Shantala Subramanyam (Carnatic Flute) with
Akkarai Sornalatha (Violin)
K Sai Giridhar (Mridangam)

March 10, 2013 5:00 PM

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul

Sai Giridhar Shantala Subramanyam Akkarai Sornalatha

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About the Artists:

Shantala Subramanyam  

Born in Bangalore – India, Shantala was immersed in music right from her birth having born into an illustrious music family. She was initiated into formal training in Carnatic Classical vocal music at a tender age of four and she took to flute playing when she was about eleven years old. It was her good fortune to be trained by eminent performers -vocalist Late Sri. Vairamangalam Lakshminarayanan and is currently pursuing vocal music training under Sri O.S.Thyagarajan and Sri Sriram Parasuram. She gratefully acknowledges the contributions of famed South Indian drummers Trichur Sri.Narendran, Patri. Satish Kumar and Parupalli Phalgun towards enriching her rhythm training, spread over a decade. Her brother Shashank and father M.N. Subramanyam nurtured her talent carefully assuming the role of a teacher.  At this time in India where women flutists are only a hand few , Shantala is bound to emerge as a dominant contributor to this field owing to her diligent and hard training. This view has been echoed by music critiques. She has been highly appreciated for her melodic presentations combined with complex rhythmic patterns.

Shantala has been performing solo concerts in reputed organizations all over India since a young age.  She has toured extensively across South India performing in many prestigious organizations. She has tour extensively in USA and Europe for her solo concerts.  Shantala is also a well sought after teacher. She has been imparting training in South Indian vocal music and flute playing to many students from India and across the globe.  She recently released a double album CD titled “Bamboo in Harmony” which has been highly appreciated by critiques and audiences alike. In this CD she is accompanied by some of the most sought after artists from South India.

Akkarai Sornalatha

Akkarai S Sornalatha, who hails from a musical family, is a very promising and talented young violinist as well as vocalist. Sornalatha is a disciple of her Father Akkarai Shri S
Swamynathan. She now pursues her vocal training with Shri P S Narayanaswamy and Chitravina Shri N Ravikiran.

Sornalatha, who is blossoming into a very fine artiste, has accompanied many reputed artists from South India and performs duet concerts both as a vocalist and violinist with her elder sister Subhalakshmi. She has toured widely across India, USA, Austrailia and Sri Lanka.

Sornalatha is a recipient of many awards and titles by prestigious organisations from South India. Sornalatha feels extremely grateful to all her teachers and especially to her
father, Sri Akkarai S Swamynathan who pioneered her to this field of Music.

K Sai Giridhar

Sai Giridhar, born in the year 1984, into a family deeply interested in classical music, began his training under the renowned mridangam artiste Parupalli S Phalgun. Giridhar started performing from his age of 18. He has won gold medals in many youth music competitions held across the country.  

He has traveled extensively in India providing mridangam accompaniment to many a famed musicians and fusion groups in over 500 concerts thus far. Smt. Aruna Sairam, Bombay Jayashree, Flute Maestro Shashank, Chitravina Ravikiran, Sudha Raghunathan, Unnikrishnan, to name a few. He has had the opportunity to be a part of Jungle orchestra, a fusion group from Denmark. Giri’s name appears on several CD and DVD labels .

Giridhar has won the hearts of the listeners and artists alike owing to his adaptability, very melodic and fine artistry. This apart he is equally adept in playing the Khanjira – Hand drums.

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 Fall 2013 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the 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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