Nagai Muralidharan & Nagai Sriram (Carnatic Violin Duet)
Mannargudi A Easwaran (Mridangam)

May 03, 2015 5:00 PM

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul

Nagai Muralidharan, Nagai Sriram,
                              Mannargudi A Easwaran

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About the Artists:

Nagai Muralidharan & Nagai Sriram 

Nagai 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 instrumental concerts.
Nagai Muralidharan is also the recipient of numerous awards. A short list of awards he has recieved :
  • 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" – (2008)
  • "Maharajapuram Santhanam Memorial Award" – Maharajapuram Santhanam Trust –(2009)
  • “SAHRUDAYA SEVA RATHNA” – SHI-BA Sangeetha Sabha Chennai - (2009)
  • “NADHA VIDHYA BHOOPATHY ” – The Trichy Nadhadweepam Trust – (2009)
  • “GAANA PADHMAM” – Brahma Gana Sabha – Chennai(2011)
  • “Madurai Somu Memorial Award”- Valayapatti Nadhalaya Trust- Chennai(2011)
Nagai 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.

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

Mannargudi 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 successful percussionist.

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 and Iran.

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:
  • Kalaimamani by The Government of Tamil Nadu, 2003
  • Laya Gnana Surabhi by Tirunelveli Sangeetha Sabha
  • Isai Kadal by Karaikudi Tamil Sangam
  • Sunadha Laya Mani by Deviprasad Sangeetha Vidyalaya, Kumbakonam
  • Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam
  • Sangeetha Kalamrutha by H.H. Haridos Giri Swamiji
  • Best Mridangist Award by Kalarasana, 1993
  • Best Senior Mridangist by Madras Music Academy, 2000
  • Mridanga Laya Mani by H.H. Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal
  • Laya Kaladhara Samrat by Indian Classical Music Federation
  • Palghat Mani Iyer Award by Percussive Arts Centre, Bangalore, 2006
  • He was also felicitated by Sri Thyagabrahma Gana Sabha, Chennai in the year 1995, for 35 years of service to the music field.

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.

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 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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