Ramakrishnan Murthy (Carnatic Vocal)
Charumathi Raghuraman (Violin)
Manoj Siva (Mridangam)

Sunday April 29 2018, 5:00 PM

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

Carnatic Ensemble

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About the Artists


Ramakrishnan Murthy is one of the most popular young Carnatic musicians today. He started his early vocal Carnatic Music lessons in 1997 with Smt. Padma Kutty of
Irvine, CA, USA. Since 2001, for the past 13 years, he has been underdoing advanced training from vidwan Delhi Sri. P. Sunderrajan. He was fortunate to
learn briefly, at different times, from senior vidvans Late Vairamangalam Sri. Lakshminarayanan and Late Chengalpet Sri. Ranganathan. Ramakrishnan has also
learned several kritis from CR Vaidyanathan (student of Vidvan PS Narayanaswami) and Vaikom TV Jayachandran (student of Vidvan TM Thyagarajan). Currently, he
continues under Sri. Sunderrajan and also takes guidance from Vidvan RK Shriramkumar.

Some of his awards include:

- Yuva Kala Bharati from Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, 2014. (to be awarded in November)
- Kalki Krishnamurthy memorial award from Kalki Krishnamurthy trust, 2014
- Outsanding Vocalist from Music Academy for 3 years consecutively, 2011, 2012, 2013.
- Shanmukha Sangeetha Shironmani title from Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai 2013.
- Dr. ML Vasanthakumari Memorial award from Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Chennai (instituted by Sudha Raghunathan), 2013.
- Outstanding Musician of the year from Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, Stroudsburg, USA, 2013
- Chitra Narayanaswami endowment prize from Brahma Gana Sabha for most promising vocalist season 2012.
- Best Vocalist for season 2010, from Sri Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai, 2010.
- First Prize winner, All India Radio National Competition for Carnatic Vocal, 2009.
- Sangeetha Shri title from Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Trichy, 2009.
- Spirit of Youth prize from Music Academy, 2008.
- First Prize winner, All India Radio National Competition for Carnatic Devotional, 2007.
- Musiri Subramania Iyer endowment for best concert and Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer endowment for best alapana from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 2006.
- Special Bhavam Prize from Kalki Magazine, Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival, 2003.

Ramakrishnan, an A-grade artist at the All India Radio and Doordarshan, Chennai has performed widely in India, USA, Middle East, and Far East, and has had the
rare privelege of being accompanied in concerts by almost all of the stalwarts of the present day. He is a Computer Science graduate of the University of
California, Irvine.

Charumathi Raghuraman

Charumathi Raghuraman, is a young violin virtuoso in the Carnatic, South Indian music tradition. A precocious talent, she started learning first from her mother Smt. Rama Raghuraman, then continued formalized training with the respected Guru Smt. T.R. Balamani in Mumbai, and soon thereafter, at the suggestion of the iconic violinist of South India, Padma Bhushan Prof. T. N. Krishnan, Charumathi became his ardent disciple in 1995. She also studies Carnatic vocal music with the renowned teacher Padma Bhushan Sri. P. S. Narayanaswami.

She played her debut concert along side Prof. T. N. Krishnan in 1998 and since then has been performing regularly both as a soloist and accompanist. The salient features of her musicianship include the rare combination of a pure sound and erudite content. She not only excels in the instrumental technique of the violin but is equally adept in reproducing vocal nuances mellifluously.

She has been awarded the CCR&T, Govt. of India scholarship from the age of ten. She is the recipient of many awards; some of the notable ones include the ‘Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Award’ for the year 2016, ‘Ramabhadran Centenary Award’ for the Most Promising Young Musician of the Year 2013 from Tag Corporation, India; ’Young Achiever award’ from Rotary Club; ‘Best Violinist’ awards for the years 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006, and the ‘Outstanding Young Violinist’ award in 2007-08 from The Music Academy (Madras); and ‘Best Violinist’ awards from various institutions like Narada Gana Sabha, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Indian Fine Arts Society etc.

She is an ‘A grade' artist of the All India Radio and Doordarshan.

Charu has traveled widely across India and abroad to perform in prestigious music festivals and institutions over the last 15 years. In 2011, Charu was invited to participate in The Woodford Folk Festival, an annual music festival held in Brisbane, Australia. A year later, Charu was part of a cultural delegation organized by ICCR (New Delhi) to tour Brazil. She also participated in a collaborative concert with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, USA. In May 2016, Charu was invited to perform a solo concert at The Bhavan, London, as part of their Mandolin Shrinivas Memorial Concert Series. She has traveled widely for other performances in USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Singapore etc.

Academically, she holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Xavier Institute.

Manoj Siva

Manoj Siva began his training in Mridangam under Kumbakonam Shri.Rajappa Iyer and Srirangarajapuram Jayaraman in the year 1978 and later on came under the tutelage of Sangitha Kalanidhi Palghat R.Raghu in the year 1992. Is a “Top Rank Grade “grade artiste of All India Radio Chennai and has been in the profession for more than 20 years.

Known for his soft and accommodating style, he has accompanied stalwarts like D K Jayaraman, K V Narayanaswamy, D K Pattammal, T Muktha, R K Srikantan, P S Narayanaswamy, N Ramani (flute), R Vedavalli, T N Seshagopalan, T V Sankaranarayanan

Has won many prizes and awards notably Yuva Kala Bharathi by the Bharath Kalachar, Chennai, the “Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award” by the Central Sangeeth Natak Akademi for the year 2006, the Nathan memorial award by Sruthi Laya Kendra of Guru Karaikudi Mani for the year 2007, the Kanchi Kamakoti Aasthana vidwan by the Kanchi mutt for the year 2009 and the title of ‘Mrudangam Mani’ by the Kanchi Mutt in 2010.

Has traveled abroad widely on concert tours to countries U.S.A, Canada, London, Germany, Malaysia, Australia, Sri Lanka ,Dubai Netherlands and Belgium .Manoj has regaled audiences all over the world.

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

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 IMSOM's Fall 2018 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by the UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, matching grants from Honeywell and US Bank, 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).

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