Ganga - Kaveri Swara Laya Sammelana
Hindustani-Carnatic flute and percussion ensemble

Ganga-Kaveri Ensemble

Vidwan Anoor Ananth Krishna Sharma – Mridangam  
Vidwan V Umesh – Keyboards
Vidwan M K Pranesh – Carnatic Flute Suramani Pravin Godkhindi – Hindustani Bansuri        
Vidwan Arun Kumar – Rhythm Pads and Drums 
Vidwan S Madhusudana – Tabla

Sunday, April 29, 4:00 PM


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About the Group and Artists:

This group, led by reputed mridangam maestro Vidwan Anoor Ananth Krishna Sharma, is a unique musical ensemble. Unique in both its content and its presentation, Ganga-Kaveri is already one of the most-sought-after bands in the concert circuit in India. This Fusion group boasts of having two of the most talented flautists of India, Vidwan M K PRANESH on the Carnatic flute and Suramani PRAVIN GODKHINDI on the Hindustani Bansuri. Both have enthralled audiences the world over with their captivating solos in their respective genres as well as with jugalbandi concerts. The western and contemporary music dimension, which makes it all the more unique, is introduced by the keyboards and drums. The subtlety of the keyboard chords on the Indian ragas make the ‘alaaps’ more divine and the rhythmic stroking of chords make the ‘taanam’ and the ‘bandishes’ more energetic.

The music that emerges from this wonderful team of musicians embodies the rich cultural heritage of India, conjuring images of sacred rivers, temples and forest. The repertoire includes Khayal, Raaga, Taana, Pallavi, Thumri, Folk, Devotional and Jazz.  As the name suggests this group is a culmination of melody (swara) and rhythm (laya). With Rhythm pads & drums (western) being featured on stage with traditional Indian percussion instruments, mridangam (Carnatic) and tabla (Hindustani), the audience can expect the thani avartanam or finale of percussion solos, to be the highlight of the concert and an unforgettable experience for connoisseurs.

Performers :

1) Vidwan Anoor Ananth Krishna Sharma – Mridangam
2) Vidwan M K Pranesh – Carnatic Flute
3) Suramani Pravin Godkhindi – Hindustani Bansuri

4) Vidwan V Umesh – Keyboards
5) Vidwan Arun Kumar – Rhythm Pads and Drums

6) Vidwan S Madhusudana – Tabla

Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma (Shivu) hails from a family of musicians. His father is the late Anoor S. Ramakrishna, a noted violinist. He was initiated into music by his father, and later in mridangam by the late R. A. Rajagopal.  Today Shivu is a multi-faceted artist who sings, composes and can play several rhythmic instruments like mridangam, tabla, ghatam, thavil, kanjira and drums with the same felicity and ease. He has composed music for ballets and films. He has traveled extensively to European countries, and toured all over USA several times. He also toured the UK and Belgium for the East-West fusion with Strings of Gufia (London) and led a percussion group to Hanover for a performance. He has several awards to his credit.

Surmani Pravin Godkhindi was born in a family of musicians, and is fortunate to have his father Pandit.Venkatesh Godkhindi, an eminent vocalist and Bansuri artist, as his guru. Pravin held the audience spellbound when he gave his first public concert at the age of six. His quest for deeper knowledge about layakaari brought him to his guru, Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma a reputed Mridangam artist. He is an “A” Grade artiste of All India Radio. In 2003, he was awarded the title of Naad-nidhi by Kalachethana, Gadag. In 2005, he was awarded the Aryabhatta for his composition of the title song for the TV serial, Malebillu. Pravin who has an Engineering degree has pursued music as his profession full time. He conducts a popular show based on ragas every week on ETV.

About the venue:

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The St. Paul Student Center is located in the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota at the intersection of Cleveland and Buford Avenues. The nearest parking spaces are:

  • Buford Avenue Meters
  • Buford Circle Meters
  • Gortner Avenue Ramp

On weekends the parking meters are FREE. You can also try on-street parking in the streets closeby (Cleveland Ave and its intersecting streets).

Please visit the web site of the St. Paul Student Center for all other details

This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by 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 ).

For further information contact:
  Shivanthi Sathanandan (651) 698-0774
  Ameeta Kelekar (651) 787-0497



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