Carnatic Flute by
Shashank  with
B.U. Ganesh Prasad on the Violin and
Parupalli Phalgun on the Mridangam

Sunday, April 13, 2009, 4:00 PM


Minnesota History Center
3M Auditorium
345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul


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About the Artistes:

Shashank Subramanyam stormed into the music world at the age of 12 with a stunning flute performance at The Music Academy, Madras in 1990.  He happens to be the youngest musician in the history of South Indian Music to have performed the most prestigious “SADAS” concert at The Music Academy - Chennai, often performed by legends of Indian Music.  Since then he has performed and taught in most prestigious institutions across India and around the world.  Trained by father Subramanyam and vocal maestros R.K. Srikantan and Palghat K.V. Narayanaswami, he is presently considered one of the best Bamboo Flute artists and is hailed so by the Indian and international media alike. With scintillating, primal tones he truly sings through the most organic and ancient of all instruments. His logic-defying virtuosity is the result of a magical innate talent coupled with the best possible training. Shashank has propelled the Bamboo flute into an enviable position by his playing techniques of which “the multi flute transposed fingering technique” and the dual octave production”” have won him world acclaim.

Now abiding at the pinnacle of his genre, Shashank’s landmark concerts include Rashtrapathi Bhavan (The President's Palace at New Delhi), The Smithsonian, Kennedy Center and National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., J. Paul Getty Hall -Hollywood, Cerritos Performing arts center in Los Angeles, Eastman School of Music - Rochester, World Music Institute - New York,  Asian Art Museum - San Francisco, Xebec Hall and Across Fukuoka  in Kobe and Fukuoka, Japan, Hong Kong Museum of Art - Hong Kong,  World Flute Conference - Nashville, Sawai gandharva Festival - Pune, Saptak Festival - Ahmedabad, Dover Lane Music festival - Calcutta, India Music Group - Bombay, Theater De- La-Ville, UNESCO & Musee Guimet  in Paris -France, Tropical Institute - Amsterdam, The Lowry in Manchester-UK, The Sage in Gateshead - UK, Modigliani Hall -Padova-Italy, Museum Rietberg -Zurich, The Munchen Residency in Munich-Germany, The Adelaide Festival- Australia, Improvisation Festival in Lausanne- Switzerland, Seoul Plaza in Seoul-  Korea and a host of other prestigious institutions across the world. The BBC World TV recently telecast a documentary on Shashank titled “Destination Music”.

Shashank has collaborated with many legendary musicians from India and around the world including Guitarist John McLaughlin, Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborthy, to name a few.

Shashank was one of the youngest “A Top” ranking artistes on All India Radio and Doordarshan TV.  A recipient of the “Kalaimamani” from the Tamil Nadu Government, Shashank has 33 CDs and 2 DVDs to his credit. Shashank is currently taking Hindustani music lessons from the legendary vocalist Pt. Jasraj.

B.U.Ganesh Prasad, a talented disciple of the violin maestro V.V.Subramaniam caught the imagination of music lovers at a tender age with his flawless bowing and pure tonal quality of his violin. An accomplished vocalist himself, he is able to vocalize his violin style with fluency .He combines his intuitive grasp of ragas with strict adherence to the tenets of the classical tradition that brings an individual flair to his renditions.  Ganesh is among the most sought after violinists in India and his talent has taken him world over for performances both as an accompanying and solo artiste. Music critiques often marvel at his ability to produce deep sounds and aesthetic values he cherishes most.

Ganesh Prasad has won many awards & accolades from prestigious music organizations including 'The best violinist of the season' from the Music Academy of Madras .He is a recipient of national scholarship for young artists and a National award winner of All India Radio.

Parupalli Phalgun - An extremely talented and dynamic performer, Phalgun was trained from the age of five by the Late Radhakrishna Raju and later under his son M.L.N. Raju of AIR Vijayawada. Hailing from a family of great musicians such as Parupalli Ramakrishnaiah Pantulu, the guru of  vocal Maestro M. Balamurali Krishna, has provided Mridangam and Khanjira accompaniment to many stalwarts in the field of Carnatic music including M. Balamuralikrishna, Ravikiran, Shashank, Kumaresh & Ganesh, Chitravina Ravikiran, Sudha Raghunathan, Hyderabad Brothers, T.V. Shankarnarayanan, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, etc  in India and abroad.

Phalgun has been a recipient of many awards and is an “A” grade artist of the All India Radio and Television. Phalgun’s name appears on scores of CDs and DVDs produced in India and abroad.

About the Venue:

The Minnesota History Center, where this concert will be held, is located in downtown St. Paul and easily accessed from Interstates 94 and 35E. The address is

345 Kellogg Blvd. West
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102-1906


From the north: Take I-35E south to St. Paul. Follow signs to I-94 west and take the first exit, Marion Street. Take a left on Marion, crossing over I-94, and follow signs for Kellogg. The History Center is straight ahead. After traffic lights at intersection of John Ireland and Kellogg, get into the left-turn lane. This takes you to the parking lot.

From the south: Take I-35 north and exit at Kellogg Boulevard. Turn left on Kellogg and take the first right into the parking lot.

From the east: Take I-94 west. Exit at Marion Street and take a left on Marion, crossing over I-94. Follow the signs for Kellogg Boulevard. After the intersection of Kellogg and John Ireland boulevards, get into the left-turn lane. This takes you to the parking lot.

From the west: Take I-94 east to the Marion Street/Kellogg Boulevard exit. Follow the signs for Kellogg. After the intersection of  Kellogg and John Ireland boulevards, get into the left-turn lane. This takes you to the parking lot.

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This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the  Honeywell Foundation's "Dollars for Doers" Grant, the Xcel Energy Foundation’s “Dollars for Doing” Grant and IMSOM Members and Donors. 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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