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Bangalore – India, Shantala was immersed in music right from
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
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
South India performing in many prestigious organizations. She has tour
extensively in USA and Europe for her solo concerts. Shantala
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 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
K 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
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:
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.
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
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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