Sandeep Narayan (Carnatic Vocal)
Rajeev Mukundan (Violin)
Sai Giridhar (Mridangam)

Sunday October 13 2019, 5:00 PM

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


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About the Artists

Sandeep Narayan
(Carnatic Vocal)

Sandeep Narayan is one of the most sought after vocalists of Carnatic music today. He started his initial training from his mother, Smt. Shubha Narayan, at the age of 4. At the age of 11, he took a break from school to undergo advanced training from one of the most revered musicologists, Calcutta Shri K.S. Krishnamurthy in Chennai. After K.S. Krishnamurthy passed away in 1999, Sandeep began learning from Shri Sanjay Subrahmanyan.

In 2006, Sandeep broke boundaries by being the first US born and raised musician to move to India to take up music as a full-time career, a trend that is now followed by many other young aspiring musicians.
Sandeep is proud to be this year’s recipient of the prestigious Sangeeth Natak Akademi Yuva Puraskar Award. He also received the Yuva Purandara Award from Indranagar Sangeeth Sabha, Bangalore in January 2019, the Best Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi  Award from The Music Academy Madras 2017, “Isai Arasar” title from Trinity Fine Arts 2017, “Shanmukha Sangeetha Shiromani” from Sri Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai in 2016, and the Best Concert & Vocalist Awards from The Music Academy Madras every year consecutively from December 2010 to December 2014. Sandeep holds an ‘A’ Grade with All India Radio, Chennai since 2010.

Having performed extensively all over the world including concert tours of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America, Sandeep hopes to continue serving as a cultural link between Carnatic music and audiences worldwide.

Rajeev Mukundan (Violin)

Rajeev was initiated into this art form at the tender age of four. He’s currently under the tutelage of the legendary Kalaimamani A.Kanyakumari  for almost a decade. He was awarded scholarship from the Government of India from 2001 to 2009. One of the youngest ‘A’ graded artiste of All India Radio (AIR). He is a receipient of several prestigious awards like  ‘Spirit of Youth Award’ given by ‘The Music Academy, Madras’ in the year 2008, “The Best Violinist Award” from ‘The Music Academy, Madras,’ in December 2011, etc.

Rajeev has given many violin duet concerts with his Guru A.Kanyakumari, and also has toured and accompanied leading artistes like Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.V.Sankaranarayanan , Dr. N.Ramani, Malladi Brothers, Vijay Siva, T.M.Krishna, Oscar nominee Bombay Jayasri, Dr Nithyashri Mahadevan & Ranjani Gayathri.

Sai Giridhar (Mridangam)

Sri K.Sai Giridhar, born in the year 1984, (Vijayawada , Andhra Pradesh) hails from a family deeply interested in classical music. He was initiated into the art of mrudangam at the age of 10 and began his training under renowned artiste Parupalli S Phalgun and guru Sri. M.L.N. Raju.

Sai Giridhar has been performing on stage since the tender age of 15 and is now one among the most sought after percussionist in the carnatic music scenario. An 'A'grade artist of All India Radio
He has travelled extensively within India and also around the world performing at famed theatres and prestigious festivals in USA , UK, Europe alongside legendary artists.He has had the rare privilege and honour of accompanying stalwarts like Shri. Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Shri. Nedunuri Krishna murthy and the likes of them.He has also had the honor of sharing the dias with reputed top ranking artists like Shri O.S. Thyagarajan, Sri.T.V.Shankaranarayanan Shri Shashank (flute), Smt. Bombay jayashri, Smt. Aruna Sairam, Smt. Nithyashri Mahadevan, Smt. Ranjani and Smt. Gayathri, Priya sisters, Malladi Brothers and so on. He is also a regular with the present upcoming stars of the field.

He is also a recipient of Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar award from the Government of India for the year 2017.

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

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IMSOM's Fall 2019 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by voters of Minnesota through grants from The Minnesota State Arts Board and The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Support also comes from UHG "Dollars for Doers" Grant, matching grants from Honeywell and US Bank, generous donations from Dr Dash Foundation, late Dr V Premanand & Family, generosity of IMSOM's members and donors.  All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM/106.7 FM).

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