About the artists:
Lakshmi Shankar is one of India's most renowned vocalists whose
unique background encompasses both Carnatic and Hindustani, classical
and light classical, music traditions. After performing as a Bharata
Natyam dance soloist under the tutelage of guru Kandappa, she received
vocal training from Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan of the Patiala Gharana.
She continued studies with musicologist and singer B.R. Deodhar and
Pandit Ravi Shankar, whom she assisted in most of his projects for
ballets, films, fusions and festivals. The magic of her rich,
melodious voice, her sense of proportion and the emotional content of
her singing are some of the qualities that have made her one of the
foremost and most popular vocalists in the last fifty years. She has
several CDs and albums to her credit. Her recordings of Khayals,
thumris, and bhajans have received acclaim in Europe, the
U.S., and India. Her voice can be heard on the Academy Award-winning
film Gandhi. Even today she is an active concert artist, performing in
major music festivals in North America, Europe and Asia.
Ramesh Misra is one of India's outstanding
instrumentalists and a master of one of the most difficult and
unique string instruments, the Sarangi. He started his initial
intensive training at a very tender age from his father Pt. Ramnath
Misra and acquired further knowledge and training from some of the
finest musicians of the Beneras Gharana such as Pt. Hanuman
Prasad Mishra and Pt. Gopal Mishra. Presently he is under the tutelage
of the legendary Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Sankar. Ramesh's high
aesthetic sense and artistic sensibilities have brought him wide
recognition both at home and abroad as an eminent soloist as
well as an adept accompanist. His music enthralls the global audience.
Ramesh has been honored with several awards including the
prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award. In 1959, Ramesh was
sent as a cultural delegate to Pakistan by the then Prime
Minister of India Jawharlal Nehru. Pandit Ramesh Misra has traveled
all over the world accompanying internationally reputed artists.
In addition to his appearance in most of the major music festivals of
the world he has featured in numerous recordings including his
own solos and earned a niche in the hearts of millions of music
lovers. Pandit Ramesh Misra is a very high-ranking and gifted
artist, whose music takes the audience to a divine world, a
world of pure music.
Bhattacharjee (Tabla), hailing from Silchar in Assam, is a young
rising star in the Hindustani music firmament. Having shown an
inclination towards music from childhood, Prithwiraj began his initial
training under Dhiranjan Chakraborthy at the age of seven. In 1990, he
started learning from Tabla maestro Ustad Allahrakha and Ustad Zakir
Hussain. Blessed with highly cultivated fingers, and absorbing all the
aspects of his Guru's style through vigorous riyaaz under the
ever-watchful eyes of his Guru has made him progress into a very
promising upcoming Tablist. Prithwiraj has performed in many solo
concerts and traveled extensively throughout India as well as abroad
with many eminent artists of Hindustani classical music. Currently
Prithwiraj is the Tabla faculty of Pandit Jasraj School of Music in
Samrat Chitravina N
Hailed by Radio National, Australia as 'perhaps the greatest
player today', Ravikiran made headlines as the world’s youngest
at the age of two (in 1969), identifying and demonstrating 325 ragas,
175 talas, and answering numerous other questions. He presented vocal
concerts between the age of five and nine. He switched over to
exquisite, 21-stringed chitravina when he was twelve and presented a
record non-stop recital for 24 hours when he was 18. Ravikiran
toured around the world several times and performed in major
international festivals and venues such as: Autumn Festival, France, Millennium Festival, UK, Brisbane International Festival, Australia, Cal Arts Festival, USA, Harborfront Festival, Toronto, Canada,
Sadler’s Wells, London, Radio France
Int’l festival, House of World Culture, Berlin,
Tate Modern, London and Theatre de la
He has been featured by major TV networks and record labels and
several national and international awards. Recognized in the
for his concept Melharmony, Ravikiran is one of the more prolific
composers today with over 500 original pieces including music-dance
productions such as Lakshmi Prabhavam, Savithri, Cosmos, and Vinayaka
Vaibhavam. He attributes all his successes to his gurus -
Narasimhan and T Brinda. For more info on him, please visit (www.ravikiranmusic.com)
is a multi-faceted personality. Widely considered one of the leading
young violinists in Carnatic music today, her effortless artistry, rich
tone, and true classicism have won her admirers all over the
disciple of her mother, Seetha Kishore, and later Sangeeta Choodamani T
Rukmini, she has learnt vocal from Padma Bhushan P S
Kalpana has also sought to innovate outside the realms of
music. Kalpana has accompanied several top ranking
including Smt. D. K. Pattammal, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Dr. N.
Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Chitravina Sri Ravikiran, Smt. Nithyasree
Sri Unnikrishnan, to name a few. An A grade artiste of All India
Radio, Kalpana has released cassettes and CDs of her solo and
jugalbandi performances, including “Kalpana’s Swaram,”
“Singing Strings,” and “Yakshas.” She has performed in USA, Canada,
India, Middle East, Singapore,
South Africa, France, Switzerland,
Raja Sekhar Athmakuri (Mridangam)
hails from a family of artistes and art lovers. He came under the
tutelage of Sri Pedagandham Sathyannarayana of Kakinada,
Andhra Pradesh at a very young age. He made his concert debut at the
age of eleven and has ever since accompanied many eminent musicians on
the mridangam both in India and abroad. Sekhar is
a computer professional with a masters degree in Computer
Science. He resides in Detroit
and enjoys teaching the art of Mridangam to young aspirants.
5:30 pm Coffman Memorial Union Great
COMPLIMENTARY wine and light
refreshments will be served.
Attendees will have the
opportunity to bid on and win a dazzling array of items from Twin
Cities arts groups, artists, businesses, and more!
note that you can pay either by check or cash. Unfortunately, we cannot
accept credit cards.
7:00 pm Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall
Authentic Indian cuisine,
three-course served dinner. Vegetarian options are available,
Includes an interactive session with the artists.
IMSOM's Silver Jubilee Commemorative CD Set (4 CDs)
A set of 4 CDs, 2 each of Hindustani and Carnatic music, containing vocal and instrumental excerpts of live recordings selected from past
concerts of IMSOM. The selected tracks feature a wide spectrum of compositions drawn from various genres, in a variety of Ragas and set
to different Talas. Among the artists featured are:
Shubha Mudgal, Ashwini Bhide, Rashid Khan, Padma Talwalkar, Uday Bhawalkar, Vinayk Torvi, Rajan and Sajan Mishra, and Ulhas Kashalkar.
Tejendra Majumdar (Sarod), Shubhendra Rao (Sitar), Shabbir Nisar (Tabla Solo), Purbayan Chatterjee (Sitar), Partho Sarothy (Sarod), Snehasish
Majumdar (Mandolin), Shishirkana Dhar Choudhary (Violin), Satish Vyas (Santoor), Ali Ahmed Hussain, and Ramesh Misra (Shehnai-Sarangi
Hyderabad Brothers (D. Sesha Chary and D. Raghava Chary), Sanjay Subrahmanyan, S. Sowmya, Vijay Siva, T.M. Krishna, Carnatica Brothers (N. Sashikiran and P. Ganesh)
Lalgudi G. Jayaraman (Violin), Dr. N. Ramani (Flute), Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan (Violin), Ganesh (Violin), Shashank (Flute), N. Ravikiran (Chitravina), Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (Violin)
Dinner, and CD Set (4 CDs)
|CD Set Purchased Separately
IMSOM regular member passes may not be used for this event.
Purchase advance tickets online
Directions and parking:
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
The venues are all in the Coffman
Memorial Union in the East Bank campus of
University of Minnesota.
Parking is available in the East
River Road Garage. Click here for directions
to the Coffman Memorial Union.
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