The 13th Annual Aradhana
A musical tribute to the great composers of Carnatic (South Indian) Classical Music by Twin Cities’ vocalists and instrumentalists.
Saturday, November 15,
2008, 2:00 PM
Admission:The event is free!
About the program:
Twin-Cities Aradhana has been a fixture of the Communities' calendar
since 1995. Modeled after the tradition of Thyagaraja Aradhana,
performed annually in Thiruvayyar, India, Aradhana-2008's main purpose
is to celebrate the works of and pay tributes to, Purandaradasa
(considered the father of Carnatic music), the trinity of Carnatic
music (Saint Thyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar and Shyama Shastri) and
other great composers by rendering their select compositions. This
is one of the rare opportunities to see and hear Carnatic music as a
chorus presentation. (Carnatic music is almost always performed solo.).
Lead Vocalists: Nirmala Rajasekar, Leela Ramanathan
Rajasekar began her performing career as a solo veena player and
age 13 in
Nirmala’s achievements and long track record is highlighted with many honors and laurels. The gradations board in India of Indian Radio and Television has awarded the prestigious ‘A Grade ranking artist’ grade to Nirmala in 1990. Several organizations have felicitated Nirmala for her invaluable contributions to the world of music and have bestowed upon her many awards and honors including the titles of ‘Nada Kala Vipanchee’ [holder of the pure tone] and ‘Veenai Sudaroli‘[the beacon light of veena].
Her creativity and musicianship is showcased in many recordings - including the BBC, England‘s ‘Library of world artists’ Album. Most recently, Nirmala Rajasekar collaborated with some of the fine practitioners in Carnatic music, to come up with an exquisite CD, ‘Song of the Veena’ released worldwide in Nov 2007 by Innova records.
She has received many grants, commissions and scholarships – from the American Composer’s Forum, Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer. Nirmala is the first Indian classical musician to have been chosen as an Artistic Fellow by the Bush Foundation (2006 –2007).
As a very
innovative composer and performer, Nirmala has merged the world of
Indian music with many art forms of the world. She has created music
celebrated American poet Robert Bly. She has written the soundscapes in
collaborative works with other musical disciplines - Jazz and Western
music to name some. She has worked in over a dozen projects with dance
theater. She has performed with string quartets and orchestras and has
Carnatic music with the music of 11nth century German saint Hildegaard
Bingen. Her ‘veena suite’ for Symphony Orchestra a co-creation (the
ever) with composer Jan Gilbert was presented in May 2007 at the
Nirmala is also a dedicated teacher who has been recognized in several National and State rosters of educators of caliber.
Ramanathan is a highly accomplished
vocalist. She helped launch the Aradhana in the Twin Cities and has
been one of
its lead vocalists since inception. Leela started learning Carnatic
the age of seven and has been performing on stage for the last three
Leela received initial training from Mrs. Subbalakshmi, disciple of Sri
Kalakkadu Ramanarayana Iyer and from Mrs. P.K. Rajalakshmi. She then
advanced training from acclaimed musicologist, Dr. C.S. Balakrishnan
for over a
decade. She has given numerous concerts in
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 Honeywell
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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