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|About the Artists
Shanmukha Priya and Hari Priya, are the renowned
musical duo popularly known as the 'Priya Sisters', in the sphere of
carnatic music. Born to Smt.V.Lalitha and Sri.V.V.Subba Ram, Priya
Sisters started learning Carnatic Vocal Music since the age of five
under the tutelage of their father. Later they had advanced training
under the renowned duo Kalaimamanis Radha and Jayalakshmi. Presently
they are under the scholarly guidance of Prof.T.R.Subramaniam.
Priya Sisters started performing since 1989
and have given more than 2000 concerts all over India and overseas,
U.S.A., Canada, U.K., and Mauritius. They have
performed in a number of prestigious festivals such as the spirit of
unity concerts, Duo festival, Festival of Hyderabad, World Tamil
conference etc. They were one of the chosen few to have been invited to
perform in the 69th and 70th Birthday celebrations of Bhagawan Sri
Satya Sai Baba at Puttaparti. They also had the privilege of performing
at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi in the presence of the then
President of India, Sri. R. Venkataraman.
They have been the recipients of the 'Best Female Vocalists' awards
from Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and the Indian Fine Arts
Society, Chennai. They have also received the M.L.V. memorial award.
They have been conferred the titles 'Sangeeta Sarada' and 'Gayani
Sironmani'. Shanmukha Priya and Hari Priya have received
the prestigious 'Ugadi Purashkar 2000' from the Madras Telugu Academy
for their achievements in Carnatic Classical Music.
Many recording companies have released a number of albums of Priya
Sisters. Including the popular 'In Harmony', Bhadrachala Ramdas Kritis,
Gaanam, Serene Moments, Annamayya Lahari, Giridhara Gopala, Devi Kritis
to name a few. Their art form is characteristic of the G.N.B. Baani
(style), with their sruti-aligned, attractive, brigaa-oriented voices
lending them ready support to leave an enduring impression on the
B.V. Raghavendra Rao
hails from a distinguished family of musicians. He was initiated into
the niceties of music at an early age of five by his father B.Sudarsana
Rao. Attracted by the lure of classical music from his childhood, he
trained rigorously on the violin for several years under Guru Shri
Balan, Shri Sangeetham Meerasahib and became the disciple of the violin
maestro Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri T.N.Krishnan. Later he received
invaluable guidance and concert experience from Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna,
arguably one of the greatest musician India has produced in the 20th
century. As a young artiste he received the appreciation of the
Presidentof India for accompanying the celebrated musical genius.
The melodious and mellifluous music that he brings out through the
violin illustrates his strong creative imagination that scales great
heights. He has won several prizes and awards from various Sabhas in
Madras. He has participated in the prestigious Bharat Cultural
Integration Committee's (BCIC) music festivals organized all over
Rao has performed internationally and has participated in numerous
music festivals of I.C.C.R., and the prestigious "Festival of India"
programs. He has widely traveled all over the world, including the
U.S.A., Canada, France, Germany, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius and the
Middle Eastern countries. Raghavendra's devotion and his quest for
perfection find their expression in his violin-play.
is a disciple of Vidwan Tiruvarar Shri. R. Krishnamoorthy and Vidwan
'Kalaimamani' Tiruvarur Sri. Bhakthavatsalam. He has been giving
performances with most top-ranking artists at major Sabhas all over
India and abroad. He has traveled and performed widely around the world
and is the recipient of many awards. He is a prominent preferred
accompanist for many of the leading vocalists.
The Cowles Auditorium is
located across the street from the 19th
Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey Center, University of MN, West
Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st
Ramp is also convenient.
Center, University of Minnesota, West Bank,
To get to the 19th Ave
- 35W to U of MN exit (Washington Ave
S). East on Washington to Cedar Ave S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St
S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- I94 to Cedar Ave S. North on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S.
East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- Washington Ave SE from U of MN east bank. Exit on
Cedar Ave. S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2
IMSOM’s Spring 2011 Concert Series has
been supported in part by funds provided by the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, the
Xcel Energy “Dollars for Doing” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank,
and the generosity of its members and donors.
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