Carnatic Vocal Music by
Neyveli Santhanagopalan
accompanied by
S. D. Sridhar - Violin and
Tanjore K. Murugaboopathi - Mridangam
Balaji Chandran - Ghatam

Sunday, March 29, 5:00 PM


St. Paul Student Center
2017 Buford Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108

Tanjore MurugaboopathyNeyveli SanthanagopalanS.D. Sridhar

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About the Artists:

Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan is an acclaimed senior musician steeped in traditional classicism. Renowned for rendering effective concerts couched in ‘Bhakthi’ (devotion) and ‘Bhava’ (emotion), he skillfully elevates music to the pedestal of divine life philosophy. His excellent theoretical depth with extensive research of the best approaches makes him a distinctive musicologist. This great multifaceted and versatile singer is also proficient at playing the veena and percussion instruments with strengths in ‘laya’ exposition.
He hails from a culturally strong family, and was initiated into music by his mother Smt. Jayalakshmi Ammaal. He obtained his early guidance from reputed gurus like Chembai Sri. C.S.Anantharama Bhagavathar and Srirangam Sri. Ranganathan.
Neyveli has distinguished himself with numerous successful concerts worldwide and is the recipient of many awards from music associations in India and overseas. He has been awarded the Sangeetha Kala Sarathy by Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha,the oldest Sabha in Chennai, Naada Sevitha by Naadabrahmam Music Journal, Nama Sankeerthana Rathan by G.K.Foundation, and Sri Vidya Thapasvi by the Thapas Academy. He has also received Rasika Priya Rathna award from a prominent music organization in Australia. Garnering the Aasthaana Vidwan (Primary musician) titles from the most esteemed Kanchi Mutt, Sringeri Mutt, and Sri Ganapathy Sachidananda Mutt (religious establishments) has been a great honor for this deeply religious musician.
Outside of stage performances, Neyveli has been instrumental in promoting South Indian Classical Music education in India and abroad. He is the Dean of the Nityananda Music Academy (in USA); founded ‘Nada Pata S’ala’ to coach and guide budding musicians; anchors a daily music program ‘SaRiGaMaPa’ for JayaTV and promotes Internet-based music teaching/learning via He has done extensive research on ‘Nada Laya Yoga,’ a new initiative exploring the medicinal and curative effects of music.

S. D. Sridharan started initial training under Kumbakonam Sri Srinivasan, a leading disciple of the late violin great Kumbakonam Sri Rajamanickam Pillai. He followed advanced training under the present day violin Maestro Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri. M. Chandrasekaran.
Over the last 4 decades, Sridharan has accompanied many great musicians of the past: Chembai Vaidyanatha Baghavathar, T.K. Rangachari, Prof. S. Ramanathan, D.K. Jayaraman, K.V. Narayanaswamy,  Veena S. Balachander, and Maharajapuram Santhanam. He has accompanied almost all the living greats such as D.K. Pattammal, Dr. M.  Balamuralikrishna, Dr. N. Ramani, Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.N. Seshagopalan, T.V. Sankaranarayanan, Mandolin U. Shrinivas, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Sanjay subramaniyam and T.M. Krishna. He has performed in the company of great percussionists such as Palghat Mani Iyer, Dr. T.K. Murthy, Palghat Raghu, C.S. Murughabhoopathy, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Valagaiman Shanmugasundaram, Haridvaramangalam Palanivel and Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Sridharan has travelled around the world performing festivals and music series, including  jugalbandhis in the company of Mandolin Srinivas, Zakir Hussain  and Vikkhu  Vinayakram. Among the various titles, the most important one is - Astanavidwan of Sri Kamakoti  Mutt conferred by Paramacharya.
Among all the awards that Sridharan has received, the most important ones are the best senior violinist award from The Music Academy in 1986 during their all India festival and the Best Senior Violinist from the Indian Fine Arts Society in 1996.

Sri Tanjore Murugabhoopathi belongs to a family of artists and musicians. He had his initial training under Mridangam Vidwan and Lecturer in the Tamilnadu Government Music College Sri T.R.Srinivasan. After receiving the 'Vadhya Visharada' with distinction from the Music College, he came under the guidance of Late Sri Tanjore Upendran. He learnt from the late maestro in the age old tradition of Gurukulavasam.  He has won numerous awards including the Vadya Kalaimani from the Music College, Chennai, the Laya Kala Ratna from the Tiruppur Murugan Mandram, the Best Artiste Award from the South Indian Music Club, Andhra Pradesh, the Music Academy and the Sivan Mandram, Sydney, Australia. Murugabhoopathi can adopt his playing to any style of singing or instrumentals and has won the appreciation of the artists as well as the rasikas. He regularly accompanies leading artists such as Sangeetha Kalnidhi Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. N. Ramani, Mandolin Srinivas, Sanjay Subramaniam, Sudha Ragunathan, and Aruna Sayeeram, to name a few. He has performed with these artists in Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Germany, Spain, USA, UK, Switzerland, Australia, Dubai, Muscat, Doha, Belgium and Scotland.

Balaji Chandran started his Carnatic percussion studies in Mridhangam under Sri.Kovai Mani and Sri. Kadayanallur Narayana Iyer. He is a disciple of Sri.Ghatam V.Suresh from whom he learns Ghatam. He brings with him an energetic style of playing the Ghatam bestowed upon him by his guru. He has provided his percussive support to many artists in America and in India . He is also adept in playing the Kanjira.

About the venue:

Map of St. Paul student Center
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, IMSOM Members and Donors. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Minneapolis 106.7FM in St. Paul ).

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