Naadharasa - The Essence of Naadha

V V Subrahmanyam & V V S Murari (Carnatic Violin Duet)
Poovalur Sriji (Mridangam)
Tripunithura Radhakrishnan (Ghatam)

September 21 2014, 5:00 PM

Dr V Premanand Theater and Concert Hall
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN


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About the Artists

Naadhayogi V V Subrahmanyam

A multifaceted musician, Prof. V V Subrahmanyam popularly known as VVS is a violin artiste, composer, scholar, educator, author, innovator, and inventor.   Legendary VVS had his initial training under his father Vadakkencheri Veeraraghava Baghavathar. His other gurus are Tripunithura Sri. Narayana Iyer, Chembai Sri. Vaidhyanatha Bhagavathar, Musiri Sri. Subramanya Iyer & PadmaVibushan Dr. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.

An outstanding soloist and accompanist, VVS has accompanied all the illustrious musicians of the past. His genius is obvious in the purity of his music, perceiving and playing melody as inseparable with lyrical excellence, silky bowing.  As a soloist and accompanist, he has toured all over India and abroad. He was the FIRST INDIAN VIOLINIST to have performed in USA, and at the UNITED NATIONS
with Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi. He has widely traveled the globe.
He won the special appreciation from the world renowned Violin Maestro YEHUDI MENUHIN as, "Violin Virtuoso Subrahmanyam", when he performed in the EAST- WEST encounter held at New Delhi in the year 1964. He has also merited a mention in the book "ETERNAL OF INDIA" by Smt. Indira Gandhi, Late Prime-Minister of India. UNESCO released its first ever South Indian Instrumental recording of legendary VVS, a rarity. Legendary VVS has received several awards and merits, to name a few - "Naadha Yogi", "Naadhabrahmam", & the Sangeet Natak Academy Award from the President of India.

V V S Murari

A renowned violinist, composer and an educator was born to the illustrious Violin Maestro Prof. VVS. He comes from the great musical lineage of Sri. Muthuswami Dikshithar and Sri. Swathi Tirunal. He had his initial training from his grandfather Vadakkencheri Veeraraghava Bhagavathar, and later on from his legendary father Shri. VVS. He also trained under the doyen Padma Vibushan Dr. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.

Murari has carved a niche for himself in the field of South Indian classical music. With a musical career spanning nearly three decades, since his debut at the age of 10, Murari has been making waves in the field of Carnatic music through his aesthetic musical approach and remarkable violin technique. He conceptualizes and executes his style of playing in a way that stands as a pillar of support in each concert. Murari has had the privileged opportunities in sharing the stage with various legendary musicians and percussionists from an early age. 
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Murari is also known for his versatility, especially his ability to present various genres with precision and ease. Apart from classical music, he has been composing music for dance dramas, ballets, short films, and fusion/modern music. He has worked on various projects with world class musicians, music directors, choreographers, and dancers and have been part of many prestigious national & international festivals. Murari is the founder and director of VVS Foundation, imparting quality music education (in person and online) to students across the world.

Poovalur Sriji

A prolific composer, performer, educator, an 'A' top grade artist recognized by All India Radio, studied South Indian Classical music from his father P.A. Venkataraman. For over three decades Poovalur has performed with the leading artist from both South and North Indian Classical traditions. Since his move to the United States Poovalur has performed and recorded with artists such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Bela Fleck, Mark O’ Connor, John Bergamo, Glen Velez to name a few.

Poovalur has composed several pieces portraying the South Indian idioms. Poovalur has received several awards from leading institutions, and the album Tabula Rasa, where he has composed and performed with Bela Fleck, V. M. Bhatt and J.P. Chen was nominated for a Grammy.

He is the founding member of the group 'Brahmah'. He found and directs the 'SNEW' and the 'South Indian Cross Cultural Ensemble'. He is currently a faculty at the University of North Texas. He has taught at Calarts and the San Diego State University.

Tripunithura Radhakrishnan

A top ranking Ghatam player also the recipient of prestigious “Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award”. He is a Lecturer in Mridangam at the R.L.V. College of Music & Fine Arts, Tripunithura.Passed Ghanabooshanam (Mridangam) and Gana Praveena (Mridangam) with First Class from S.S.T. Music College, Trivandrum, Govt. of Kerala. Stepped in to this music field through his father, who was his first Guru. He is also the disciple of Shri Parassala Ravi and Padmabhooshan T.V. Gopalakrishnan.He started accompanying from the age of 11. He has shared stage with stalwarts of yesteryear, and present day illustrious and popular musicians.
About the Venue:
Normandale Community College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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IMSOM’s Fall 2014 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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