Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna (Carnatic Vocal)

H N Bhaskar (Violin)
Thanjavur Murugabhoopathi (Mridangam)
Shree Sundarkumar (Kanjira)

March 19 2017, 5:00 PM

Lorenz Auditorium, Fine Arts Building
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

Balamuralikrishna H N Bhaskar T
                              Murugabhoopathi Sundarkumar

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About the Artists

Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna

Born in the year 1985, Kunnakudi M. Balamurali Krishna (formerly Master M. Balamurali Krishna) has been one of the rising young vocalists. Music is in his blood. His father, Sri Meenakshi Sundaram, also his first guru, is a musician and an eminent teacher. He also had training under Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan and Sri V.Sundaresan. He is now under the tutelage of Padma Bhushan Sri P.S.Narayanaswami for the past 14 years. He has enthralled audiences all over India and countries like the USA, Australia, Singapore, Dubai, Bahrain and Sri Lanka.

Awards and accolades have followed Balamurali at the right intervals in order to create in him the urge to go further in his musical journey. Being called a child prodigy at a very tender age, Asthana Vidwan title from Sri Kanchi Mutt, Yuvakala Bharathi, Yuvakala Jyothi, Young Star of the year 2008, Gantasala award -2008 etc. are few of the names conferred upon the young Master. He is currently under the Sangeeth Nataka Academy’s Scholarship Scheme after receiving the ‘Advanced Training Scholarship’ from the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India.

Balamurali is an accomplished Mridangist. After training from Nagai Sri Bashyam, he is currently under Guru Kaaraikudi Mani. This rare feature helps him appreciate the intricacies of rhythm from a young age. His Music is totally personal and innovative yet, within the strict parameters of tradition. Balamurali’s music is of a different cadence, rarely found in musicians of his age. His Alapanas are galvanizing efforts, totally personal. His deep involvement in Kriti-rendering and natural flair for laya has made his music enjoyable. His style and content go hand in hand to make him an artiste yearning for the ineffable in Carnatic Music. He is currently pursuing Masters in Music after completing Post-Graduation in Commerce.

H N Bhaskar

H N Bhaskar  belongs to a family of musicians. He started learning violin from his father H. K. Narasimha Murthy, a well-known violinist and a teacher, and vocal music from his mother H.N. Rajalakshmi, from a very young age. Though he was not quite serious about it then, he was a regular winner at various music competitions.

He later moved to Chennai to study music at the University of Madras and came under the wings of violin maestro Padmashri Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri. M.S.Gopalakrishnan. His melodious style has helped him accompany leading vocalists in the field. Today, he is one of the most sought after violinists in the country who accompanies leading artistes of Carnatic music and gives violin solo recitals too.

H. N. Bhaskar received the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2011 recently for his contribution to the field.

Thanjavur K Murugabhoopathi

Thanjavur 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.

Shree Sundarkumar

Shree Sundarkumar is one of the leading Kanjira artists in the world of Rhythm music. Having entered the musical world at the age of three, he has been mesmerizing audience with his intricate rhythm beats and innate creativity, that he inherited from his musical family.

After the initial tutelage under his father, a renowned Mridangam player, Dr. K. B. S Mani, he underwent rigorous training under legendary Guru Karaikudi Sri R. Mani. It was under his guidance that Sundarkumar perfected the art of playing Mridangam, and then took to playing his most favorite percussion instrument, the Kanjira. His mastery and understanding of the subtle nuances of playing this instrument is unparalleled.

(Biography sourced from
About the Venue:
Normandale Community College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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 IMSOM ’ s Fall 2017 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by the Honeywell and UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, a generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, and the generosity of its members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM Mpls/106.7 FM St Paul). IMSOM, established in 1980, is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving Minneapolis - St. Paul and the greater Twin Cities Metro Area.

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