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Pantula Rama hails from a culturally abundant family of musicians,
poets and astrologers. Dr.Rama had her initial training in music under
her father Sri.Pantula Gopala Rao and continues to be the prime
disciple of ‘Sangeeta Kalasagara’ Sri.Ivaturi Vijayeswara
Rao. She enjoys the privilege of having the brilliant musician
Sri.M.S.N.Murthy as her soul mate. Exhibiting prodigious talent, Rama
gave her maiden concert at the age of 8. Dr.Pantula Rama is highly
regarded for her chaste, aesthetic and intellectual style of singing.
She is graded ‘A’ in vocal and ‘B-High’ in
Violin & Viola by All India Radio. She holds a PhD in music from
Andhra University. Her doctoral thesis has been published by Gyan
Publishers of New Delhi under the title – ‘Shaping of an
ideal Carnatic Musician through Sadhana’. She has been honoured
with the title ‘Gayatri Sangeeta Vidwanmani’. She is the
recipient of many awards such as - ‘Outstanding Lady
Vocalist’, ‘Best Pallavi Award’ from The Music
Academy, Madras and ‘Ragam Tanam Pallavi Award’ –
Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana Festival. She has been performing all over
India and countries like Singapore, Thailand and USA. She is also a
Reiki Master in the traditional Usui system of natural healing.
M S N Murthy
Mutnuri Srinivasa Narasimha Murthy (M.S.N.) Murthy
Hails from a music family. Mother Smt. Mutnuri Jalajakshi is a veteran
vocalist. He is a Disciple of ‘Sangeeta Sahitya Kalanidhi’
Sriman N.Ch.Krishnamacharyulu. M.S.N.Murthy started performing at an
early age of ten. He was exempted in age and selected as a casual
artiste by All India Radio at 14. He has been winning high degree of
appreciation from listeners for his purity of style, fine aesthetic
sense and command over the instrument. He has been awarded ‘Top
Grade’ in Violin, ‘A Grade’ in Vocal & ‘A
Grade’ in Viola by All India Radio. He served All India Radio for
20 years as Staff Artist (Violin) and opted for voluntary retirement.
He has participated in many National Programmes of Music, Sangeet
Sammelan Concerts and Jugalbandi concerts of All India Radio &
Tanjore K.Murugaboopathi belongs to a family of
artists and musicians. He is hailed as one of India’s brightest
stars and best percussionists in the world of South Indian Carnatic
music. One of the hallmarks of his playing is his unique ability adapt
his playing to any style of singing or instrumental music. This has won
him huge appreciation and a large following among both artists and
audiences alike. He had his initial training under Prof.T.R.Srinivasan
in the Tamilnadu Government Music College. After receiving the 'Vadhya
Visharada' with distinction from the Music College, he came under the
guidance of the great Mridangam Maestro Tanjore Upendran. He has won
numerous awards for his work from organizations in India and abroad
including the Best Artist award from the prestigious Music Academy
Chennai India and Sivan Manram Sydney, Australia. He is featured on
hundreds of DVDs and CD’s being a favorite artist of choice for
all the leading lights of Indian music including Madurai T.N.
Seshagopalan, Sanjay Subramaniam, Sudha Ragunatha and Aruna Sayeeram
(vocals) Dr. N.Ramani and Shashank (Flute), U.Srinivas (Mandolin) among
others across the globe.
|About the Venue:
is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
University (2004 Randolph Ave, Saint
Paul, MN 55105). The Recital Hall
is Building 24 in the campus map (see
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.
I-94 going W: Take Snelling Avenue (US
(left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to
Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on
I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed
West to Fairview/Randolph
Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound to Cretin
South on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East on Randolph to Cleveland
Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
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
of St. Catherine
St. Catherine University.
IMSOM’s Fall 2012 Concert Series
has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan
Regional Arts Council’s (MRAC) Arts Activities Support (AAS)
Grant, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the
Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from
US Bank, and the generosity of its members and donors. These concerts
are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).
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