Kunnakudi M. Balamurali Krishna (Carnatic Vocal) accompanied by
S.D. Sridharan (Volin),
Tanjore K. Murugaboopathi (Mridangam),
Sriram Natarajan (Kanjira), and
Balaji Chandran (Ghatam)

Sunday, March 21, 5:00 PM


Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul
Tanjore K. MurugaboopathiKunnakudi M. Balamurali KrishnaS.D. Sridhar

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About the Artists

Kunnakudi M. Balamurali Krishna

Born in the year 1985, Kunnakudi M. Balamurali Krishna (formerly Master M. Balamurali Krishna) has been one of the rising young vocalists. Music is in his blood. His father, Sri Meenakshi Sundaram, also his first guru, is a musician and an eminent teacher. He also had training under Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan and Sri V.Sundaresan. He is now under the tutelage of Padma Bhushan Sri P.S.Narayanaswami for the past 14 years. He has enthralled audiences all over India and countries like the USA, Australia, Singapore, Dubai, Bahrain and Sri Lanka.

Awards and accolades have followed Balamurali at the right intervals in order to create in him the urge to go further in his musical journey. Being called a child prodigy at a very tender age, Asthana Vidwan title from Sri Kanchi Mutt, Yuvakala Bharathi, Yuvakala Jyothi, Young Star of the year 2008, Gantasala award -2008 etc. are few of the names conferred upon the young Master. He is currently under the Sangeeth Nataka Academy’s Scholarship Scheme after receiving the ‘Advanced Training Scholarship’ from the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India.

Balamurali is an accomplished Mridangist. After training from Nagai Sri Bashyam, he is currently under Guru Kaaraikudi Mani. This rare feature helps him appreciate the intricacies of rhythm from a young age. His Music is totally personal and innovative yet, within the strict parameters of tradition. Balamurali’s music is of a different cadence, rarely found in musicians of his age. His Alapanas are galvanizing efforts, totally personal. His deep involvement in Kriti-rendering and natural flair for laya has made his music enjoyable. His style and content go hand in hand to make him an artiste yearning for the ineffable in Carnatic Music. He is currently pursuing Masters in Music after completing Post-Graduation in Commerce.

S.D. Sridharan

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.

Tanjore Murugabhoopathi

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.

About the Venue:

Directions and Parking:

The Recital Hall is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium  in the campus of St. Catherine University (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 Spring 2010 Concert Series has been supported in part by funds provided by the Xcel Energy “Dollars for Doing” grant, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” grant and IMSOM Members and Donors All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Minneapolis 106.7FM in St. Paul ).

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