Gayathri Venkataraghavan (Carnatic Vocal)
Mysore V Srikanth (Violin)
Tanjore K Murugaboopathi (Mridangam)

October 5, 2014 5:00 PM

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul

Murugaboopathi kalyanasundaramGayathri VenkataraghavanSrikanth Venkatraman

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About the Artists:

Gayathri Venkataraghavan  

Smt. Gayathri Venkataraghavan,began her training in carnatic music at a young age  under  the  tutelage  of  Smt.Rajalakshmi  and  then under  Smt.  Padma Veeraraghavan,  a  disciple  of  Palaghat  Sri.K.V.Narayanaswamy.  She was also trained in various Kritis by  Smt. Rukmini Ramani,  Sri.V.Subramaniam  and Smt.Lakshmi Natarajan. Her advanced training was under Acharya Choodamani Late Sri.A.Sundaresan.  Gayathri is presently under the guidance of Padma Bhushan Sri. P.S.Narayanaswamy.

At a young age as Gayathri Ramani, she has won a number of prizes in inter-school and Inter-college competitions and also in competitions held by Music Academy, Indian Fine Arts Society, Mylapore Fine Arts, Saraswathi Vageeyakara Trust etc.

Gayathri Venkataraghavan is an ‘A’ grade accredited artiste of All India Radio. She  won  the  All India Radio National  level competition in  1993.  Her regular performances for the A I R include a prestigious National Broadcast in 2006.She has sung various themes for Archival purposes for the AIR.  She has performed for Doordarshan national and regional telecasts, and for various other television channels. She has had the honour  of  anchoring  a  documentary  feature  “Engum  Nirai  Nada  Bhrahmam”  a  tribute  to  the  immortal  icon  of  Carnatic  music Bharath Ratna Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi for Doordarshan.

The concert prizes that she has won  at the Music Academy conference, include  The D.K.Pattammal award for Lady vocalist in  2001, T.T.Rangaswamy award in 2002,   H.Natarajan Prize 2003 and 2004 ,  The Pappu Kamakshi Award in 2006 and the Award for Swara singing during 2007. 
In 2003 she was awarded the Kalki Krishnamoorthy award and in the same year she was given the Nada Oli title by Nada Inbam, Madras. She was awarded the SIMANA award instituted by The Carnatic Music Association of North America, Inc.NJ  (USA) Dr.MLV Endowment by  Narada Gana Sabha 2006. She has been awarded the Shanmuka Sangita Shironmani title by Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai  and the Isai Peroli title by The Karthik Fine Arts Chennai.

She has been performing regularly at various centres in India. Her performances abroad include ones at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival 2005 and 2008 at Ohio State, USA and Toronto in Canada. She also performed at the SIFA annual festival at Singapore in Feb 2007. She has also toured the United States and Canada extensively for a concert tour in September and October 2007.  A number of her Commercial albums have been released by Charsur Digital Work Station and other companies.

Mysore V Srikanth

Srikanth is a senior disciple of Vidwan Sri.H.K. Narasimhamurthy of Mysore. He started learning Violin at a very young age and has undergone rigorous training for more than twenty years. Srikanth Venkataraman has been giving performances from his fifteenth year.

Srikanth has gained rich experience by accompanying top artists like R.K.Srikantan, Dr. M Balamuralikrishna, T N Sesagopalan, T V Sankaranarayanan etc.  He has also provided accompaniment to young artists like Abhishek Raghuram, T V Ramprasadh, Gayathri Girish etc.  Srikanth has been featured in all prestigious music sabhas & organizations.  He is graded artist of AIR and Doordarshan.  He has recorded many commercial CDs & cassettes with many great artists.

Srikanth has won a number of awards, accolades and appreciation from rasikas and critics. He is a recipient of Cultural Talent Search Scholarship of Government of India and achieved Distinction in the Senior Grade Music Examination.  He was adjudged as Best Violinist by Krishna Gana Sabha, Indian Fine Arts Society, Karnataka Gana Kala Parishath, Music Academy etc.  He has been conferred with the title "Kala Praveena", "Ananya Yuva Puruskara" by "Ananya" of Bangalore - the prestigious Award for talented young musicians.

Srikanth has traveled abroad widely including USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia & Zambia.

Tanjore Sri K Murugaboopathi

Tanjore Sri K Murugaboopathi belongs to a family of artists and musicians. 

He  had  his  initial  training  under  Sri  T.R.Srinivasan,  a  Mridangam  Vidwan  and Lecturer in the Tamilnadu Government Music College.  After receiving the 'Vadhya Visharada' with distinction from the Music College, he came under the guidance of Late Sri Tanjore Upendran.  He learnt from the late maestro in the age old tradition of Gurukulavasam. 

Sri Murugaboopathi has won numerous awards including the Vadya Kalaimani from the  Music  College,  Chennai,  the  Laya  Kala  Ratna  from  the  Tiruppur  Murugan Mandram,  the  Best  Artiste  Award  from  the  South  Indian  Music  Club,  Andhra Pradesh, the Music Academy and the Sivan Mandram, Sydney, Australia.

Murugaboopathi can adapt his playing to any style of singing or instrumental music and  has  won  the  appreciation  of  the  artists  as  well  as  the  rasikas.    With  his uncompromising  orthodox  style  of  playing  he  gracefully  blends  the  best  of  the Pazhani Subramania Pillai and the Palghat Mani Iyer schools making him one of the most sought after mridangam players today. 

Boopathi  as  he  is fondly  known  with  his  contemporaries,  regularly  accompanies leading artists such as Sangeetha Kalnidhis Shri Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan, Dr. N. Ramani,  Shri  T  V  Sankaranarayan,  the  Hyderabad  Brothers,  Mandolin  Srinivas, Sudha Ragunathan, and other contemporary artists such as Sanjay Subramaniam, T M Krishna, Bombay Jayashri and Aruna Sayeeram to name a few.

Within India, he has performed in various venues in most metros including New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram and across Tamil Nadu. Internationally, he is widely travelled on tour with the above reputed artists in North America including USA and Canada, in Europe including Great Britain, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, South Africa, the Middle East at Dubai, Muscat, and Doha, South East Asia in Singapore and Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

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 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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