NCYCAC 2014: 5th Annual Music Festival

About Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement

The Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement is a development Organization engaged in building a new civil society in India through its grassroots to policy level action in Health, Education, Community Development & Training sectors. SVYM believes that building human and social capital will result in economic consequences and all of SVYM’s programs are driven by this development paradigm. SVYM believes that building human and social capital will result in economic consequences and all of SVYM’s programs are driven by this development paradigm. SVYM is also rooted to its values of Satya- Truthfulness, Ahimsa- Non Violence, Seva- Service and Tyaga- Sacrifice, which is reflected in its program design and delivery, transactions with its stakeholders, resource utilization, disclosures and openness to public scrutiny. Buying in support from the community, working in healthy partnership with the government and corporate sectors and sharing its experiences with like-minded Organizations have been the hallmark of SVYM’s evolution over the last 3 decades.

Saturday September 1st

Sunday September 2nd

Performance Accompanists Time
Smt. Geetha Ganesh School of Music Adchayan Segaran - Mridangam 10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Vishwas Rao Saketa Pantula- Violin
Kapil Ramnarayanan - Mridangam
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Nadopasana School of Music Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
10:50 AM - 11:20 AM
Guhan Venkataraman Nyanthara Narasimhan - Violin
Arjun Raghavan - Mridangam
11:25 PM - 12:25 PM
Lunch 12:25 PM - 12:45 PM
Laasya School of Music and Dance Amith Jagannath - Mridangam 12:45 PM - 1:05 PM
Sreeram Venkat Saketa Pantula - Violin
Kapil Ramnarayanan - Mridangam
1:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Smt. Ranjani Ramakrishnan and Smt. Seetha Ramakrishnan School Kathyaayini Kashyap - Mridangam 1:45 PM - 1:55 PM
Madhu (Ganesh) Vadlamani Visrut Sudhakar - Mridangam 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Fundraising Pitch 2:30 PM - 2:40 PM
Prashanth Iyer Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
2:40 PM - 2:47 PM
Ram Vadlamani Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh - Mridangam
2:47 PM - 2:54 PM
Pooja Panduranga Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin
Kartik Nagaraj - Mridangam
2:54 PM - 3:01 PM
Manasi Krishnakumar Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin
Kartik Nagaraj - Mridangam
3:01 PM - 3:08 PM
Gayathri Raghavendra Saketa Pantula - Violin
Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam
Samarth Rao - Khanjira
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Natyarpana School of Music Kartik Nagaraj - Mridangam 3:35 PM - 3:50 PM
Fundraising Pitch 3:50 PM - 4:00 PM
Sampoorna Fine Arts Maitreyi Sivaraman - Violin
Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam
4:00 PM - 4:25 PM
Kruthi Bhat Siddharth Ashokkumar - Violin
Amit Ranganathan - Mridangam
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Dinner 5:45 PM - 6:05 PM
LayaSinchana (Sri Sudhindra Rao) 6:05 PM - 6:35 PM
Fundraising Pitch 6:35 PM - 6:45 PM
Deepti Shroff Abhishek Balakrishnan - Violin
Amit Ranganathan - Mridangam
6:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Performance Accompanists Time
Smt. Shubha Sridharan School Kapil Ramanarayanam - Mridangam 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Shreyas Ashok Madhu (Ganesh) Vadlamani - Violin
Vishwas Rao - Mridangam
10:25 AM - 10:55 AM
Gautam Nagaraj Madhu (Ganesh) Vadlamani - Violin
Visrut Sudhakar - Mridangam
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lunch 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
T.H. Subash Chandran's Sankara School 12:20 PM - 12:35 PM
Vijay Rachakonda Madhu (Ganesh) Vadlamani - Violin
Vishwas Rao - Mridangam
12:40 PM - 1:10 PM
Smt. Mallika Akella School Siddharth Gadepalli - Mridangam 1:15 PM - 1:35 PM
Abhishek Balakrishnan Visrut Sudhakar - Mridangam 1:40 PM - 2:10 PM
Fundraising Pitch 2:10 PM - 2:20 PM
Samyuktha Sreeram Saketha Pantula - Violin
Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam
2:20 PM - 2:27 PM
Neyha Shankar Saketha Pantula - Violin
Eashwar Mahadevan - Mridangam
2:27 PM - 2:34 PM
Sharanya Ananth Saketha Pantula - Violin
Samarth Rao - Mridangam
2:40 PM - 2:55 PM
Greensboro Music Schools Charan Segaran - Mridangam 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Dr. Balu (SVYM President) 3:15 PM - 3:25 PM
Thala Vadyam Presentation 3:25 PM - 3:55 PM
Duke/UNC/NCSU Sangeet Group Abhishek Balakrishnan - Violin
Arjun Raghavan - Mridangam
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Shanmugapriya Vasan Abhishek Balakrishnan - Violin
Arjun Raghavan - Mridangam
4:20 PM - 4:35 PM
Sudharshan Mohan Nyanthara Narasimhan - Violin
Vignesh Venkataraman - Mridangam
4:40 AM - 5:40 PM
Dinner 5:40 PM - 6:00 PM
Maadhurya School of Music Samarth Rao - Mridangam 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Dr. Balu (SVYM President) 6:30 PM - 6:40 PM
Anirudh Venkatesh Siddharth Ashokkumar - Violin
Vignesh Venkataraman - Mridangam
6:40 PM - 8:10 PM

Meet the 2014 Artists

Artist Bio
Abhishek Balakrishnan No Bio Provided
Amit Ranganathan Amit Ranganathan has been learning mrudangam under the tutelage of Guru Sri Ravindra Bharathy Sridharan, Artistic Director of Nadhopasana Academy of Fine Arts. In September 2013, Amit had his arangetram accompanying Sangeetha Kala Saarathy Sri. Neyveli Santhanagopalan. Amit has won prizes in the junior and senior level mrudangam competitions at Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival in 2012 and 2013, including the first place in the senior category. Amit has also learnt carnatic vocal music under the tutelage of Smt. Jayashree Varadarajan. He is a senior at Cupertino High School.
Anirudh Venkatesh Anirudh began learning from Smt. Padma Kutty and later from the distinguished gurus, Smt. Sugandha Kalamegham and Sri Seetharama Sharma. In 2002, he was initiated into the Semmangudi Bani by Sri Palai C.K. Ramachandran. Since 2005, Anirudh has also been training under the illustrious Padmabhushan Sri P.S. Narayanaswamy. Anirudh has performed in several venues both in India and abroad, and has won many awards at the annual music competitions held at the Music Academy, Madras and the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana. He is a recent Alumni of Stanford University.
Deepti Shroff Deepti Shroff is an Alumni of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Deepti has been learning Carnatic vocal music, Bharathanatyam dancing, and mridangam for the past ten years. Deepti has learnt music from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Professor T.N. Krishnan and Kalaimamani Smt. Suguna Purushothaman. Deepti has presented vocal and dance concerts in the Raleigh area, Tampa, Florida, and in Chennai and Bangalore in India. Deepti has won several music competitions in the USA and has been auditioned and selected to be showcased as promising youth talent by the Charsur Arts Foundation, India. Deepti also serves in the Board of the North Carolina Youth Classical Arts for Charity (NCYCAC).
Gaurav Sirdeshmukh Gaurav Sirdeshmukh is a rising eighth grader at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill. He has been learning to play the Mridangam for about 5 years, from his teacher in Chapel Hill, Arjun Raghavan and their Guru, Vidwan Shri. T. H. Subash Chandran, from Chennai. He has performed at the 2013 NCYCAC festival, ICMDS Talent Show, Swaralaya and in the Charlotte and Greensboro Aradhana festivals. Gaurav has also been training to play piano for over eight years.
Gautam Nagaraj No Bio Provided
Guhan Venkataraman Guhan is a veena artist of the Karaikudi parampara. He started learning veena from his mother Smt. Lakshmi Venkataraman at age 8 and continues his learning under his mother's guru Kalaimamani Smt. Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, who is a direct disciple of the legendary Karaikudi Sri. Sambasiva Iyer. Guhan has been performing extensively in US and India. Guhan is a student of Stanford University.
Kruthi Bhat Kruthi Bhat was initiated to Carnatic music by her grand mother Smt. Krishnaveni. Kruthi is under the tutelage of her mother Vidhushi Rajarajeshwari Bhat, uncle Vidwan Vittal Ramamurthy, Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan, and Smt. S. Sowmya. She has learned from Sri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and T.R. Subramanyan. She is a recipient of the Carnatic Music Idol of USA 2013, and the Indian Raga Fellowship from MIT, Boston.
Manasi Krishnakumar Manasi Krishna Kumar, rising 8th Grader in Martin Middle School learns Carnatic music under the guidance of Shri Ramya Kapadia, Natyarpana School of Dance and Music. Manasi also gets additional training from Shri Swetha Sriram, Shri Bombay Jayashri's disciple and has been blessed to go on musical retreats with Shri Bombay Jayashr and her group for last couple of years. Manasi also learns Bharatnatyam from Shri Ramya Kapadia and also does paintings in her free time.
Neyha Shankar Neyha Shankar has been learning from Smt. Geetha Ganesh for 10 years. She has competed at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana twice in years past. Additionally, she has performed at NCYCAC for the past 4 years and has also given a 15-minute concert for Swaralaya.
Nyantara Narasimhan Nyantara has been training in both voice and violin from Smt. Anuradha Sridhar for over 10 years. Nyan has been featured in many of her music school, Trinity Center for Music's productions, both on vocals and on the violin and was a member of the group that won the Best School Award in Cleveland. Nyantara has also won several first prizes in both vocal and violin categories at Cleveland and in other competitions. Nyantara has given solo vocal recitals in many organizations in the Bay Area like Lotus, Nandalala, and SR Fine Arts and in the Chennai music festival in 2013. Nyantara has been lending violin support as an accompanying artist for many junior concerts in the Bay Area and in the Chennai music festival. As part of Trinity Center she has participated in The San Francisco World Music Festival for many years now, which has given Nyantara an exposure to other world music and an opportunity to work with master musicians from several countries around the world. Nyantara is currently a Sophomore at San Jose State University, in California.
Pooja Panduranga Pooja Panduranga is from Charlotte, NC and a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill. She has been trained under Smt. Mallika Vadlamani since 2008 and is currently learning from Sri B.U. Ganesh Prasad. She was a part of the Sustaining Sampradaya group at the Cleveland Aradhana in the year 2011, and participates regularly in local music events.
Saketha Pantula Started learning Carnatic Vocal and Violin formally at around the age of 4 from his aunt Dr. Pantula Rama who is a eminent musician, musicologist, author, composer, researcher, teacher and philanthropist. He briefly learned from his grandfather and his guru's guru, Shri Gopalarao Pantula a broadcast engineer by profession during summer and fall of 2006. He learnt violin in the Indian style early on from his father Raghu Pantula and currently is under the tutelage of the eminent Violinist Shri. MSN Murthy.
Samyuktha Sreeram Samyuktha Sreeram is a rising seventh-grader at Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn, VA. She started learning Carnatic Vocal music under Smt. Varuni Ravinder from the age of 6 and is currently a student of Guru Smt. Akila Siva, Chennai. Samyu has performed in Swaralaya and NCYCAC programs in NC. Apart from Carnatic vocal, she also learns Ghatam percussion from Guru Sri T.H. Subhash Chandran and has recently won the junior ghatam competition at Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhanai in 2014.
Shanmugapriya Vasan Shanmugapriya Vasan is a rising junior 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 is also taking advanced training from Smt. Leelavathy Gopalalakrishnan in Chennai. She has participated in several local and regional musical events including NCYCAC, Swaralaya and the Sustaining Sampradaya program of Cleveland.
Shreyas Ashok Shreyas has been learning Carnatic music for almost 10 years. He is currently learning from Smt. Mathangi Shankar. Shreyas has performed at both Swaralaya and NCYCAC as well as various other local events. He attends Cary Academy and is in 11th grade.
Siddharth Ashokkumar Siddharth Ashokkumar started learning violin at the age of 10 from Smt. Ranjani Swamy, Princeton and Sri Arun Ramamurthy.He is currently undergoing advanced training from Sri Vittal Ramamurthy and Sri Srinavasamurthy in Chennai. In addition to his Yuva Sangeetha Lahari teachers, he also seeks guidance from Smt. Kalyani Ramani of New Jersey. With the support from his Gurus and peers he developed a strong passion in Carnatic music. Siddharth likes listening to both Carnatic and Western classical music and heads a non-profit organization.
Siddharth Gadepalli Siddharth Gadepalli is a ninth grader Enloe HIgh School. He has been learning to play the Mridangam from Sri Sudhindra Rao in Apex, NC. Siddharth has been accompanying at the NCYCAC festival, the ICMDS talent show and other local cultural events for the last couple of years. He is also taking vocal lessons under the tutelage of Smt. Smitha Prasad and Sri Siri Varadan in Cary, NC.
Sudarshan Mohan Sudarshan Mohan learns vocal music from 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. He is a fourth 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.
Vignesh Venkataraman Vignesh Venkataraman studies at Stanford University. He is an mridangam artist hailing from Umayalpuram Sri. K. Sivaraman’s school of music. Vignesh was initiated into playing mridangam by Sri. Anand Iyer, also from the same school. Vignesh has been traveling to India every summer undergoing advanced training under the tutelage of Umayalpuram Sri. K. Sivaraman. Vignesh has accompanied various artists in concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has participated in competitions at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana and has won several prizes there. Vignesh is also learning vocal carnatic music from Smt. Meena Kothandaraman, a disciple of Sri. M.S. Anantharaman, and more recently from violinist Sri. R.K. Shriramkumar.
Vijay Rachakonda Vijay is a 15 year old, rising junior, at Cuthbertson High School, Waxhaw, NC. He has been learning for many years under the tutelage of Smt. Mallika Akella, and has been under the tutelage of Smt. Charumathi Ramachandran for the last 4 years. Vijay has participated in many state-wide and national events, such as Swaralaya, NCYCAC, and Sustaining Sampradhya in Cleveland, Ohio.
Vishwas Rao Vishwas Rao is a sophmore at N.C. State University. He has been learning Carnatic vocal and mridangam for the past 10 years. He currently receives his vocal training from Smt.Varuni Ravinder, disciple of Sri R.K Padmanabhan. He also learned 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 senior from Cary, North Carolina. After beginning his musical journey,Visrut has subsequently come under the tutelage of Laya Rathanakara Sri. Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan. Over the past several years, Visrut has performed in prestigious venues such as the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival in the Sustaining Sampradaya program, and has received awards in senior level konnokol and mridangam competitions. Additionally, he has accompanied numerous vocal, instrumental, and dance concerts by leading youth artists throughout the United States. Visrut also regularly plays in the carnatic based fusion group BMelody, and is a member of the North Carolina Youth Classical Arts for Charity board.