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About the Artists:
& Nagai Sriram
Muralidharan was born on December 4, 1958
to Sri. R.Rajagopalan and Smt. R. Komavalli. He
began his violin tutelage under his mother Smt.
R. Komavalli.Nagai Muralidharan later underwent
further training from Sri. R. S. Gopalakrishnan.
Nagai Muralidharan's maiden performance was at
the age of 10 and his career as a violinist has
spanned for over 4 decades.
Today, he is a top-ranking violinist, noted for
his clarity, rich tonal quality, and crispness,
and has developed a distinct scholarly style of
his own. Nagai Muralidharan is also a regular
feature in the Radio Sangeetha Sammelan concerts
on Doordharshan, and as an accompanist in
several CDs and cassettes. Additionally, he also
served as a violin artiste in All India Radio,
Trichy from 1978 to 2003.
Over the years, Nagai Muralidharan has traveled
and performed in countries all over the world
including USA, Canada, Australia, Europe,
Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Muscat, Doha,
Bahrain. He has accompanied many legends
and young artists in their vocal and
Nagai Muralidharan is also the recipient of
numerous awards. A short list of awards he has
Sriram hails from a family of musicians.
He was initiated into Carnatic Violin music at
the age of 10 by his grandmother, Smt R.
Komalavalli. Currently, Nagai Sriram is
receiving advanced training from his uncle
Vidwan Kalaimamani Nagai Shri R. Muralidharan
and is an A-grade artist of All India Radio.
- Dr.Sir. Raja Annamalai Chettiar
Memorial Award –“Talanted Musician”–Music
Academy Chennai – (1993)
- "Best Senior violinist Award" –
Music Academy Chennai – (1999)
- “KALAIMAMANI” – Tamil Nadu
Government – (2003)
- “ARSHA KALA BHUSHANAM” – Arsha Kala
Gurukulam – Poojya Swamiji Dayananda
saraswathi – (2007)
- “Vani Kala Sudhakara” – Sri
Thygabrahma Gana Sabha -(2010)
- "Violinist of the year – Carnatica"
- "Maharajapuram Santhanam Memorial
Award" – Maharajapuram Santhanam Trust
- “SAHRUDAYA SEVA RATHNA” – SHI-BA
Sangeetha Sabha Chennai - (2009)
- “NADHA VIDHYA BHOOPATHY ” – The
Trichy Nadhadweepam Trust – (2009)
- “SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY” Award – GOVT
OF INDIA –(2010)
- “GAANA PADHMAM” – Brahma Gana Sabha
- “Madurai Somu Memorial Award”-
Valayapatti Nadhalaya Trust- Chennai(2011)
Nagai Sriram started his career as an
accompanist at the age of 12 when he played for
Shri Neyveli Santhanagopalan in New Delhi,
India. Since then, he has been accompanying
various leading artists including Dr. M.
Balamurali Krishna, K.V. Narayanaswamy, T. N.
Seshagopalan, T.V. Sankaranarayanan, O. S.
Thyagarajan, Hyderabad Brothers, Dr. N. Ramani,
Sanjay Subramaniam, P. Unni Krishnan, and T. M.
Krishna, to name a few.
Nagai Sriram has many awards and laurels to his
name including, Shanmukha Sangeetha Sironmani
(Shanmukhanandha Sabha, Mumbai, 2007), Best
Violinist (Music Academy, Chennai, 2001 through
2008), Best Violinist (Maharajapuram Vishwanatha
Iyer Trust, 2004), and Yuvakalabharathi
(Bharath Kalachar, Chennai, 2002).
Mannargudi A Easwaran
A. Easwaran was born on
April 1, 1947 to Sri Appayya Dikshitar and
Smt Janakiammal, and belongs to the
illustrious family of the famed Sanskrit
scholar Appayya Dikshitar. He stepped into
the world of rhythm at the tender age of 8
under the guidance of Kuniseri U.
Krishnamani Iyer. He has also been under the
tutelage of mridangam maestro Guruvayur S.
Dorai. With 49 years of performing
experience behind him, he is among the most
sought after percussionists of the country
today. He lives by the principle that
respect to the main artist, saha pakkavdya
artists and the audience is crucial for a
In his musical career that nearly spans half
a century, Mannargudi Easwaran has
accompanied a wide range of artists, right
from the maestros of yesteryears to the
young stars of today. Some eminent names in
the list would be Semmangudi R. Srinivasa
Iyer, M.S. Subbulakshmi, M.L.
Vasanthakumari, Maharajapuram S. Santhanam,
M. Balamuralikrishna, Veena S. Balachander,
T.N. Krishnan, Lalgudi G. Jayaraman,
Mandolin U. Srinivas, T.N. Seshagopalan, N.
Ramani, T.V. Sankaranarayanan, O.S.
Thyagarajan, N. Ravikiran, Maharajapuram S.
Ramachandran, Sudha Raghunathan, P.
Unnikrishnan, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, T.M.
Krishna, N. Vijay Siva, and Ganesh-Kumaresh.
He has been featured in prestigious Sabhas
and festivals all over India and abroad,
including the US, UK, France, Canada,
Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Iraq
An arts graduate from the University of
Madras, Mannargudi Easwaran was a staff
artist of All India Radio, Chennai, for 23
years. He retired as a "Grade One"
instrumentalist. A top rank artiste of All
India Radio and Doordarshan, Mannargudi
Easwaran has been featured in the "Radio
Sangeet Sammelan" and National Programmes of
All India Radio and Doordarshan. Another
feather in his cap was his participation in
the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the
Indian Independence held at Red Fort, New
Delhi in 1972.
The versatile musician that he is,
Mannargudi Easwaran has been honoured with a
plethora of awards and titles:
by The Government of Tamil Nadu, 2003
Gnana Surabhi by Tirunelveli Sangeetha
Kadal by Karaikudi Tamil Sangam
Laya Mani by Deviprasad Sangeetha
Vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam
Kalamrutha by H.H. Haridos Giri Swamiji
Mridangist Award by Kalarasana, 1993
Senior Mridangist by Madras Music
Laya Mani by H.H. Jayendra Saraswati
Kaladhara Samrat by Indian Classical
Mani Iyer Award by Percussive Arts
Centre, Bangalore, 2006
was also felicitated by Sri Thyagabrahma
Gana Sabha, Chennai in the year 1995,
for 35 years of service to the music
Apart from excelling in the art as a
performer, Mannargudi Easwaran has also been
a keen explorer of the art of teaching. He
was invited to teach mridangam as a Visiting
Professor at the San Francisco State
University in 1979 and at the Tamil Nadu
Iyal Isai Kalluri for the year 2002–2003.
The National Academy of Music, Dance &
Drama has named Sri Mannargudi Easwaran for
the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi
Puraskar of the for the year 2008.
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).
- 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.
St. Catherine University.
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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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