Ravikiran (Chitravina)

H V Srivatsan (Violin)
Trichy Sankaran (Mridangam)

October 18 2015, 5:00 PM

HHH Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H Humphrey Center
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Chitravina Concert

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About the Artists


'Chitravina' N Ravikiran made headlines as the world’s youngest prodigy at age two, presented vocal concerts from age five, chitravina recitals since 11 and played a non-stop 24-hour concert at age 18.  He created the revolutionary concept in world music, Melharmony in the year 2000, while working with members of the BBC Philharmonic at the UK Millennium Festival.  

Ravikiran has performed across the world in major festivals, been featured by networks like CNN, BBC & NPR, recorded extensively for major labels and collaborated with top world artistes like Taj Mahal & Glen Velez and orchestras like the BBC Philharmonic. Perhaps the first to introduce Carnatic music in Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia and other countries. He is also the pioneer of Tele-teaching and Online Courses ( in Indian music and creator of the revolutionary visual rhythm software, Taal Acharya. He was the first to introduce Indian music in schools districts in USA through orchestral compositions. 

Ravikiran has composed over 700 pieces including best selling operas such as Ramayana & Mahabharata.  Youngest to win the President of India's Sangeet Natak Academy Award, he has international awards such as Citations from Cities of Houston & Tulsa and numerous titles including Sangeeta Ratnakara, Sangeeta Choodamani & Sangeeta Kala Sarathy.  The city of Middleton, USA decreed that the 3rd Saturday of November every year be celebrated as Melharmony Day as an honour to Ravikiran.  He attributes his successes to gurus - Chitravina Narasimhan and T Brinda.  

H V Srivatsan

Hemmige V. Srivatsan a software engineer from Northern California began his musical career, training to be a violinist, under Prof. Anoor S. Ramakrishna, Principal of the Ayyanar Music College in Bangalore. He has performed with his guru on several occasions. In 1984, he had the unique privilege of accompanying Sangeetha Kalanidhi Kollengode V. Narayanaswamy in a series of concerts in the United States and Canada. This opened new doors for him to train under the great singer as a vocalist. Shri. Srivatsan is a Grade A artist of the All India Radio and has toured with and accompanied artists of repute. He has performed as a vocalist as well.

Trichy Sankaran

Professor Trichy Sankaran is a world-renowned percussion virtuoso, Indian music scholar and composer, and the founding director of Indian music studies at York University. Over the years, Prof. Sankaran has bridged eastern and western pedagogical styles and has influenced generations of students who have become noted performers, composers, and music educators themselves. He has made valuable contributions to many scholarly conferences across North America and has published two major books: one on the theory and techniques of South Indian classical drumming, and the other on the Art of Konnakkol (Solkattu).

Trichy Sankaran has performed at major festivals in India, South-East Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. In his 6 decades of concert experience in Carnatic music, he has accompanied all top rank artists of India. He has performed in jugalbandhis (North-South combo) with famous Hindusthani musicians. In addition to his usual traditional settings and numerous solo recitals, he has performed with Nexus, gamelan, jazz, electronic, African music ensembles and world drums, as well as his own group, Trichy's Trio.

As a composer, Trichy Sankaran has to his credit a number of pieces in the genres of gamelan, jazz, traditional western classical orchestra and world music ensembles. He continues to perform and write compositions for contemporary and world music ensembles. He has received numerous honours and awards for his contributions to University teaching and artistic excellence in the professional field.
In January 2012, Dr. Sankaran received the most coveted honour of 'Sangita Kalanidhi' from the prestigious Music Academy of Madras. He is the first recipient of this award in the Pudhukkottai tradition of mrdangam playing.

Dr. Sankaran was the pioneer in starting the Thygaraja Festival in Toronto, Canada in 1972.  He has published numerous articles, as well as two major textbooks: The Rhythmic Principals and Practice of South Indian Drumming and The Art of Konnakkol.

(Biography sourced from

About the Venue:
The Cowles Auditorium is located across the street from the 19th Ave Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey Center, University of MN, West Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st Ave Ramp is also convenient.

Map of Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, West Bank, Minneapolis

To get to the 19th Ave Parking Ramp:

  • 35W to U of MN exit (Washington Ave S). East on Washington to Cedar Ave S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
  • I94 to Cedar Ave S. North on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
  • Washington Ave SE from U of MN east bank. Exit on Cedar Ave. S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.


IMSOM’s Fall 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, a generous donation from Dr.Dash Foundation, and the generosity of its members and donors. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage 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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