Sri V.K. Raman (Flute) and
Sri Nandkishor Muley (Santoor)
Sri Ravi Shankar (Mridangam) and
Sri Aditya Kalyanpur (Tabla)
September 18, 2005, 4:00 p.m.
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About the artists:
V.K. Raman, one of the leading flutists in Carnatic music, began learning the flute at the age of nine and started giving full-fledged concerts at the age of fifteen. In addition to giving solo performances in many prestigious organizations in India and abroad, Raman has had the privilege of performing flute duets along with his guru, the great flute maestro, Dr. N. Ramani, on several occasions. Raman has also been quite successful as a composer. He has scored music for many audio and video albums and has released 35 CDs through various labels worldwide. He has captivated audiences in a number of India's major music festivals and toured widely in USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, and Japan.
Nandkishor Muley was born in the Western Indian town of Baroda. He comes from a long lineage of musicians. He studied for years under Pundit Shivkumar Sharma, who innovated the Santoor by altering the number of strings one plays; Pandit Muley has also modified his instrument. His handmade Santoor has a tonal range extending over three octaves; the 100 strings play 34 notes. Today, Nandkishor continues to be one of the top ambassadors of the santoor.
Ravi Shankar started his concert career at the age of ten. He is a disciple of mridangam maestro Karaikudi R Mani. An 'A' grade artist of the All India Radio, Ravi Shankar has had several concert tours and has accompanied great musicians like M.S. Goplalakrishnan, T.N. Krishnan, Dr. N. Ramani, and others. Ravi Shankar has released several CDs and also runs a percussion ensemble "Nada Laya Lahari." He has received many awards and scholarships from the Government of India and topped the Vidwath examination conducted by the Karnataka Government.
Aditya Kalyanpur is noted for his bold and clear execution of syllables, pinpoint precision in rhythm and cross rhythm and, finally, a colossal repertoire of compositions and improvisational techniques. These qualities make Aditya Kalyanpur's concerts a joy for both the layman and the connoisseur. Under the keen tutelage of late Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Aditya has developed a style that is distinguished for fine sense of rhythm, versatility, and eloquence.
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The Cowles Auditorium is in the Hubert
H. Humphrey Center in the West-Bank Minneapolis campus of the
University of Minnesota. The parking ramp closest to the venue is the 19th
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