Carnatica Brothers -
K N Shashi Kiran & P Ganesh (Carnatic Vocal)
Trivandrum Sampath (Violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (Mridangam)

March 29 2015, 5:00 PM

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

 Carnatica Brothers Concert

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About the Artists

Carnatica Brothers - K N Shashi Kiran & P Ganesh

Popular singers, world record holders, Kalaimamani K.N.Shashikiran and P.Ganesh sing together as Carnatica Brothers. The duo is very successful as performers, mentors and scholars in music. With over 4500 concert performances to their credit across India,US, UK, Australia, they are one of the most famous and sought- after singers across the World.

Grandsons of the legendary Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar, Shashikiran and Ganesh stunned the music lovers answering technical questions in music and identifying complex talas and ragas when they were just 30 months old. 

With intense training under Shashikiran's father Chitravina Narasimhan, brother Chitravina Ravikiran and later from Sangitha Kalanidhi T Brinda, T Vishwanathan Calcutta K S Krishnamurthy and lately from Dr M Balamuralikrishna, the cousins have had a steady rise to stardom in the field of Carnatic music. Besides singing, Ganesh plays the Chitravina too

The brothers love teaching music so much so that Shashikiran's research in music revolves around learning music with the help of technology. He is instrumental in rolling out a music learning app Musiguru and a 24 hour online carnatic music radio The Carnatica Channel. Shashikiran also organises a variety of music events through The Carnatica Archival Centre.

(Biography Sourced from Carnatica Brothers' website

Trivandrum Sampath

Trivandrum Sampth's dexterity on violin makes him one of the most sought after accompanist on the Carnatic Concert Circuit.  He has had the privilege of accompanying several senior musicians such as T V Shankaranarayanan, O S Thyagarajan, T K Gopalakrishnan, Mathangi Satyamoorthy, Parassala Ponnammal, Sreevalsan J Menon, Trichur V Ramachandran, and Ravikiran, to name a few. 

Sampath believes in 'kelvijnanam' - knowledge through listening.  He believes that the key to excelling as a violinist lies in constantly updating and expanding one's repertoire of ragas and compositions.  Sampath at present, is an A Grade artiste of All India Radio, and also pursuing his doctoral studies at his alma mater, Sree Swati Thirunal Government College of Music, Thiruvananthapuram, where he is researching on Tyagaraja krithis in raga Thodi.

Thanjavur Murugaboopathi

Thanjavur 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:
Normandale Community College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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IMSOM’s Spring 2015 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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