Sri Vijay Siva (Carnatic Vocal) with
R. K. Shriramkumar (Violin) and
J. Vaidhyanathan (Mridangam)
Sunday, May 23, 5:00 PM


The Celtic Junction, St. Paul
J. VaidhyanathanVijay SivaR.K. Shriramkumar

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About the Artists

Vijay Siva

Vijay Siva is one of the foremost vocalists today in classical Carnatic Music. A child prodigy, at the age of four, he exhibited a rare intuitive capacity to identify ragas. Vijay Siva had his initial tutelage in Carnatic music from his mother, Akhila Siva, a vocal musician from Chennai. Vijay Siva later became the disciple of the legendary vocalist, Sangita Kalanidhi late Sri D. K. Jayaraman. He later received guidance from the legendary Sangita kalanidhi late Smt. D. K. Pattammal. Vijay Siva is also an accomplished percussionist (Mridangam), and received his training from Kumbakonam Shri Rajappa Iyer. Vijay Siva has performed in numerous and famed locations all over India and abroad including USA, Canada, and Singapore.

A recipient of numerous awards and titles, Vijay Siva has received recognition for both vocal and percussion (Mridangam), including awards for devotional music in 1974 and the coveted "Rajaji Tamboora" in 1981 from Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai. He was also awarded first place in classical and light classical music competitions (1984) conducted by All India Radio. He is the recipient of prestigious titles: "Isai Peroli" (1995) from Karthik Fine Arts, the “Youth Award for Exellence” by Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust in 1995, and the first recipient of “Kalki Krishnamurthy Award (1996)” by Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Trust, Chennai.

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R. K. Shriramkumar

R. K. Shriramkumar is a top ranking Violin artist from India. He belongs to the Rudrapatnam family of musicians; a family with a glorious musical tradition. He is the grandson of the renowned violinist Sangeetha Kalaratna R. K. Venkatarama Shastry. After initial training on the violin from Smt. Savitri Satyamurthy, he received advanced training from his grandfather. He has performed all over the world. He has had the privilege of accompanying some of the legends of Carnatic music like Semmangudi R. Srinivasa Iyer, M. S. Subbulakshmi, D. K. Pattammal, and Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna. He has received the title of Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar and the Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial award. He is the first ever instrumentalist to be conferred the prestigious “Isai Peroli” title (2009).

Shri J. Vaidhyanathan

Shri J. Vaidhyanathan hails from a family of great musicians. He is the son of legendry musician Sangita Kalanidhi Shri.D.K.Jayaraman and nephew of Padmavibhushan Sangita Kalanidhi Smt.D.K.Pattammal. He is the disciple of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. T.K.Murthy. He has accompanied great stalwarts such as Sangita Kalanidhis Bharat Ratna Smt. M.S.Subbulakshmi, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Smt.D.K. Pattammal, Smt. M.L. Vasanthakumari, Lalgudi Sri G Jayaraman, and Sri S Balachandar. JV, a he is affectionately known, has travelled widely in India and abroad. He is the youngest Mridangist to get the prestigious Kalaimaamani award from the Government of Tamilnadu in 2006.


About the Venue:

The Celtic Junction is located at
836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55104.


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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