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Anahita & Apoorva Ravindran (Carnatic Vocal)
accompanied by:
L Ramakrishnan (Violin)
Trivandrum V Balaji (Mridangam)

Vishnudev Namboodiri (Carnatic Vocal)
accompanied by:
L Ramakrishnan (Violin)
Trivandrum V Balaji (Mridangam)

April 30 2017, 5:00 PM

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

Carnatic Ensemble

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About the Artists

Anahita & Apoorva Ravindran

Anahita Ravindran gave her maiden concert at the age of 9 in Raga Sudha Hall, Chennai. She has won several First prizes as also Tanpura Prizes and was adjudged Miss Voice by Carnatica - judged by many eminent musical personalities. She was a finalist in RAJ TV’s Ragam Sangeetham, Jaya TV’s Carnatic Music IDOL and has given several programs in various TV and FM Channels.

She was awarded ‘Best Performer’ by Krishna Gana Sabha for 2 consecutive years, winning the Musiri Subramanya Iyer and Voletti Venkateswarulu Awards. She is the recipient of first prize in Padam singing conducted by The Music Academy. Having won the first prize in All India Radio she has been graded as a B Grade artist. Recently, Naad Bhed, a classical music show conducted by SPIC MACAY and Doordarshan, saw her bag a place among the top 3 in the country in Carnatic Music. Currently she is the lead Vocalist for Dr. Vyjayantimala Bali’s Dance programs.

Apoorva Ravindran gave her maiden concert when she was only 8. Also being awarded the first place in All India Radio and graded as a B grade artiste, she has won Tanpura prize from Mylapore Fine Arts and Super Singer award on Dikshitar Krithis conducted by Muthuswamy Dikshitar Trust. She participated in Tanishq Swarna Sangeetham by Raj TV and was adjudged the runner up after rigorous rounds of selection on various parameters.

Both of them are recipients of  Govt of India scholarship for Carnatic music. While Anahita is also proficient in Playing Chitravina, Apoorva is a Violinist.  Recently they were adjudged the first runner up for Times Thyagaraja Award and released an Audio CD ‘Nalaya Nakshatrangal’. Their CD, “Divine Equations”  was premiered at the the Chicago World Festival. They are featured faculty members of the International Foundation  for Carnatic music. They have participated in the Cleveland Aradhana and IFAASD Festival, San Diego and have been the lead singers in many operatic Dance dramas. Aside, they are involved in the production of Audio and Video CDs and publications by IFCM.Together and individually, they have been giving concerts in all the leading sabhas in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and other places in South India as also performances in AIR, Doordarshan, Jaya TV, Raj TV, Sankara TV, TTD Channel and various other TV and FM channels.

(Biography sourced from the artistes' website

Vishnudev Namboodiri

Vishnudev Namboothiri is a young Carnatic vocalist who has been giving several concert performances in various sabhas and temples in India and the US since his debut concert at Guruvayur Temple in the year 2002.  Vishnudev initially trained under Smt. Alli Harivishnu and Smt. Kavitha Shibu. He has also recieved advanced training from Sri.Chandramana Narayanan Namboothiri and Sri.Neyveli Santhanagopalan, and currently undergoes expert training with Sri. P.S.Narayanaswamy.

Vishnudev is an accomplished and talented artist with many accolades. He is an "A Grade" artist of All India Radio, Trichur, Jaya TV Carnatic Music Idol winner in 2012, 1st prize in All India Radio Music Competition for Carnatic Music - Vocal in 2003, 1st prize in the HCL Concert Series Music Academy 2012, attained Kanchi Kamakoti Asthana Vidwan in 2011, and much more. His music has traditional beauty and is very innovative at the same time.

L Ramakrishnan

L. Ramakrishnan hails from a musical family and was formally initiated into a musical odyssey by his mother at the age of 2. He was trained in vocal music for 8 years before beginning his training Carnatic Violin under the able guidance of Smt. Visalam Vageeswar at the Shanmukhananda Vidyalaya, Mumbai.

He performed his first solo concert at the age of 12 at Shanmukhananda, Mumbai. He came under the wings of the distinguished violin maestro Kum.A.Kanyakumari at the age of 13. It was during this phase that he learned the importance of vocal orientation in instrument playing and the proper enunciation of Sahitya.

Ramakrishnan has won several scholarships and awards.  He is a recipient of scholarship from Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeeta Sabha for seven years.  In the year 2000, he won the First Prize at a National level contest organized by All India Radio.  Among other awards he has won include Pandit Paluskar award (Sharada Sangeetha Vidyalaya, Mumbai), ‘Best Violinist’ (Krishna Gana Sabha, 2005) Best Violinist Sub-senior slot (The Music Academy 2006), Best Violinist Sub-senior slot (Parthasarathy Swami Gana Sabha 2016).  He has also been awarded the 'Nadabhooshanam' award by Nadopasana in 2004.

He has performed with Kanyakumari in her grand musical ensembles on numerous occasions. He has done additional training under Shri. T.K. Govinda Rao and Smt. T.R. Balamani.  He has accompanied several senior artists such as Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri. T.V. Gopalakrishnan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri. T.V. Sankaranarayanan, Bombay Sisters Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. Saroja and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. Lalitha, Sri. T.M. Krishna, Smt. Bombay Jaishree, Smt. Ranjani and Smt. Gayatri among many others. Performed with several leading upcoming artists such as Sri. Abhishek Raghuram, Ramakrishnan Murthy, Kunnakudi Sri. Balamuralikrishna, Trichur Brothers, Sandeep Narayan to name a few.  He has been featured in various television channels like Sun TV, Jaya TV(including their Magazhi Mahotsavam), Vijay TV, Sankara TV, Zee Tamil, and Pudhiya Thalaimurai.

Trivandrum V Balaji

Born in the year 1974, to Mr. R. Veeraraghavan and Mrs. Janaki, Trivandrum.V.Balaji  hails from a musical family. His great grand fathers being Kodivayal Venkatrama Iyer known for his Harikatha and Konnakoll. S.V.Iyer.  Trivandrm.V.Balaji  has established himself as one of the most sought-after Mridangists of our times with a high reputation.  Balaji, had his initial training under late Sri B. Doraiswamy of Trivandrum, Sri K.Krishna Iyengar of Trivandrum, Trivandrum Sri R. Vaidyanathan and later had his tutelage under the legendary Vidwan Padmasri  Sangeetha Kalanidhi  Palghat.R.Raghu.

He has the privilege of accompanying various leading stars in the Carnatic Music like, Sangeetha Kalanidhi  Dr.N.Ramani, Sri T.V.Sakaranarayanan, Sri.O.S.Thyagarajan and others. He is presently an ‘A’ Grade artist in The All India Radio, Chennai.  Apart from accompanying Carnatic artists, he is also a much sought-after Mridangist in the Cinema Industry and has worked with famous music directors like Mr. Vidyasagar, Mr. Deva,  Mr. Haris Jayaraj and others. 

Best Mridangist award is something fond of Balaji. He has received awards from various prestigious Organizations including, The Sangeet Natak Academy Yuva Puuraskar(BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA PURASKAR)for the year 2009  This year The Kanchi Kamakoti matam has conferred THE ASTHANA VIDWAN TITLE on Balaji. The All India Radio (1995),The Madras Music Academy best mridngist(2004,2009,2010) The Chembai Young Musician award (2004), Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer trust award (2007), to name a few. He won the NTSC scholarship organized by The Government of India in the year 1995.

Trivandrum.V.Balaji  commands high respect for his dexterity in technique and his uncanny command over the instrument and the underlying intricacies of Rhythm (Laya), which have won him high praise and laurels. His Mridangam artistry is embellished by the virtues that stem from temperament, poise and fine musical awareness. He has a distinct style of his own.  Balaji’s solo renderings and accompaniment bear the stamp of his master’s dignified technique, very keenly appreciated by enlightened audience, both home and abroad.

During Fall 2003, Fall 2005 and Spring 2008 Spring 2009, on his concert tour to the US, UK and Australia, his fluent expressions coupled with the mastery over the Mridangam enabled him to project to the Western world the perfect magical, divine value addition the instrument does to Music and hence the richness it creates. Had a unique opportunity to visit Jordan festival on 2009 as part of ICCR ,GOVT OF INDIA. He strongly believes that ‘Learning never stops’ nor is it bound by barriers such as age, geographies or cultures. It is this belief and true dedication that he has towards Music that keeps him self-motivated to explore and master areas of Carnatic Music through its depth and vastness mainly in the Laya (Rhythm) section through dedicated research and sheer hard-work. He has gained immense experience imparting training to interested young learners. At present, Balaji is training lot of keen students in India, as well as in USA and Australia.

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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