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Mysore Nagaraj & Mysore Manjunath (Mysore Brothers)
Violin Maestros Mysore Nagaraj
& Dr.Mysore Manjunath, the sons and disciples of renowned
Sangeetha Vidhyanidhi Prof.Mahadevappa, were child prodigies who
matured quickly to emerge as one of the top ranking violinists in India
today. Their exceptional musical talents were first revealed at very
tender age of 8 when they stormed in to the music world sweeping all
the music lovers & critics off their feet by their
musical acumen and technical virtuosity. Acclaimed as child prodigies
with astonishing musicianship, Nagaraj and Manjunath matured blossoming
as one of the leading Instrumentalists in the contemporary musical
scene. Their marvelous imagination and technical versatility made them
one of the Top Ranking Violinists in the annals of Indian Classical
Nagaraj & Manjunath are one of the youngest musicians to be
A-Top Ranking. Excelling academically also, Dr.Manjunath did Master of
Music at The University of Mysore, securing First rank and 4 Gold
medals & did his PhD in Violin at the University of Mysore.
Concerts of these Maestros have been featured in innumerable Music
festivals & conferences all over the world.
collaborated with many out standing musicians from all over the world
including Mark O'Connor, Ned Mcgowan, Mark wood, Jai Uttal, Fabrizio
Cassol, Riccardo Nova, Todd Haaby, Joe Cravin & Fred Hamilton.
Fusion Concerts they played with Renowned European Music bands -
Akamoon, Spenifex orchastra & Ictus have been well received in
Laurels & accolades kept pouring in right from their child
They are one of the youngest musicians to be honored with the
prestigious Rajyothsava Award by the Government of Karnataka. Mysore
brothers received innumerable awards including the Excellence award
from American Institute of World culture, Honors from the American Arts
council, Best Violinist awards from The Music Academy, Best violinist
award from The prestigious Indian fine arts society, Aarkay Award from
Aarkay-New York, Sangeeth Samrat, Aryabhata Award, Meritorious Award
from University of Oklahoma-USA, Sangeeth Rathna, Ganavaridhi,
Samskruthi Sinchana Award, Ganakalashree, Sangitha Vidwanmani,
Sathyashri,Tanti Vadya Shiromani from Kanchi kamakoti peetham and etc.
Some of the important Performances also include Music concerts at The
Prestigious Sydney Opera House- Australia, Common thread Festival in
Oregon, All European Cultural festival in Leicester, Festival of India
in London, SAARC summit, Royal charity Concert at Putra World trade
centre in Kuala Lumpur before the King of Malaysia, special concert
before His Excellency Dr. Sam Nujoma, the President of the Republic of
Namibia, Concerts at Theatre da la villa in Paris, All European Music
festival in Leicester, Santa Fe Music Festival in New Mexico,
Federation Square- Melbourne, Congregational hall in Portland,
Esplanade Theatre in Singapore, Bozar Contemporary Music Festival in
Brussels, World Music special series on BBC and Australian Broadcasting
Corporation, Jazzar fest in Switzerland and Innumerable Academic work
shops & Presentations at various Universities world wide.
Srimushanam Raja Rao
Born in 1955 in Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu, Shri Srimushnam V. Rajarao
received his initial training in Mridangam from his father Shri S.
Venkataramana Rao. He was later a student of Shri Kumbakonam M. Rajappa
Iyer. He has received training in Carnatic vocal music from eminent
teachers including Sarvashri Papanasam Sivan, Calcutta Krishnamurthy,
and Mayuram Vaidyanatha Iyer.
Shri Rajarao has over the years established himself as a Mridangam
player, and has performed extensively in music festivals in India and
abroad. He has accompanied many eminent Carnatic musicians, vocalists
and players of instruments notably Sarvashri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer,
T.R. Mahalingam, Balamuralikrishna, T.N. Seshagopalan, T.N. Krishnan,
Lalgudi Jayaraman, R.K. Srikantan, T.V. Sankaranarayanan, among others.
He has also played with outstanding musicians of the Hindustani stream.
Besides Mridangam, he plays the Kanjira and Morsing. He is often to be
heard on All India Radio and Doordarshan.
Shri Rajarao has received a number of honours for his work. These
include the title of Kalaimamani bestowed by the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai
Nataka Manram (1999), the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi
(2010), and an award of the Kanchi Mahaswamy (2010). He has worked as a
visiting professor of Mridangam at the University of California at
The Cowles Auditorium is
located across the street from the 19th
Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey
Center, University of MN, West
Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st
Ramp is also convenient.
Center, University of Minnesota,
To get to the 19th Ave
- 35W to U of MN
exit (Washington Ave
S). East on Washington to Cedar Ave S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St
S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- I94 to Cedar Ave
S. North on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S.
East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- Washington Ave
SE from U of MN east bank. Exit on
Cedar Ave. S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2
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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