(Carnatic Vocal Baithak)
Rohan Krishnamurthy (Mridangam)
Srikanth Mallajosyula (Violin)
Sunday, June 27, 2004, 4:00 pm
Pangea World Theater Studio
Calhoun Arts Building
711 W Lake St Suite 101, Minneapolis, 55408
For a map and parking information please see below.
About the artists:
Dubbed by senior musicians and music critics as a percussion prodigy, teenager Rohan Krishnamurthy from Michigan began learning the Mridangam at a very young age under Damodharan Srinivasan. After three months of one-on-one training, further classes had to be held over the telephone since Srinivasan moved to Massachusetts. This arrangement worked out well and was one of the two turning points in Rohans Mridangam activities. The other turning point was when Rohan met the renowned Mridangist Guruvayur Dorai and the latter agreed to be his Guru. Rohan has been performing on stage in India, the US and Canada since the age of nine. He has performed with eminent artists like Sangeetha Kalanidhi Flute N. Ramani, Sangeetha Kalanidhi R.K. Srikantan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi R. Vedavalli, Chitraveena N. Ravikiran, T.M. Krishna, S. Sowmya, etc. He has performed, for six consecutive years, during the celebrated December Music Season in Chennai in such prestigious organizations as The Music Academy, Mylapore Fine Arts, Hamsadhwani, Bharat Kalachar, etc. In 2003, Rohan performed with Chitraveena N. Ravikiran at the oldest Indian classical music festival in the world, the Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, in Jallandhar, Punjab, clocking in as the second Carnatic concert organized by the national festival in its 128 year history. Rohan is the recipient of numerous awards, notable among them being the prestigious "Yuva Kala Bharathi" award presented by Bharat Kalachar in Chennai, India, "Kaashyap Award" presented by the Valayapatti Nadalaya Academy in Chennai, "The Prodigy in Performing Arts" by the Indo-American Center in New York, the Junior and Senior competition awards at the Cleveland Aradhana, and the "Asthana Vidwan" (Artist in Residence) title conferred by the Chicago Thyagaraja Utsavam. Rohans style has been alluded by musicians and critics to be reminiscent of some of the greatest stalwarts of prior generations, especially the Mridangam legend C.S. Murugaboopathy.
Srikanth Mallajosyula started his music lessons early
in violin and was a recipient of the National Talent Search Scholarship from the Govt. of
India, in the field of violin. He has learnt under the front ranking violinist A.
Kanyakumari, who is also his maternal aunt. Srikanth is the recipient of many awards and
prizes - among them the "Best Violinist" award (sub seniors) in 1997 from the
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai. He has provided violin accompaniment to many senior
artists such as Nedunuri Krishna Murthy, R.K. Srikantan, Chitraveena Ravikiran, Trichur
Ramachandran and others and has provided violin support to his aunt and Guru, Vidushi A.
Kanyakumari, on many occasions. Srikanth has also given quite a few full length vocal
concerts in different music sabhas of Hyderabad and Madras. He learnt vocal music under D.
Raghavachary (one of the two Hyderabad Brothers) before learning from P.S. Narayana Swamy
of Chennai. He is presently harnessing his vocal skills under Sangeetha Kalanidhi Nedunuri
Krishna Murthy. Pavani (Srikanth's wife) and Srikanth have been regularly performing in
Michigan and other states in U.S. Together they have also given many violin duet concerts
711 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Pangea World Theater Studio is in Suite 101.
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