Ananda Balasubramaniam, Balu Balachandran & K.S. Mani
Ananda Balasubramaniam (Carnatic Vocal)
Balu Balachandran (Mridangam)
K.S. Mani (Violin)

Saturday, August 21, 1999, 7:30 pm


The Recital Hall
College of Saint Catherine, Saint Paul

About the artists:

Ananda Balasubramaniam was introduced to music at a very early age, by her illustrious father, eminent vocalist and veena player, Sri. M.A. Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar. She has a B.A in music with distinction from the University of Madras. Among the awards she has received include: the President of India award for best vocalist in 1962, a Gold Medal from Sangeet Natak Academy, Kerala, in 1974, the Best Concert award from the prestigious Music Academy in Madras and the Kalki Tambura from the Music Academy in 1970. She has appeared in numerous concerts in India and abroad and presently resides in Manitoba, Canada, teaching, performing and conducting workshops on Carnatic music. She has also composed for dance performances, has published a CD and a book on Carnatic music. She also incorporates western instruments with Carnatic music.

Balu Balachandran has been playing the Mridangam (South Indian drum) since the age of six. He was taught by Kumbakonam Sri. Chellappa Pillai of the Azhaganambi school. He has accompanied such leading artists as Madurai Mani Iyer, K.V. Narayanaswamy, Flute Mali, Ravikiran and Lalgudi Jayaraman. He has also performed in the UK, New Zealand and Canada. For the past twelve years he has been living in Flushing NY where he teaches Mridangam.

K.S. Mani is a well known violinist and presently resides in New Jersey. He was trained in violin by Smt. Komalavalli, Sri. M.S. Anantharaman and Tanjore Kalyanaraman. He regularly performs in India during the Music Festival in Madras - both as a soloist and as accompanist to leading musicians of Carnatic music.


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