan in Cary, NC.He played violin for several Sustaining Sampradhaya programs in Cleveland Aradhana this year.
Parthiv Mohan Parthiv Vaidya Mohan, 19, has been a vocal and violin student in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) tradition under Guru Ms. Anuradha Sridhar, daughter and disciple of Lalgudi Shrimathi Brahmanandam, since August 2000. Under Ms. Sridhar whose uncle is the legendary violin maestro, Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, Parthiv has grown into a serious Carnatic musician with solid technique and a wide repertoire, both vocally and on the violin; in parallel, he has also had extensive training in vocal percussion under Lalgudi Shrimathi’s son, Shriram Brahmanandam, a reputed mridangam artiste in the Bay Area. Parthiv performs regularly in the community as a youth artiste and is recognized for his high caliber and dedication to the art form. Along with his guru and other senior youth artistes from Trinity Center for Music, Parthiv has performed in the San Francisco World Music Festival every fall for several years. Parthiv has auditioned for concert slots in the prestigious December music sea-son in India’s Chennai and was selected, several times, to perform both as a solo vocalist and as a solo violinist during the concert season.
Pooja Panduranga Pooja Panduranga is from Charlotte, NC and a freshman at UNC Chapel Hill. She has been training under Smt. Mallika Vadlamani since 2008. She was a part of the Sustaining Sampradaya group at the Cleveland Aradhana in the year 2011, and participates regularly in local music events.
Prashanth Iyer Prashanth Iyer is currently a student of Smt.Ranjani Ramakrishnan. He has been performing at NCYCAC for the past two years and was also a part of the Musicguru Carnatic Symphony at Cleveland. In addition to Carnatic vocal music, he learns Western classical piano and guitar, and placed 3rd in the PTA Reflections Music Composition competition in Wake County. He is very interested in the fusion of different genres of music.
Sanjay Subramanian Sanjay Subramanian, a junior at Naperville Central High School, is a disciple of Kalaimamani Sri Guruvayur Dorai. He has played at many venues across the U.S. as well as in Chennai during the December Season. He has also won awards from Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, Chicago Thyagaraja Utsavam, and the Valayapatti Kashyap Trust. Sanjay is a disciple of Vaikam Sri Jayachandran in vocal music as well.
Shanmugapriya Vasan Shanmugapriya Vasan is a rising tenth grader from Charlotte. She began her music training at the age of 7 with Smt.Neyveli Ramalakshmi of New Jersey and is currently being trained by Smt. Mallika Akella. She has participated in several local and regional musical events including the Sustaining Sampradaya program of Cleveland.
Sharada Krishnan Sharada Krishnan is a rising sophomore at Holmdel High School, NJ. She started learning violin from Smt. Radhika Devrajan. Since 2008, she has been receiving training from Vidwan Sri Vittal Ramamurthy. She has performed as both an accompanist and a soloist in India and around the USA. Sharada has won prizes at Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana and CMANA competitions.
Sharanya Ananth Sharanya Ananth is in Grade 8 at the Academy at Lincoln in Greensboro, NC. She has been learning Carnatic music from her mother since age 5 and gets advanced training from her uncle Dr. Sankaran Mahadevan in Nashville, TN.
Sreehari Raghavan Sreehari Raghavan is a student and performer of Carnatic Music, currently learning from Smt. Suguna Varadachari and Sri. J. Venkataraman. He is an excited performer who desires to perform in a dynamic, creative, and energetic manner that appeals to both learned musicians and general listeners alike. He has won various awards at the Cleveland Aradhana and regional contests. Most recently, he was selected as one of the 4 Carnatic Vocal Category winners in the Indian Raga Fellowship, a contest hosted by a new organization aiming to unite the best Carnatic and Hindustani musicians in North America. He is very interested in learning why the world works as it does. A rising sophomore at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he hopes to study finance and information systems. His inspirations are Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, and many more.
Shreyas Ashok Shreyas has been learning Carnatic music for 9yrs. For the past 5 years he has been learning vocal music under Smt. Mathangi Shankar of Nadopasana School of Music. He attends Cary Academy and is now entering the 10th grade.
Sreeram Venkat Sreeram Venkat is from Carnage Middle School and has been learning Carnatic Music for 7 years. He learned initially from Smt. Shyamala Krishna in Kansas, and for about 4 years now from Smt. Geetha Ganesh.
Sruti Sarathy Sruti Sarathy has been learning Carnatic music, both vocal and violin, from Smt. Anuradha Sridhar, daughter and disciple of Lalgudi Srimathi Brahmanandam, since August 2001. She has won several prizes in competitions, including the prestigious Tambura prize in the Concert Competition from the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana and a second prize in Advanced Pallavi competition. She has also received the ACTA Apprenticeship Award for advanced training in violin. She recently provided violin accompaniment for a CD on Annamacharya songs. Sruti has been giving vocal, violin solo and accompaniment concerts since 2006 and has performed in the Bay Area, Cleveland, Chicago and Chennai. She has accompanied many leading artists including Kum. K. Gayatri, Smt. Shankari Krishnan and Sri. Trichy Ramesh. Sruti is a sophomore at Stanford University.
Sudarshan Mohan Sudarshan Mohan learns vocal music from Ganakala Vipanchee Sri R. Suryaprakash, who is a contemporary torch bearer of the Madurai Mani Iyer school. Sudarshan’s repertoire also includes learnings from Palai Sri C. K. Ramachandran, a prime disciple of Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, and the Cleveland Aradhana’s Sustaining Sampradaya program. Sudarshan presents concerts in India and in the United States. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and is a third year student in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, double majoring in quantitative biology and biostatistics in preparation for a career in cancer therapeutics and research.
Vijay Rachakonda Vijay Rachakonda is an 10th grader at Cuthbertson School, Waxhaw in North Carolina. He has been learning music for about 5 years from Mrs. Mallika Akella and more recently has also been learning from Mrs. Charumathi Ramachandran of Chennai. He has participated in the Sustaining Sampradaya Concert hosted by the Cleveland Aradhana group.
Vishwas Rao Vishwas Rao is a freshman at N.C. State University. He has been learning Carnatic vocal and mridangam for the past 8 years. He had his vocal training from Smt.Varuni Ravinder, disciple of Sri R.K Padmanabhan and is currently learning from Dr. M.S. Vidya - student and daughter of Late Sri Bellary Sheshagiri Achar. He has been learning mridangam from Sri Sudhindra Rao, disciple of Sri Vasudeva Rao, and also from Vidwan Arjun Kumar, disciple of Dr. Umayalpuram K. Shivaraman. Vishwas has given vocal performances and has accompanied on the mridangam around the Triangle, Greensboro and Charlotte areas.
Visrut Sudhakar Visrut Sudhakar is a rising junior at Enloe HS, Raleigh, NC. Currently Visrut is taking advanced training in mridangam from Vidwan Sri. Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan. He has previously learned from Shri.Sudhindra Rao and Dr.P.K.Swaminathan. Visrut has accompanied many local artists and in Sustaining Sampradhaya concerts at Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana. He has also won prizes in the junior and senior percussion competitions at Cleveland.