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the unique guidance of his legendary grandfather, Shri Palghat Raghu,
and as a disciple of Sangeetha Kala Acharya Shri P.S. Narayanaswamy,
Abhishek Raghuram is emerging to be a defining contemporary vocalist.
The best senior vocalist awarded Abhishek by Music Academy for the 2010
music season is a fitting tribute to a musician some critics have
called “food for intellect, mind, heart and soul”.
hails from a family of legendary musicians and was declared a child
prodigy when he gave his first concert at 9 years of age. He has
accumulated many awards, recognitions and accolades.
internationally acclaimed violinist, Vittal
Ramamurthy is the torchbearer and leading disciple of the
bani. He is one of the most sought after violinists,
exceptional soloist and renowned violin guru. He has accompanied some
of the legendary Carnatic musicians including his guru Shri Lalgudi
Jayaraman, Shri M. Balamurali Krishna, Shri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy,
Shri T.N. Seshagopalan to name a few. He has many students around the
world, many of whom are leading performers. www.violinvittal.com
Trivandrum V Balaji
Born in the year 1974, to Mr. R. Veeraraghavan
and Mrs. Janaki, Trivandrum.V.Balaji hails from a musical family.
His great grand fathers being Kodivayal Venkatrama Iyer known for his
Harikatha and Konnakoll. S.V.Iyer. Trivandrm.V.Balaji has
established himself as one
of the most sought-after Mridangists of our times with a high
reputation. Balaji, had his initial training under late Sri B.
Doraiswamy of Trivandrum, Sri K.Krishna Iyengar of Trivandrum,
Trivandrum Sri R. Vaidyanathan and later had his tutelage under the
legendary Vidwan Padmasri Sangeetha Kalanidhi
Palghat.R.Raghu. He has the privilege of accompanying various leading
the Carnatic Music like, Sangeetha Kalanidhi
Dr.N.Ramani, Sri T.V.Sakaranarayanan, Sri.O.S.Thyagarajan and others.
He is presently an ‘A’ Grade artist in The All India Radio,
Chennai. Apart from accompanying Carnatic artists, he is also a
much sought-after Mridangist in the Cinema Industry and has worked with
famous music directors like Mr. Vidyasagar, Mr. Deva, Mr. Haris
Jayaraj and others. Best Mridangist award is something fond of
Balaji. He has received awards from various prestigious Organizations
including, The Sangeet Natak Academy Yuva Puuraskar(BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA
PURASKAR)for the year 2009
http://sangeetnatak.org/sna/yuva2009.htm This year The Kanchi
Kamakoti matam has conferred THE ASTHANA VIDWAN TITLE on Balaji. The
All India Radio (1995),The Madras Music Academy best
mridngist(2004,2009,2010) The Chembai Young Musician award (2004),
Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer trust award (2007), to name a few. He won
the NTSC scholarship organized by The Government of India in the year
1995. Trivandrum.V.Balaji commands high respect for his dexterity
in technique and his uncanny command over the instrument and the
underlying intricacies of Rhythm (Laya), which have won him high praise
and laurels. His Mridangam artistry is embellished by the virtues that
stem from temperament, poise and fine musical awareness. He has a
distinct style of his own. Balaji’s solo renderings and
accompaniment bear the stamp of his master’s dignified technique,
very keenly appreciated by enlightened audience, both home and abroad.
During Fall 2003, Fall 2005 and Spring 2008 Spring 2009, on his concert
tour to the US, UK and Australia, his fluent expressions coupled with
the mastery over the Mridangam enabled him to project to the Western
world the perfect magical, divine value addition the instrument does to
Music and hence the richness it creates. Had a unique opportunity to
visit Jordan festival on 2009 as part of ICCR ,GOVT OF INDIA. He
strongly believes that ‘Learning never stops’ nor is it
bound by barriers such as age, geographies or cultures. It is this
belief and true dedication that he has towards Music that keeps him
self-motivated to explore and master areas of Carnatic Music through
its depth and vastness mainly in the Laya (Rhythm) section through
dedicated research and sheer hard-work. He has gained immense
experience imparting training to interested young learners. At present,
Balaji is training lot of keen students in India, as well as in USA and
|About the Venue:
is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
University (2004 Randolph Ave, Saint
Paul, MN 55105). The Recital Hall
is Building 24 in the campus map (see
I-94 going E: Take
Cretin Avenue exit. South (right) on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East
(left) on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph.
Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
I-94 going W: Take Snelling Avenue (US
(left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to
Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on
I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed
West to Fairview/Randolph
Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound to Cretin
South on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East on Randolph to Cleveland
Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
3 is located between
Cleveland and Fairview and is nearest to the intersection of Randolph
and Prior Avenues. The Recital Hall is located right behind the better
known O'Shaughnessy auditorium. Parking is free after hours and on
of St. Catherine
St. Catherine University.
Fall 2011 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by funds
provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s (MRAC) Arts
Activities Support (AAS) Grant, through an appropriation by the
Minnesota State Legislature, the Honeywell “Dollars for
the Xcel Energy “Dollars for Doing” Grant, and IMSOM
donors. These concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in
Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).
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