Lalgudi Meets VVS - Carnatic Violin Viola Duet
Vittal Ramamurthy (Violin)
VVS Murari (Viola)
Srimushanam Raja Rao (Mridangam)
K V Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)

Sunday September 16 2018, 5:00 PM

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


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About the Artists

Vittal Ramamurthy

Vittal Ramamurthy is a leading and popular Carnatic Violinist who is an outstanding soloist and an excellent accompanist.  He is Grade 'A' artiste of All India Radio and has performed extensively in
National Radio and Television in addition to live concerts.

His musical journey started with learning Carnatic Music from his mother Krishnaveni who is main guiding force in all walks of his life.  He was introduced to violin by his grandfather, Sangeeta Bhushanam (Late) B V Subbarao. He underwent initial training in violin with Hosalli Venkataram, continued with Sangeeta Choodamani T Rukmini, and then under the legendary violin maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman.

His authentic rendering of Carnatic Music is rich with creativity and innovative improvisation.  His accompanying style blends well with main artiste and complement the main performer in the best traditions of Lalgudi style.

He has performed over 1500+ concerts as a soloist and accompanist in over 25 countries.  He has participated in World Music Festival at 'Theater de Vile' Paris and music festivals in Singapore & Dubai. 

He has been blessed with rare opportunity to accompany his guru Lalgudi Jayaraman in his vocal concerts.  Apart from his guru he has accompanied established and young vocalists.  The list includes D K Jayaraman, M Balamurali Krishna, Yesudas, R K Srikantan, Nedanuri Krishnamurthy, T K Govindarao.

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VVS Murari

V.V.S.Murari, a renowned violinist, viola artiste, composer, and educator, is a 4th generation musician of his family. His penchant for classical music was evident from his age of 2. He started learning from his grandfather Vadakkencheri Veeraraghava Bhagavathar and later trained under his illustrious father Maestro V.V.Subrahmanyam. He also trained under the doyen, Padma Vibushan Dr. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.

He has shared the stage with veteran musicians and percussionists from a very young age. Murari has worked with world class musicians & composers in many projects and has participated in many national & international festivals. He is the Founder & Director of VVS Foundation.

Srimushanam Raja Rao

Srimushanam Raja Rao has an illustrious musical lineage and belongs to a family dedicated to music for four generations. He had his initial training from his father Sri Venkataramana Rao and continued under the tutelage of Kumbakonam Sri Rajappa Iyer. Starting from the age of 7, he has for more than 45 years, captured the hearts of music lovers all over with his versatile and masterly performance on the mridangam. His artistry and consistent technical perfection has made him a leading mridangam artist of the carnatic music stage. He is a great exponent of the morsing and kanjira also. Raja Rao is a top ranking artist of the All India Radio and has accompanied all the top musicians in concerts all over the world. A recipient of numerous awards, he is also a composer and has composed kritis and thillanas in Telugu and Kannada languages. Raja Rao has trained many students in mridangam and vocal music in India and abroad, keeping his rich heritage alive for future generations.

K V Gopalakrishnan

K V Gopalakrishnan started learning Mridangam from his father KVRS Mani who was a Kanjira player.  Although he started with Mridangam, K V Gopalakrishnan gravitated towards Kanjira in which he also had his initial training from his father.  His first public performance on the kanjira was at “Murugashramam” in West Mambalam accompanying Kunnakudy Balamuralikrishna. He started playing Kanjira in concert circuit regularly since 2002.  In the that year he accompanied Sanjay Subramaniam and Mysore Manjunath's solo violin concert. He received the Yuva Kalabharathi award in 2007.  He has also played Kanjira for films for composers Ilayaraja and Vidyasagar.

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 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, the UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, matching grants from Honeywell and US Bank, a generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, and the generosity of IMSOM’s members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM/106.7 FM).

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