NCYCAC 2016: 7th Annual Music Festival

About Tammy Lynn Center

The Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities is dedicated, as its name suggests, to the cause of helping children and adults with developmental disabilities. TLC’s mission focuses on “empowering families and enriching the lives of children and adults through education, community and support services.” The Center “serves nearly 400 families each year who are caring for children or adults with developmental disabilities. Because of the unique nature of Tammy Lynn Center, families are able to receive a variety of services, often through more than one Tammy Lynn program during the course of a person’s lifetime.” The organization was “established in 1969 by parents of children with special needs: Billy and Ruth Pierce (whose daughter, the late Tammy Lynn Pierce, is the Center’s namesake), Betty and C. Durham Moore, Jr., and Helen and Irvin B. Tucker.” Located in Raleigh, in close proximity to NC State University, the Center serves as a beacon of hope and a source of care and comfort for many in the community.

Saturday September 3rd

Sunday September 4th

Performance Accompanists Time
Ragasudha School- Violin Samarth Rao - Mridangam 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Sampoorna School Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam 10:25 AM - 10:50 AM
Namrata Rajaraman Pranav Krishnakumar - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
10:55 AM - 11:10 AM
Manasi Krishnakumar Bhargav Tumkur - Violin
Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Fundraising Pitch 11:45 AM - 11:55 PM
Janani Iyer Vignesh Thyagarajan - Violin
Visrut Sudhakar - Mridangam
11:55 AM - 12:55 PM
Lunch 12:55 PM - 1:25 PM
Mallika Mantravadi School Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam 1:25 PM - 1:45 PM
Shruthi and Shwetha Kunjur Srian Pedibhotla - Violin
Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam
1:50 PM - 2:05 PM
Amritha Mahadevan Pranav Krishnakumar - Violin
Kartik Nagaraj - Mridangam
2:10 PM - 2:17 PM
Maina Edula Pranav Krishnakumar - Violin
Kartik Nagaraj - Mridangam
2:17 PM - 2:24 PM
Aishwarya Balaji and Divya Nataraj Srian Pedibhotla - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
2:24 PM - 2:31 PM
Brinda Raghavendra Srian Pedibhotla - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
2:31 PM - 2:38 PM
Siri Rao Srian Pedibhotla - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
2:38 PM - 2:45 PM
Sreya Santanam Vinithra Sudhakar - Violin
Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam
2:50 PM - 3:05 PM
Gayathri Raghavendra Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam
Samarth Rao - Kanjira
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM
Laya Sinchana School 3:45 PM - 4:10 PM
Shreyas Ashok Bhargav Tumkur - Violin
Kapil Ramanarayanan - Mridangam
4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Fundraising Pitch 4:45 PM - 4:55 PM
Madhu Vadlamani Arjun Raghavan - Mridangam
Samyuktha Sreeram - Ghatam
4:55 PM - 5:55 PM
Dinner 5:55 PM - 6:25 PM
Geeta Ganesh School Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam 6:25 PM - 6:50 PM
Fundraising Pitch 6:50 PM - 7:00 PM
Kartikeyan Ardhanareeswaran Vignesh Thyagarajan - Violin
Visrut Sudhakar - Mridangam
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Performance Accompanists Time
Mytreyi Aravind School Kartik Nagaraj - Mridangam 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
SRK School - Violin (Smt. Seetha and Ranjani Ramakrishnan School) Samarth Rao - Mridangam 10:35 AM - 10:45 AM
Shruthi Rajagopalan Pranav Krishnakumar- Violin
Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam
10:50 AM - 11:05 AM
Sreeram Venkat Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin
Kapil Ramanarayanan - Mridangam
11:10 AM - 11:40 AM
Fundraising Pitch 11:40 AM - 11:45 AM
Gautam Nagaraj - Violin Sushmitha Ravikumar - Violin
Sanjeev Raja - Mridangam
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Lunch 12:45 PM - 1:10 PM
Swaranjali School Gaurav Sirdeshmukh- Mridangam 1:10 PM - 1:35 PM
Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam
Samyuktha Sreeram - Ghatam
1:40 PM - 1:55 PM
Medha and Sharadha Rao Pranav Krishnakumar - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
2:00 PM - 2:07 PM
Utkarsh Kumaran Pranav Krishnakumar - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
2:07 PM - 2:14 PM
Girish Ganesh and Vivek Akella - Saxophone Pranav Krishnakumar - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
2:14 PM - 2:21 PM
Ramamohan Vadlamani Vinithra Sudhakar - Violin
Kartik Nagaraj- Mridangam
2:21 PM - 2:28 PM
Vinithra Sudhakar - Violin Kartik Nagaraj- Mridangam 2:28 PM - 2:35 PM
Prashanth Iyer Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin
Samarth Rao - Mridangam
2:40 PM - 2:55 PM
Sankara School - Percussion 3:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Veenai Dhwani Kartik Nagaraj - Mridangam 3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Laasya School Amit Jagannath - Mridangam 3:35 PM - 4:00 PM
Smriti Sridharan - Veena Kartik Nagaraj - Mridangam 4:03 PM - 4:10 PM
Shanmugapriya Vasan Bhargav Tumkur - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Fundraising Pitch 4:45 PM - 4:50 PM
Sushmitha Ravikumar Madhu Vadlamani - Violin
Kapil Ramanarayanan - Mridangam
Samarth Rao - Kanjira
4:50 PM - 5:50 PM
Dinner 5:50 PM - 6:20 PM
Nadopasana School (Smt. Mathangi Shankar) Samarth Rao - Mridangam 6:20 PM - 6:50 PM
Fundraising Pitch 6:50 PM - 7:00 PM
Hrishikesh and Priyanka Chary - Veena Arjun Raghavan - Mridangam
Sanjeev Raja - Mridangam
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Artist Bio
Aishwarya Balaji Aishwarya Balaji is an 8th grader from TMSA. She has been learning Carnatic Music since the tender age of four and is being classically trained by her Guru Smt. Subha Sundar and by her Guru’s Guru Sri K.N. Raghu. She has participated in several music programs such as Swaralaya, NCYCAC and other local events. Apart from music her interests include learning Bharathanatyam and western flute.
Amrita Mahadevan Amrita Mahadevan is a 10th grade student at Green Hope High School. She has been learning Carnatic music for 9 years under the tutelage of her guru Smt. Mathangi Shankar who is the Director of Nadopasana Music School. She has performed at Swaralaya and participated with her music school at previous NCYCAC and other local events. In addition to this, Amrita plays the piano and also she plays the clarinet in her school concert bands and High School Marching Band.
Arjun Raghavan Arjun Raghavan is a disciple of Sangita Kala Acharya Shri. T.H. Subash Chandran. He has also learned from Shri. Sudhindra Rao and Shri. Venkat Natarajan. Arjun has performed with several senior musicians including Sangita Kalanidhi Shri. Trichur Ramachandran. He is the recipient of the Yuva Kala Bharathi and Azhiyur Natesa Iyer awards for Mridangam from Bharat Kalachar and Sri Krishna Gana Sabha respectively. Arjun is a rising senior in college, dual enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.
Bhargav Tumkur Bhargav Tumkur is learning violin under the principal guidance of Sri Subash Vinjamuri of Springfield, Virginia for the past 5 years. He is also guided by Kamalakiran Vinjamuri and more recently by Sri Delhi Sunder Rajan of Chennai. Bhargav learns Carnatic vocal from Smt. Padmini Ravi of Chennai.
Brinda Raghavendra Brinda Raghavendra is a sophomore at Enloe High School. She has been learning Carnatic music for 8 years and currently learns from Smt. Mytreyi Shastry Aravind. She also plays western flute in the Triangle Youth Symphony and is a regular at the SV Temple Bhajans on Saturdays.
Divya Nataraj Divya Nataraj is a ninth grader in Green Hope High School. Divya has been learning Carnatic music for 10 years. She is a student of Sampoorna Fine Arts where she learns from gurus Sri. K.N Raghu and Smt. Subha Sundar. She has also learnt from guru Smt. Vatsala Sampathkumar of Bangalore. Divya has participated in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Swaralaya and with her music school at NCYCAC and other local events. Divya plays the violin in her school orchestra and also plays the piano.
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh Gaurav Sirdeshmukh is a rising tenth grader at East Chapel Hill high school in North Carolina. He has been learning mridangam under the tutelage of Ghatam Vidwan TH Subashchandran in Chennai and Arjun Raghavan in Chapel Hill for more than 7 years. Gaurav has played at several venues including the Cleveland, Greensboro and Charlotte aradhanas, SV Temple and HSNC temple of Morrisville, Swaralaya NC, NCYCAC and for various schools around North Carolina. Gaurav has also played the piano for seven years.
Gautam Nagaraj Gautam Nagaraj is a physics and math major and Park Scholar at NC State University. Hailing from a family of musicians, he began learning vocal Carnatic music at the age of five and piano at six. He has performed in several venues in the Triangle, Chicago, and Mysore, and is currently under the tutelage of Sangeetha Choodamani O. S. Thiagarajan and Shri Palghat Sridhar.
Gayathri Raghavendra Gayathri Raghavendra is a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. She learns veena from Smt. Subha Sridharan. Gayathri has won prizes in the Junior and Senior Krithi and Alapana categories at the Cleveland Thygaraja Festival. In addition to learning veena, she has also attended Governer’s School for choral music.
Hrishikesh Chary Hrishikesh Chary began his veena training at the age of 6 from his father Sri Srikanth Chary, a disciple of the music maestro, the late Padmabhushan Sri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. Hrishikesh has won several prizes in various competitions, including the prestigious concert competition at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana in 2010. Hrishikesh is pursuing a master’s degree in chemical engineering at Purdue University.
Janani Iyer Janani Purna-Pushkala Iyer aka Janani P. Iyer, is the disciple of Padmabhushan, Sangeetha Kalaacharya Sri P.S. Narayanaswamy, the torch-bearer of Semmangudi Bani. Her intial training was with Vasanthi Iyer in Chicago and under Vidwan Vaikam Jayachandran from Chennai. Later she moved to Chennai to pursue academics and Carnatic Music from Shri PSN mama for last five years. A ‘Valaypatti Child Artist’ Awardee in 2013, Finalist in the Prestigious Times Tyagaraja Awards 2015 and Tanishq Swarna Sangeetham(Season 2), Cleveland Aradhana 2016 Concert competition prize, Chicago Tyagaraja utsavam’s Accompanied (Level 4) competition winner, Janani has many such awards and accolades to her credit, from various Sabhas and musical institutions in India and USA. She has performed Carnatic Vocal concerts extensively both in India and USA. As part of Abhaswaram Ramjhi’s Issai mazhalai group, she has performed marriage concerts and also been featured in their annual production – ‘Jaya TV’s Balabrahmam’. Janani has had the privilege to perform the Inagural concert for Cleveland tyagaraja Aradhana in 2013 She has the privisung for dance programs such as ‘Saahitya’ featured in Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana 2016 and in Ontario, Canada. Embellishing her musical experience, Janani was able to participate as a Faculty in Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana 2015.
Kapil Ramanarayanan Kapil is an 11th grader at Enloe High School. He has been learning mridhangam for almost 11 years and is currently learning from Vidwan Bangalore Arjun Kumar. He has also been learning western violin for almost 12 years and is part of the Triangle Philharmonic Association. Kapil is also pursuing A Capella and is as a beat boxer.
Karthik Ardhanareeswaran Karthik Ardhanareeswaran has been a student of Carnatic music since the age of 6. Initially, he trained under Professor T.R. Subramaniam and his senior disciple, Smt. Gnanam Subramaniam. He currently trains under Sri. O.S. Thyagarajan. Since the age of 14, he has had the unique honor of offering vocal support to Sri. O.S. Thyagarajan during the Chennai December Season. An avid performer, he has given over 30 solo concerts (including at venues such as Vani Mahal and Kartik Fine Arts) and provided vocal support in over 70 venues throughout the United States and India.
Kartik Nagaraj Kartik is a rising 8th grader at Carnage Middle School. Kartik has been playing mridangam since the past 5 years. His initial training was under the tutelage of Vid. Sudhindra Rao. He later started to learn from Vid. Arjun Kumar. Kartik has played at Swaralaya and NCYCAC over the past few years.
Madhu Vadlamani Madhu (Ganesh) Vadlamani is a sophomore at UNC, Chapel Hill, pursuing Major in AstroPhysics and computer Science. His initial training started in vocal 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 Sustaining Sampradaya programs in Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana. Madhu has accompanied and also given solo concerts all over USA, Canada and India. He also provided orchestra support for several dance Aragentrams. Madhu won several prizes in cleveland music competition in the senior category of Violin. He is also a board member of North Carolina Youth Classical Arts for Charity (NCYCAC).
Maina Edula Maina Edula is a freshman at UNC Chapel Hill. She has been learning Carnatic music from Smt. Mallika Akella in Charlotte, NC, and has performed in the local Thyagaraja and Purandaradada Aradhanas. In addition, she also sings film music and has given light music concerts in Hyderabad’s Thyagaraja Ganasabha and Ravindrabharathi.
Manasi Krishnakumar Manasi Krishnakumar, Sophomore in Panther Creek High School was initiated in to carnatic music by Mathangi Shankar in Cary . Manasi currently learns Carnatic vocal under the guidance of Chaittrra Sairam, disciple of Vidushi Bombay Jayashri and Shrimathi Ramya Kapadia, Natyarpana School of Dance and Music. Manasi also enjoys painting in her free time.
Namrata Rajaraman Namrata has been learning Carnatic vocal for 11 years under Smt Subha Sundarrajan and recently for the past 2 years under Sri K.N. Raghu. She is a sophomore at Enloe High School.
Pranav Krishnakumar Pranav Krishnakumar , 8th grader in Martin Middle School started learning violin from Shri Vikram Ragukumar. Currently Pranav is under the tutelage of Vidwan Vittal Ramamurthy. Pranav also plays Western violin at school and is part of Duke String School orchestra.
Prashanth Iyer Prashanth Iyer is currently a student of Smt.Ranjani Ramakrishnan. He has been performing at NCYCAC for the past 4 years and has also performed locally at Swaralaya. In addition to Carnatic vocal music, he learns Western classical piano and guitar. He is very interested in the fusion of different genres of music.
Priyanka Chary Priyanka Chary started learning the veena at the age of six from her father, Sri Srikanth Chary, who is a disciple of the late music legend Lalgudi Sri G. Jayaraman. She has given many performances around the US. She has competed in several regional and national music competitions, like the Cleveland Thygaraja Aradhana and the Papanasam Sivan Competition, and won 1st place awards for krithi, alapana, kalpana swarams and pallavi rendition. Priyanka has also undergone training in vocal music from Smt. Hema Sista, a disciple of Dr. M. L. Vasanthakumari and learns bharatanatyam from Smt. Nirupama Vaidhyanathan.
Sanjeev Raja Sanjeev Raja is a disciple of Vidwan Sri Melakkaveri Balaji and has been receiving intense training in mridangam for the past 10 years. He was won many first prizes in the Cleveland Aradhana and CMANA music competitions and has performed in many concerts and festivals in USA and India. Sanjeev is a junior at Allen High School in Dallas, TX and plays the saxophone in his school’s Top Band. He is also an avid tennis player and competes regularly in the Dallas area.
Shanmugapriya Vasan Shanmugapriya Vasan 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 Smt.Leelavathy Gopalakrishnan. She is currently receiving advanced training from Kalaimamani Smt.Charumathi Ramachandran of Chennai. She has participated in local and regional musical events including the Sustaining Sampradaya program of Cleveland and has given solo performances on platforms such as Swaralaya and NCYCAC and the Indian Classical Performing Arts Series at Richmond, Virginia.
Shreyas Ashok Shreyas has been learning music for more than ten years. He is currently learning from Vidwan Sri. R Suryaprakash and Smt. Mathangi Shankar. Shreyas has performed at NCYCAC and SRGMPDN in Washington, DC, as well as various other local events. He is a freshman at NC State University.
Siddharth Gadepalli Siddharth Gadepalli is a junior at Enloe High School. He has been learning mridangam for the past 8 years under the tutelage of the Laya Sinchana School by Shri Sudhindhra Rao, and he is now taking advanced training under Shri H. S. Sudheendra. He also learns vocal music under Smt. Smitha Prasad and Shri Siri Varadan.
Smriti Sridharan Smriti is a Eighth grader at Carnage Middle school and has been learning Carnatic vocals for the past 9 years. She started learning the Veena from her mom, Smt.Subha Sridharan and now, she is under the tutelage of senior Vidushi Smt. Kalyani Ganesan.
Sreeram Venkat Sreeram Venkat is a Senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He started his training under Smt. Shyamala Krishna in Kansas. He now learns from Smt. Geetha Ganesh in Cary. Sreeram has performed in many local venues as well as in India. He also won a prize in the Whistle Competition at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aaradhana.
Sreya Santanam Sreya Santanam is a junior at Green Hope High School. She has been learning Carnatic music since she was 4, with formal instruction from 6 years of age from Smt. Subha Sundarajan and more recently, also from her father Sri. K.N.Raghu. Sreya has performed at NCYCAC in years past, and is looking forward to share her love of music with all of you.
Sushmitha Ravikumar Sushmitha Ravikumar is a Carnatic vocalist and violinist. She is learning vocal from Shri. Madurai R. Sundar, disciple of Sangeetha Kalanithi Shri. T.N. Seshagopalan and violin from Sri. Jayshankar Balan. She has won several awards and prizes in all major competitions for both vocal and violin in USA and India fine arts, including M.S. Subbulakshmi award, Junior Musician Award, Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, People’s choice award, and First runner up award in Jaya TV North American Carnatic Music Idol. She has accompanied many concerts for local artists as well as artists from India and dance arangetrams. Sushmitha is a senior at The Ohio State University in Columbus pursuing Chemical Engineering.
Utkarsh Kumaran Utkarsh is a rising junior at Panther Creek High School. He currently learns carnatic vocal from Dr. Salem Gayatri Venkatesan with a foundation from Smt. Geetha Ganesh since eight years of age. He also plays trumpet for his school marching band and jazz bands. He will sing an Annamacharyya kriti at the NCYCAC festival.
Vignesh Thyagarajan Vignesh Thyagarajan started his initial training in Carnatic vocal and violin from his mother Smt. Rama Thyagarajan at a very young age. He is a disciple of his uncle Vidwan Delhi Sri. P. SunderRajan. Vignesh is a sought after accompanist in the US, and frequents Chennai for the December Music Festival. Vignesh is a 3rd year student at San Jose State University, where he is pursuing his studies in Software Engineering.
Vinithra Sudhakar Vinithra is a sophomore at Enloe High School in Raleigh. She began learning violin from Ranjani Ramakrishnan in 2012. In addition to violin, she also serves as an NCYCAC Key Contributor.
Visrut Sudhakar Visrut Sudhakar is an upcoming mridangam artist from Cary, North Carolina. Under the tutelage of Acharya Rathnakara Sri. Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan, he has performed throughout the US and India in concerts, bharatanatyam orchestras, and fusion performances. Visrut is currently pursuing degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from UNC Chapel Hill.