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Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (Carnatic Violin)

Trivandrum Balaji (Mridangam)
Ravi Balasubramanian (Ghatam)

Sunday, September 10 2017, 5:00 PM

Lorenz Auditorium, Fine Arts Building
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

Carnatic Violin Ensemble
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About the Artists

Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, daughter and disciple of the great maestro has been a worthy torch bearer of this great parampara. She has over the years contributed not only to the continuation of these unique bani, but has made it flourish further. The fifth generation musician in the family, Vijayalakshmi grew up in an atmosphere of reverberating, rich music. Early signs of her musical inclinations were apparent, when she was only two years old when even then, she could identify the solfa syllables in any musical phrase. These early trends were nurtured further when she commenced her lessons at the age of six under the watchful eyes of her perfectionist father. At the age of thirteen she went on stage for the first time with her father. Since then, she has been performing regularly in violin duets and trios with her father Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman and brother Krishnan. Over the years she has grown into a mature artiste and a violinist in her own right. She, along with her brother, Lalgudi Krishnan, is a leading exponent of the Lalgudi style, which is characterized by boundless innovation while strictly adhering to tradition and eloquently capturing the mood and essence of any composition.

Her musical excellence , melody ,rhythm style and technique and the diligence with which she has gone about maintaining and the stylistic grandeur is a corner stone of her success
She does have the unique distinction of also being a vocalist, again groomed under the Lalgudi tradition, and has made a mark for herself as one. In recent years, she also has provided superb violin accompaniment to several leading musicians. She has rendered several performances as a soloist on the violin, thereby making it possible for the today’s audience to get a glimpse into the great tradition and bani, established by Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Vijayalakshmi also has the credit of leading a music ensemble of the Violin, the Venu or flute and the Veena.

She has travelled widely on concert tours both in India and abroad, and has performed in countries all over the world, including the U.S.A, Canada, the U.K., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, Indonesia and Middle East.

The demands of her profession notwithstanding, Vijayalakshmi has acquitted herself creditably in academics as well. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and followed it up with a Diploma in Music. Vijayalakshmi has reached the top rungs in the ladder of recognition only because of the inborn talent, command over music, focus and dedication. 

(Artist's website: http://www.lalgudivijayalakshmi.com/)


Trivandrum 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 stars in 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 Australia.


Ravi Balasubramanian


Dr. Ravi Balasubramanian is the most sought-after Ghatam artiste in North America and is known for his energetic and sensitive accompaniment and solos. With over five hundred concerts, Ravi has extensive experience in Carnatic percussion, including performing on the Ghatam at top musical institutions such as the Chennai Music Academy and the Cleveland Aradhana for over sixteen years. He received the title Yuva Kala Bharathi in 2003 from Bharat Kalachar, a music organization in Chennai, for excellence and dedication in the art of Ghatam. Ravi has expanded the envelope of using the Ghatam in music, when he presented a “GhataTarang” concert with seven Ghatams as the lead melody and percussion instrument for the first time outside India. Ravi has had the rare honor and experience of performing with leading artistes including Sangitha Kalanidhi vocalists, violinists, flautists, and mridangists in India, USA, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia.

Ravi received his initial tutelage from Palghat Sri P. K. Sekar and Sangitha Kalanidhi Dr. T.K.Murthy and later pursued advanced training from Sri V.Suresh in Chennai, India. Ravi has given lecture-demonstrations on the Ghatam in the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham college in Pensylvania, and has been featured in several local and national media articles. He is also Guru to several students in USA, guiding them in the vast ocean of Indian percussion theory and performance. He recently published an article in Sruti magazine, India’s leading arts magazine, that was extremely well-received. Ravi received his doctorate in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, USA.



(Artist's website: https://sites.google.com/site/ghatamravi/)

About the Venue:
Normandale Community College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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Acknowledgments:

 IMSOM ’ s Fall 2017 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by the Honeywell and UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, a generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, and the generosity of its members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM Mpls/106.7 FM St Paul). IMSOM, established in 1980, is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving Minneapolis - St. Paul and the greater Twin Cities Metro Area.
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