NCYCAC 2015: 6th Annual Music Festival

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Saturday September 1st

Sunday September 2nd

Performance Accompanists Time
Laasya School of Dance and Music Kartik Nagaraj - Mridangam 10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Nadopasana School of Music Kartik Nagaraj - Mridangam 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Aditya Chakravarthy Kamalakiran Vinjamuri - Violin
Visrut Sudhakar - Mridangam
11:05 AM - 12:05 PM
Lunch 12:05 PM - 12:25 PM
Ramakrishnan Violin School Samarth Rao - Mridangam 12:25 PM - 12:40 PM
Sreeram Venkat Saketha Pantula - Violin
Vishwas Rao - Mridangam
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
Geeta Ganesh School of Music Pranav Krishnakumar - Violin
Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam
1:20 PM - 1:45 PM
Fundraising Pitch 1:45 PM - 1:55 PM
Neyha Shankar Pranav Krishnakumar - Violin
Samarth Rao - Mridangam
1:55 PM - 2:02 PM
Shivani Sundaram Pranav Krishnakumar - Violin
Samarth Rao - Mridangam
2:02 PM - 2:09 PM
Charanya and Bavana Srinivasan Pranav Krishnakumar - Violin
Samarth Rao - Mridangam
2:09 PM - 2:16 PM
Shruthi and Shwetha Kunjur Vinithra Sudhakar - Violin
Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam
2:16 PM - 2:23 PM
Maitreyi Sivaraman Vinithra Sudhakar - Violin
Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam
2:23 PM - 2:30 PM
Sreya Santanam and Namrata Rajaraman Vinithra Sudhakar - Violin
Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam
2:30 PM - 2:37 PM
Sankara School of Percussion 2:45 PM - 2:55 PM
Madhu Vadlamani Kapil Ramanarayanan - Violin
Samyuktha Sreeram - Mridangam
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Ragasudha School Samarth Rao - Mridangam 3:30 PM - 3:55 PM
Manasi Krishnakumar Maitreyi Sivaraman
Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Fundraising Pitch 4:15 PM - 4:25 PM
Natyarpana School of Dance and MusicGaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam 4:25 PM - 4:35 PM
Abhishek Balakrishnan Keerthi Venkataramani - Mridangam
Samarth Rao - Kanjira
4:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Dinner 5:40 PM - 6:00 PM
Sudarshan Mohan Neha Krishnamachary - Violin
Gopal Ravindhran - Mridangam
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Fundraising Pitch 7:30 PM - 7:40 PM
Maadhurya School of Music Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
7:40 PM - 8:20 PM
Performance Accompanists Time
Mytreyi Aravind School of Music Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Gayathri Raghavendra Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
Samyuktha Sreeram - Ghatam
10:25 AM - 10:55 AM
Gautam NagarajNeha Krishnamachary - Violin
Kapil Ramanarayanan - Mridangam
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lunch 12:00 PM - 12:25 PM
NCYCAC Special Program 12:20 PM - 12:50 PM
Shanmugapriya Vasan Saketha Pantula - Violin
Kapil Ramanarayanan - Mridangam
12:55 PM - 1:10 PM
Saketha Pantula Madhu Vadlamani - Violin
Visrut Sudhakar - Mridangam
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Fundraising Pitch 1:30 PM - 1:40 PM
Pooja Panduranga Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin
Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam
1:40 PM - 1:47 PM
Srian Pedibhotla Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam 1:47 PM - 1:54 PM
Girish Ganesh Shyan Pedibhotla - Tabla
Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam
1:54 PM - 2:01 PM
Ram Vadlamani Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
2:01 PM - 2:08 PM
Prashanth Iyer Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
2:08 PM - 2:15 PM
Shreyas Ashok Saketa Pantula - Violin
Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam
2:20 PM - 2:50 PM
Smt. Mallika Mantravadi School Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam 2:55 PM - 3:10 PM
Fundraising Pitch 3:10 PM - 3:20 PM
Veenai Dhwani Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam 3:20 PM - 3:35 PM
Sharanya Ananth Gautam Nagaraj - Keyboard
Sudhanshu Deshpande - Tabla
3:20 PM - 3:35 PM
Swaranjali Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam 4:00 PM - 4:25 PM
Madhu Vadlamani Madhu Vadlamani - Violin
Gopal Ravindhran - Mridangam
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Dinner 5:30PM - 5:50PM
Shruthi/Shashank with Kamalakiran Keerthi Venkataramani - Mridangam
Arjun Raghavan - Mridangam
5:50 PM - 7:20 PM
Fundraising Pitch 7:20 PM - 7:30 PM
"Theermanam" by Laya Sinchana School of Percussion 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Mangalam 8:00 PM - 8:05 PM
Artist Bio
Abhishek Balakrishnan Abhishek Balakrishnan is a student of Sri Delhi P. Sunder Rajan. He was introduced to violin by Sri Vittal Ramamurthy and received advanced training for 6 years under Kalaimamani Smt. Usha Rajagopalan. Abhishek has been a participant in NCYCAC since 2011 and is very happy to have the opportunity to perform this year.
Adithya Chakravarthy Adithya is a Grade 10 student at the University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, Canada. Adithya started learning Carnatic music in 2005, under the tutelage of Smt. Sandhya Srivatsan in Toronto, Canada. Adithya also learnt from Smt. Subhashree Ramachandran. He is now undergoing training under the tutelage of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Madurai Shri. T. N Seshagopalan and Smt. Rajarajeswari Bhat based in Texas, USA. Adithya has performed in various concerts in Canada, USA and India. He has won various awards, most notable ones being: i) People’s Choice Award and 2nd Runner-up Award in 2012 Carnatic Music Idol USA Junior competition held in California ii) Winner of Carnatic Music Idol USA 2013 Junior competition held in Chicago iii) Winner of 2014 Concert Competition in Cleveland Aradhana Festival iv) 2015 Indian Raga Fellow.
Arjun Raghavan Arjun Raghavan is a disciple of Vidwan Shri. T.H. Subash Chandran. He has also learned from Shri. Sudhindra Rao, and Dr. Venkat Natarajan. Arjun has performed with senior musicians including Smt. Charumathi and Sangita Kalanidhi Shri. Trichur Ramachandran, Shri.O.S.Thiagarajan, Akkarai Sisters, and Santoor maestro Shri.Tarun Bhattacharya. He has performed in over 60 concerts in the Chennai December Music festival since 2009. Arjun is a junior in college, dual enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. He has been actively involved in the local community as co-founder and board member of NCYCAC since 2010 and as the organizer of Swaralaya Music programs for four years.
Gautam Nagaraj Gautam Nagaraj is a physics and math major, music minor, and Park Scholar at North Carolina State University. Born into a musical family–his great-grandfather was the renowned seven-stringed violinist R. R. Keshavamurthy and both of his grandmothers are established musicians–he began learning vocal Carnatic music at age 5. For several years, he received tutelage from Smt. Varuni Ravinder. Currently, he learns from Sangeetha Kalasagara O. S. Thiagarajan and Shri Palghat Sridhar. Gautam has performed in numerous venues in the Triangle, Mysore, and Chicago.
Gayathri Raghavendra Gayathri Raghavendra is junior at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. She is also a recent alum of Governor’s School East 2015, attending for Choral Music. She has been learning veena from Smt. Subha Sridharan for over 8 years. Gayathri has won prizes in both the Junior and Senior Krithi and Alapana categories in Veena at the 2013 and 2015 Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Festivals.
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri Kamalakiran Vinjamuri is a freshman at George Mason university. He initially learned from his grandfather Sri parthasarathy iyengar, and then smt.malladi vijayalakshmi. He currently learns from his father Sri subhash vinjamuri, and padmasri kalaimamani Kumari a. Kanyakumari. He accompanied several leading and upcoming artists besides giving solo performances both in the us and in india.
Kapil Ramanarayanan Kapil is a rising sophomore at Enloe High School in Raleigh. He has been learning mridangam for over 10 years and is currently learning from Sri Bangalore Arjun Kumar. Kapil has also been learning western violin for 11 years and participates in the Triangle Philharmonic Association.
Keerthi Venkataramani Keerthi initially started learning from Sri Suresh Ramachandran of New Jersey at the age of 6. He is currently undergoing advanced training under Sri Melakkaveri Balaji. He is a sophomore at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, pursuing a degree in electrical engineering.
Madhu Vadlamani Madhu Ganesh Vadlamani is a rising freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His initial training started from his aunt Smt.Sujana Parupalli at the age of 6. He subsequently switched to violin and is currently under the tutelage of Smt. Seetha Ramakrishnan and Smt. Ranjani Ramakrishnan. He has given violin support for several Sustaining Sampradaya programs in Cleveland Thygaraja Aradhana. Madhu has accompanied and also given solo concerts in many music festivals all over USA. He also has played for many dance Arangetrams. Madhu won many 1st place prizes in Cleveland music competition in the senior category of Violin. He is also a chief member of North Carolina Youth Classical Arts for Charity or NCYCAC. He plans to major in astrophysics in college.
Maitreyi Sivaraman Maitreyi Sivaraman has been learning Carnatic violin from Smt Seetha Ramakrishnan and Ranjani Ramakrishnan for the last 5 years. She also learns Carnatic vocal from Mathangi Shankar . She has participated in various cultural and religious events in both violin and vocal in the Triangle area. She has also accompanied local artistes for the Swaralaya and the NCYCAC events. Maitreyi won second place in violin in the Kalpana swaram category at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana competition early this year.
Manasi Krishnakumar Manasi Krishnakumar, rising 9th Grader learns Carnatic music under the guidance of Shri Ramya Kapadia, Natyarpana School of Dance and Music. and from Vidushi Bombay Jayashri’s music school. Manasi also learns Bharatnatyam from Shri Ramya Kapadia and also does paintings in her free time.
Neha Krishnamachary Neha Krishnamachary is a junior at New York University Stern School of Business. She started her initial tutelage under Ms. Janaki Iyer, and now continues advanced training under Vidwan Sri. Vittal Ramamurthy. Neha performs regularly around the US and in Chennai during the music season. Neha would like to thank all her YSL gurus for their support and guidance.
Pranav Krishnakumar Pranav Krishnakumar is a rising 7th grader. Pranav started learning violin from Vikram Raghukumar since age 5. Pranav has had additional training from Vidushi Kanya Kumari’s senior disciple, Shrimathi Anusha over the summer.
Saketa Pantula Saketha Pantula is a 10th grader from Maryland. He performs Vocal and Violin concerts in the U.S. and India. He is a recipient of the Indian Raga Fellowship for 2015, and has won many prizes in competitions conducted by prestigious institutions such as the Sringeri Vidya Bharathi Foundation, and Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana. He learns Vocal from his aunt Dr. Pantula Rama, and VIolin from his uncle Sri MSN Murthy.
Samyuktha Sreeram Samyuktha Sreeram is an 8th grader at Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia. She learns Ghatam from Sri TH Subash Chandran and vocal music.
Shanmugapriya Vasan Shanmugapriya Vasan is a rising Senior at Ardrey Kell High School. She began her music training at the age of 7 with Smt.Neyveli Ramalakshmi of New Jersey, continued under the guidance of Smt.Mallika Vadlamani and is currently being trained by Smt. Chaarumathi Ramachandran. She has participated in several local and regional musical events including the Sustaining Sampradaya program of Cleveland, Swaralaya, NCYCAC, and the Indian Classical Performing Arts Series.
Sharanya Ananth Sharanya Ananth is a student of Hindustani Classical Music for six years. Her guru is Pt. Mohankumar Darekar, a deciple of Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki. She has given several performances in local music festivals in NC, TN in both Hindustani and Carnatic styles. She is a 10th grader at the Early College at Guilford in Greensboro, NC.
Shashank Subramaniam Shashank and Shruthi Subramaniam began learning the flute at the age of 7 from Smt. Sunitha Grandhee. They currently take advanced lessons from Vidhwan Sri R. Thiagarajan, son of legendary flute maestro Sri Dr. N. Ramani. The twins have given several concerts in venues around the US and India and will be entering their senior year at the University of Michigan this fall.
Shreyas Ashok Shreyas has been learning music for more than ten years. He is currently learning from Smt. Mathangi Shankar of Nadopasana School of Music. Shreyas has been performing in the local area, including NCYCAC 2014. He will be a senior at Cary Academy.
Shruthi Subramaniam Shruthi Subramaniam began learning Carnatic music on the bamboo flute at the age of 7, and had her initial training under Smt. Dr. Sunitha Grandhee, disciple of the flute vidwan Sri. Dr. N. Ramani. She has previously taken lessons from Palai Sri. C.K. Ramachandran, the premier disciple of the legendary Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, and currently undergoes advanced training from Sri R. Thiagarajan, son of Dr. Ramani. Shruthi has given concerts at various venues throughout the Midwestern United States as well as in Chennai. Shruthi is a rising senior at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor and is double majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and Anthropology.
Siddharth Gadepalli Siddharth is a tenth grader at Enloe High School. He has been learning mridangam for the past seven years under the tutelage of the Laya Sinchana School by Shri Sudhindra Rao, and has accompanied for many local events. He has also been learning vocal for the past three years under Smt. Smitha Prasad and Shri Siri Varadan.
Sreeram Venkat Sreeram Venkat has been learning Carnatic music for over 10 years. He started learning under Smt. Shymala Krishna in Kansas. He is currently a student of Smt. Geetha Ganesh in Cary. Sreeram has performed at many local venues such as the Thyagaraja Aaradhana, NCYCAC, and Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam as well as the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aaradhana. He has also performed in India.
Sudarshan Mohan Sudarshan Mohan is from Apex, NC. He learns Carantic vocal music from Gana Kala Vipanchee Sri R. Suryaprakash, the contemporary torch bearer of the Madurai Mani Iyer style of Carnatic Music. Sudarshan has graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, double majoring in Biostatistics and Quantitative Biology, and he aims to have a career in Cancer Therapeutics and Research.
Vidya Kanthan Vidya Kanthan began learning Carnatic music under Srirangam S. Prasanna Venkatesh at the age of 7. She is also a disciple of Vidwan Guru Shri Neyveli Santhanagopalan. Vidya has won numerous prizes, including the CMANA Advanced category title 2014 and Cleveland Concert Competition 2015.
Vijay Rachakonda Vijay is a rising senior at Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw, North Carolina. He has learned from Smt. Mallika Akella, and is now under is under the tutelage of Smt. Charumathi Ramachandran. He has participated in concerts statewide in Raleigh, as well as Sustaining Sampradhaya in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana.
Vinithra Sudhakar Vinithra Sudhakar is a 9th grade student at Enloe High School. She began learning carnatic violin from Sri Suresh Krishnamurthy, then later from Smt. Seetha Ramakrishnan and Smt, Ranjani Ramakrishnan. She has since performed small solo slots at local venues in North Carolina.
Vishwas Rao Vishwas Rao is a sophmore at N.C. State University. He has been learning mridangam for the past 10 years. 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 accompanied on the mridangam around the Triangle, Greensboro and Charlotte areas.
Visrut Sudhakar Visrut Sudhakar is an upcoming mridangam artist from Cary, North Carolina under the skillful tutelage of Laya Rathnakara Sri. Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan. Visrut has performed in prestigious sabhas in both the United States and Chennai, such as in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival where he also won several prizes in percussion and accompaniment competitions. In addition to traditional concerts, Visrut has played in many Bharatanatyam orchestras, plays with a fusion band, and is a board member of the North Carolina Youth Classical Arts for Charity. Currently, Visrut is a first year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill planning to pursue a degree in Computer Science.