A traditionalist from the legendary Lalgudi family!

(Carnatic Veena) with

Arjun Kumar (Mridangam) and
Pramath Kiran (Morsing)

Arjun KumarVeenai JayanthiPramath Kiran

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About the Artists:

Jayanthi Kumaresh, the most sought after Veena artiste of today, was born into the legendary Lalgudi family, a family replete with renowned musicians. Jayanthi began learning the Veena when she was barely four years old. Her virtuosity on the instrument, rare musical insight, rich tonal quality and strict adherence to tradition has won her the appreciation of layman and connoisseur alike. Her main inspiration was her aunt and guru Smt. Padmavathy Ananthagopalan, herself a renowned and accomplished artiste. Later Jayanthi took advanced lessons from Veena virtuoso Padmabhushan Dr. S. Balachander. Her uncle, a giant among musicians, Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman, has also been her guide. Veenai Jayanthi, as she is affectionately called, has performed all over India and abroad, and participated in many prestigious international music festivals, including the annual Sangeeth Sammelan concerts conducted by Akashvani.  She is the youngest artiste in Veena to receive ‘A Top’ grading from the All India Radio (AIR), the highest grade offered by the only grading institution of the country. Jayanthi has been recognized as ‘Best Veena artiste’ no less than four times by the Music Academy, Chennai. She was recently conferred the title of Kalaimamani by the Govt. of Tamilnadu. A frequent performer in the US, her coast-to-coast jaunts include regular concerts as well as lecture demonstrations and music appreciation courses at various universities. In addition to her accomplishments as a Veena performer, Veenai Jayanthi has authored a few musical productions such as ‘Thyagaraja Vaibhavam’, ‘Ruthu Soundaryam’, ‘Om Saravanabhava’, and ‘Bheema Anjaneya Samvaadam’.  Jayanthi, a brilliant singer herself, has been teaching both vocal music and Veena to students around the world for the past 12 years. Jayanthi recently submitted her thesis for a doctorate in the “Analytical study of different Banis of playing the Saraswathi Veena" at Mysore University. Jayanthi’s vision is to create a world-class institution that would propagate, preserve and promote Carnatic music and its rich legacy internationally.

"The best and most versatile Veena artiste we have today." – The Statesman.

"...Jayanthi's fertile imagination and raga elaboration stands out for clarity..." - The Hindu.

".... For Jayanthi, it seems like everything musical fuses into a mesh of polished veena art..."- Indian Express.

Arjun Kumar. Hailing from a family of Mridangam artistes, Arjun Kumar was initiated into the art  of  Mridangam playing at the young age of five by his father Sri Arjunan, a very senior artiste  in the field of  percussion. He was later mentored by Sri T. A. S. Mani.  Arjun Kumar began performing and accompanying world-renowned artistes at an early age. He was also awarded a Govt. of India scholarship.  He then came under the tutelage of the mridangam legend, Padmabhushan Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman. Kumar soon became one of the youngest ‘A’ Grade artistes of the All India Radio and Television networks. He has played in a number of prestigious events, including the South Zone Hook Up and the All India Sangeetha Sammelan.  He has accompanied leading contemporary musicians like Sri K.V.Narayanaswamy, Dr. N.Ramani, Sri T.N.Seshagopalan, Sri T.V.Gopalakrishnan, Sri Doraiswamy Iyengar and Bombay Sisters, to name a few.  Arjun Kumar has performed extensively in the USA, France, Eastern Europe, the Gulf, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and Switzerland.  Arjun Kumar has both natural talent and acquired skill to blend and enhance the beauty of a concert through sensitive and sensible accompaniment. He is also an experienced tutor and has many disciples to his credit, both in India and in the USA.

Pramath Kiran
hails from a family of musicians. His contribution to the field of percussion is rather unique - he can play Carnatic, Hindustani and contemporary instruments.
Pramath developed into a creative Morsing (jaws harp) artiste with the guidance of his guru Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma. His exposure to various percussion ensembles enabled him to widen his horizons in the art of solo playing and accompaniment.  Pramath has his own group called ‘Laya Taranga’ that showcases diverse percussion instruments of the world.  Pramath has recorded several CDs along with this group. He is much sought after by many leading artistes and has won rave reviews.  Pramath was initiated into Hindustani Tabla playing from Tabla exponent Shri.Uday Raj Karpur at a very young age. In addition to light music performances on the tabla, Pramath has also accompanied artistes such as Shri.Praveen Godkindi, Shri.Fayaz Khan and Ravi Chari and been featured with stalwarts like Shri.S.P.Balasubramaniam and Shri.Hariharan. Having a strong Carnatic base and an aesthetic ear for the Tabla beat Pramath’s Tabla playing has a unique style that he is developing further.  Pramath has widened his scope for expression in the sphere of percussion playing in contemporary music. He has matered a diverse set of rhythm instruments including the Dholak, Drums, Djembe, Congos, Ocean Drums and Rhythm pads, among others. Pramath has collaborated with the renowned danseuse Chitra Bolar of Chitralekha Dance Company in several of her productions in the UK. He is featured regularly with renowned artistes like Ganesh Kumaresh, Amit Heri, Keith Peters, Rab Asaf and Jessi. Pramath is also much sought after as a rhythm programmer by several Music Directors.

About the venue:

The Cowles Auditorium is located across the street from the 19th Ave Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey Center, University of MN, West Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st Ave Ramp is also convenient.

Map of Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, West Bank, Minneapolis
Closeup map of Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, West Bank, Minneapolis

To get to the 19th Ave Parking Ramp:

  • 35W to U of MN exit (Washington Ave S). East on Washington to Cedar Ave S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
  • I94 to Cedar Ave S. North on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
  • Washington Ave SE from U of MN east bank. Exit on Cedar Ave. S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.


This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, the Consortium for the Study of the Asias, and the College of Liberal Arts ’ Scholarly Events Fund at the University of Minnesota , the Honeywell Foundation's "Dollars for Doers" Grant, and IMSOM Members. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Minneapolis / 106.7FM in St. Paul ).

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  Ameeta Kelekar (651) 787-0497



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