V K Manimaran (Carnatic Vocal) with
Ranjani Ramakrishnan (Violin)
Tanjore K Murugaboopathi (Mridangam)

October 27, 2013 5:00 PM

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul

Tanjore K MurgabhoopathiV K ManimaranRanjani Ramakrishnan

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About the Artists:

V K Manimaran  

V K Manimaran hails from the most illustrious Nadaswaram Paramparai (a stylistic tradition of Nadaswaram (ancient reed instrument)) of Tamil Nadu. His grandfather is Maestro Kulikkarai Pichayappa Pillai, his maternal uncle Shri Kulikkarai Viswalingam Pillai. Shri. Viswalingam is his first guru too.  Starting his tutelage from the age of 5, under his uncle, V K Manimaran started his stage performances right from the age of 10. Appearing in all major performance stages in Tamil Nadu, V K Manimaran pursued professional classical music by acquiring a Masters Degree in Indian Music form the Madras University. During this period, he happened to be the favourite student of many illustrious Gurus like Smt Suguna Purushothaman, Smt Rukmini Ramani and Shri Rajam Iyer. Simulatneously, his advanced training continued under the great guru Calcutta Shri Krishnamaurthy for several years.

Endowed with a robust voice, soaked in aesthetics, and uncompromising classicism, with a wide repertoire of various composers and works, V K Manimaran, has carved a niche for himself with his individual qualities. V K Manimaran, has completed over twenty years of great stage performances. Some of his excellent appearances and award winning performances include  RR Sabha, Trichy (Awarded Title 'Sangeetha Sree'); The Music Academy, Chennai; Naradha Gaana Sabha, CHENNAI; Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai; Indian Fine Arts, CHENNAI; Trivandrum Music Circle Kerala and Swathi Thirunaal Sangeetha Sammelan, Kerala.

Overseas, he has performed at several cities across Europe, USA and Australia including such prestigious venues and events as: Clevaland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Cleveland, USA: Lewisham Tamil Music Circle, London, UK; European Music Circle, Switzerland; Houston Thyagaraja Utsavam, USA; Singapore Fine Arts, Singapore and Swara Laya Music Festival, Sydney, Australia.

Ranjani Ramakrishnan

Ranjani Ramakrishnan is a young, highly sought after violinist.  Ranjani was trained in violin by her mother Smt. Seetha Ramakrishnan. She was the winner of the All India Radio competition in 1995 and is currently a grade 'A' artist with AIR and Doordarshan.  Ranjani has also received vocal training from Smt. Latha Ramchand of Chennai.
She has accompanied eminent and senior vidwans like Shri. R.K. Shrikantan, Shri. O.S. Thiagarajan & Chitravina Shri. N. Ravikiran to name a few. She regularly performs with dancer Padmashri Alarmel Valli for her shows in India and abroad.

She has given artistic inputs to movies based on Classical Music and has featured in numerous Carnatic-Hindustani jugalbandis and fusion concerts. She was highly acclaimed for her work as Music Co-ordinator in the movie ''Morning Raga'', starring Shabana Azmi. Apart from providing vocal and violin expressions to the movie and training the actors in the Classical Carnatic style, she also acted the cameo role of a violin artist

Tanjore K Murugaboopathi

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.

He has travelled to countries like Singapore, Malayasia, Sultanate of Oman (Muscat), Germany, France, England to name a few.  He has also been regularly traveling to USA and Canada for teaching assignments and concerts.

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 Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, and the generosity of its members and donors. This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI “Fresh Air” Radio (90.3 in Minneapolis/106.7 FM in St. Paul).

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