| IMSOM and Cedar
jointly present an evening of
Carnatic Percussion and Instrumental Music
"A Musical Odyssey in Rhythm Fantasies"
Maestro Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman (Mridangam)
Nemani Somayajulu (Jalatharangam)
Nagai Sriram (Violin)
E. M. Subramaniam (Ghatam)
Mattanur Sankaran Kutty Nair (Chenda)
Unnikrishnan (Thimila & Edakka)
Saturday, October 2, 2004, 7:30 pm
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About the Artists and the Instruments:
Sivaraman pursued his musical studies through the gurukula discipline under four great and illustrious masters: Sri Arupathi Natesa Iyer, Sri Tanjavoor Vaidyanatha Iyer, Sri Palghat Mani Iyer, Sri Kumbakonam Rangu Iyengar. Having made his debut at the tender age of ten in 1945, Sivaraman has performed for more than half a century, accompanying a prestigious array of vocal and instrumental maestros. In addition to playing traditional South Indian Carnatic concerts and Jugalbandhi's (duets) with North Indian counterparts, Sivaraman has traveled all over the world and performed with non-Indian percussionists and musicians, and has also composed original musical scores. He has shared the stage with great musicians like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Alla Rakha, Pandit Kishen Maharaj, and Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Sivaraman has also undertaken the laudable task of conducting original research on the art of Mridangam. He has introduced the fiber glass Mridangam to Carnatic music, improvised a mechanical jig to eliminate human error in the molding of skins for both sides of the instrument, and has done research work on tanned and untanned skins for the Mridangam. His analysis of the ingredients of the black patch has given much insight on the overtones produced by different strokes on the Mridangam. He has also toured India, Australia, and the USA promoting the Mridangam and South Indian music by conducting workshops and performing at various universities and prestigious venues like Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Lotus World Music Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Drummers Collective, NY, KOSA International Percussion Workshop, and Chicago World Music Festival.
Sivaraman was awarded the prestigious "Sangeetha Kalanidhi" title in Chennai, India in January 2002 and the "Padma Bhushan" award (the third highest civilian award in India) in January 2003.
Nemani Somayajulu (Jalatharangam) hails from a musical family and
learned this unique art from Jalatharangam Maestro Anayampatti Dhandapani. Jalatharangam consists
of several porcelain cups of distinct sonorousness, arranged in a semicircle before the
performer. They are filled with different
amounts of water which gives sustained notes in various pitches, stability to the cups and
to enable grace notes to be played. The cups are
struck with two wooden sticks.
Directions and parking: Please visit the Cedar Cultural Center website for all information.
Shivanthi Sathanandan (651) 698-0774
Ameeta Kelekar (651) 787-0497
This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) "Arts Activities Grant" through an appropriation by the Minnesota state legislature, the General Mills Foundation "Celebrating Communities of Color" Grant, and IMSOM members. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM Minneapolis / 106.7FM St. Paul).
The National tour of this ensemble is sponsored by Rhythm Fantasies, Inc.,
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