Smt. Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam (Carnatic Vocal) with
Avaneeswaram R. Vinu (Violin) and
Shertalai R Ananthakrishnan (Mridangam)

Sunday, October 5, 2008, 4:00 pm

The Recital Hall, College of St. Catherine

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Chertala AnanthakrishnanSmt. Vijayalakshmi SubramaniamAvaneeswaram Vinu

About the artists:

Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam started her training in Carnatic music at the age of five under Shri K. Padmanabhan, a disciple of Harikesanallur Shri Muthiah Bhagavathar from the Swati Tirunal Academy, Trivandrum. Under the guidance of guru Sangeeta Bhushanam Shri K Krishnaswamy of Annamalai University, she learnt detailed aspects of manodharma sangita or improvisation. Vijayalakshmy further honed her skills under the guidance of eminent Vidwans Shri S.Rajam, Shri T.R.Subramaniam, and Shri V.R.Krishnan. Vijayalakshmy enhanced her proficiency for classicism and developed into a musician with a vivid sense of proportion, evident in her concerts.

A leading exponent of Carnatic Music, Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam has held audiences worldwide spellbound with her mellifluous voice, her vast repertoire of ragas and compositions, and her perfect control on rhythmic aspects of music since her first concert at the age of twelve in Delhi. Her concerts are rich with Raga Bhava and Sahitya Bhava imparting a tremendous amount of refinement and sophistication in her presentations.

Vijayalakshmy has performed extensively in India and overseas. In Chennai, the cradle of Carnatic Music, she is a regular performer at all its well-known music institutions. A senior-slot performer at the Music Academy, Vijayalakshmy is an A-graded artist in AIR and has performed in the the prestigious Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan Concerts.

She is a serious researcher of music and has been invited to conduct many workshops by prestigious institutions like the University of Cambridge, UK, Victoria Academy, Wellington, World Vocal Music Festival, and the International Musicological Society, Australia. She has also had a successful maiden tour of the US in Spring 2006 amazing the audience with her mellifluous voice and fine bhava.

Avaneeswaram.S.R.Vinu, the noted violinist, hails from a family of musicians. He had his initial training from his father, Shri. Avaneeswaram .N. Ramachandran, the famous musician and retired principal of R.L.V. College Thripunithura.  Later he continued his training under the violin maestro Shri. Mysore .M. Nagaraj.

An A-grade artiste of All India Raio (AIR), Trivandrum, Vinu holds a Ganabhooshanam diploma and Gana Praveena post diploma from Sree Swathithirunal College of Music, Trivandrum. He has performed in various venues and cities all over India and abroad.

Vinu is a regular performer in the Navarathri Mandapam in Trivandrum Palace. He has regularly performed in the Akashavani Sangeetha Sammelan programmes. In his very  first appearance at  the  senior slot  in  the Madras music academy,  he  was awarded  the  Best  Violinist  award in  2004 and 2005.

Vinu has accompanied renowned artistes such as Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna, Dr.K.J.Yesudas. T.N.Seshagopalan, N. Ramani, Sanjay Subramaniam, T.K.Govindrao, Ravikiran, Sudha Raghunathan, Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam, and many other eminent  artistes.


Shertalai Ananthakrishnan: Born in a family with strong music background, Shertalai Ananthakrishnan had his initial training in Mridangam from Vidwan Late K.R. Bhaskara Kurup at the age of eight. Later on he received advanced studies from Guru Karaikudi R Mani under the cultural scholarship of the Government of India.
He has also studied Carnatic vocal music from his mother Smt Lalitha Ramachandran.

Shri Ananthakrishnan started performing in in formal concerts at the age of 12. He has accompanied numerous stalwart musicians including Dr.Semmangudi R. Srinivasa Iyer, Dr M Balamuralikrishna, Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan, T.V. Sankaranarayanan, U Srinivas, E Gayatri, Vijayalakshmy Subramanian, Sudha Ragunathan, K.J.Yesudas, Sanjay Subramaniam, and T.M.Krishna.

Ananthakrishnan has conducted and performed in several percussion ensembles involving a range of instruments and many Vadhya Vrindha & Jugal Bandhi ensembles (Fusion of Classics). In 2000, he was honored by the prestigious Chembai Trust as Outstanding Artist. He is an A-Graded Artist by All India Radio (AIR). He was adjudged "Best Mridangist" by the Madras Music Academy in the 2005 season. This star Mridangist has had a star-studded start in youth bagging several awards, a few among them being Winner of the Universiity of Kerala Youth Festival (1986-1989), Gold medal at the National Inter-University festival 1988, first place and scholarship at the Sangeetha Nataka Akademi State Music Competition in 1988, and the Best Young Talent Recognition by Sri Swathi Tirunal Sangeetha Sabha (1986).

About the Venue:

Directions and Parking:

The Recital Hall is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium  in the campus of the College of Saint Catherine (2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105). The Recital Hall is Building 24 in the campus map (see below).

Driving Directions: 

  • From I-94 going E: Take Cretin Avenue exit. South (right) on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East (left) on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-94 going W: Take Snelling Avenue (US 51) exit. South (left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed West to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound to Cretin Avenue exit. South on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.

Gate 3 is located between Cleveland and Fairview and is nearest to the intersection of Randolph and Prior Avenues. The Recital Hall is located right behind the better known O'Shaughnessy auditorium. Parking is free after hours and on weekends.

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IMSOM’s Fall 2008 Concert Series has been supported in part by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s (MRAC) Arts Activities Support and Capital Grants, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, and IMSOM members. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI “Fresh Air” Radio (90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul).


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