Sandeep Narayan (Carnatic Vocal)
Rajeev Mukundan (Violin)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (Mridangam)

Sunday October 13 2019, 5:00 PM

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


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About the Artists

Sandeep Narayan
(Carnatic Vocal)

Sandeep Narayan is one of the most sought after vocalists of Carnatic music today. He started his initial training from his mother, Smt. Shubha Narayan, at the age of 4. At the age of 11, he took a break from school to undergo advanced training from one of the most revered musicologists, Calcutta Shri K.S. Krishnamurthy in Chennai. After K.S. Krishnamurthy passed away in 1999, Sandeep began learning from Shri Sanjay Subrahmanyan.

In 2006, Sandeep broke boundaries by being the first US born and raised musician to move to India to take up music as a full-time career, a trend that is now followed by many other young aspiring musicians.
Sandeep is proud to be this year’s recipient of the prestigious Sangeeth Natak Akademi Yuva Puraskar Award. He also received the Yuva Purandara Award from Indranagar Sangeeth Sabha, Bangalore in January 2019, the Best Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi  Award from The Music Academy Madras 2017, “Isai Arasar” title from Trinity Fine Arts 2017, “Shanmukha Sangeetha Shiromani” from Sri Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai in 2016, and the Best Concert & Vocalist Awards from The Music Academy Madras every year consecutively from December 2010 to December 2014. Sandeep holds an ‘A’ Grade with All India Radio, Chennai since 2010.

Having performed extensively all over the world including concert tours of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America, Sandeep hopes to continue serving as a cultural link between Carnatic music and audiences worldwide.

Rajeev Mukundan (Violin)

Rajeev was initiated into this art form at the tender age of four. He’s currently under the tutelage of the legendary Kalaimamani A.Kanyakumari  for almost a decade. He was awarded scholarship from the Government of India from 2001 to 2009. One of the youngest ‘A’ graded artiste of All India Radio (AIR). He is a receipient of several prestigious awards like  ‘Spirit of Youth Award’ given by ‘The Music Academy, Madras’ in the year 2008, “The Best Violinist Award” from ‘The Music Academy, Madras,’ in December 2011, etc.

Rajeev has given many violin duet concerts with his Guru A.Kanyakumari, and also has toured and accompanied leading artistes like Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.V.Sankaranarayanan , Dr. N.Ramani, Malladi Brothers, Vijay Siva, T.M.Krishna, Oscar nominee Bombay Jayasri, Dr Nithyashri Mahadevan & Ranjani Gayathri.

Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (Mridangam)

Hailing from a rich musical lineage, Sri Vaidyanathan emerged as a renowned mridanga vidwan and established himself a unique identity in the field of South Indian Carnatic classical music. As an amateur, he was under the
tutelage of his grandfather Tiruvarur Sri Kunju Iyer and his uncle Tiruvarur Sri Nagarajan. As a student with immense potential and great appetite for knowledge, he had the privilege of getting advanced training under legendary mridangam maestro Guru Kaaraikudi Mani. Across generations, he has embellished the concerts of many stalwarts and vidwans including Dr.M.Balamurali Krishna, Maharajapuram Santhanam, D.K.Pattamal, M.L.VasanthaKumari, T.N.Krishnan, Sudha Raghunathan and host of other musicians.

Tiruvaru Vaidyanathan has received many awards and accolades.  Among these are Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2017), Kalaimamani (Govt. of Tamilnadu 2015), Asthana Vidwan (Kanchipuram. 2009), Nadha Vallabha (2007).  Vaidyanathan is receptive to counterpart musical genres and performed in various Jugalbandhi concerts all across the world. He has shared the stage with Hindusthani greats like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty,
Pandit Sahit Parvesh, Rakesh Chaurasiya and Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya.

Vaidyanathan has been an inspiring guru in shaping up budding musicians and transfigures them into professional performers. He served at SIFAS, Singapore as a full time teaching faculty from 2000 to 2003. On his return to India in 2003, he set up the Tiruvarur Talavadya Vidyalaya in Chennai, India, where students are being trained intensively with acute commitment. He does not confine himself to teaching the art but goes above and beyond in inspiring and transfiguring them into concert performers. Apart from this, he has also been aiding the young musicians in India and abroad, by providing opportunities to perform in concerts that’s been hosted by the trust every year during December, to encourage them.

Quest for innovation and boundless creativity of Vaidyanathan brought about the inception of a symphonic ensemble which was baptized as “VIBRATIONS”. As an authoritative spearhead, he drives this spirited band which encompasses so many genres of music at a global level. He has made own composition in ragas like Savithri, Rasikapriya which are not commonly taken up for elaborate renderings.

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

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IMSOM's Fall 2019 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by voters of Minnesota through grants from The Minnesota State Arts Board and The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Support also comes from UHG "Dollars for Doers" Grant, matching grants from Honeywell and US Bank, generous donations from Dr Dash Foundation, late Dr V Premanand & Family, 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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