Heartbeat - Carnatic Rhythm Ensemble

Sunday October 20 2019, 5:00 PM

Nath Auditorium
Hindu Temple of Minnesota, Maplegrove, MN

Dr 'Ghatam'  Karthick (Ghatam, Konnakol, & Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri (Violin)
Vinod Krishnan (Vocal & Keyboard)
Trivandrum V Balaji (Mridangam)
Sarvesh Karthick (Dovilangam, Handsonic, & Multi Percussion)


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About the Ensemble
Heartbeat - Carnatic Rhythm Ensemble
  is a Perfect Blend of Melody and Rhythm, presents the traditional classical art form in the highest level of improvisation, with all its splendor and diversity. Heartbeat is ‘Contemporary and Traditional’ by the blend and the effect is magical. Heartbeat Ensemble features the original compositions and rhythmic pieces of Ghatam Karthick, which have been highly commended and endorsed by learned scholars and legendary maestros. The Heartbeat Ensemble has given many performances all over India and also toured to USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Bahrain and Sri Lanka. The audiences across the globe respond enthusiastically to the ensembles’ entertaining presentations.  Heartbeat Ensemble has released six albums which have been highly commended by press and public.

About the Artists

Dr 'Ghatam' Karthick
(Ghatam, Konnakol, & Vocal)

an iconic star Ghatam artiste, has performed with almost all top ranked Classical artists, all over the world. Karthick is a student of Ghatam Maestros Sri.T.H.Vikku Vinayakram and Sri. T.H.Subash Chandran. Karthick has extensively performed with Indian film Industry and collaborated with many International Artistes.  Karthick has PhD in Sanskrit and Masters in Music. Karthick leads the Heartbeat Ensemble and is a prolific composer of many Tillanas, Kritis, Varnams and Fusion Pieces.  Karthick is always known for intelligent innovations and creative ventures. All these facets have earned him a very special endearing status in the hearts, minds and thoughts of many musical enthusiasts, admirers and scholars all over the World.

Kamalakiran Vinjamuri (Violin)

Kamalakiran Vinjamuri is a classically trained Violinist, having had his initial lessons from his grandfather Sri.Parthsarathy Iyengar and Smt.Malladi Vijayalakshmi. His father Sri.Subash Vinjamuri taught and moulded him further and put him under Kum.A.Kanyakumari for advance training. He has won innumerable prizes from various instituitions both in India and US, including the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, Madras Music Academy, Parthasarathy Swami Sabha and many others. Kamalakiran has been performing with almost all top notch artistes as a preferred accompanist as well as a duet with his Guru.  Kamalakiran has also performed many Violin Solo Concerts all over India, USA and Europe.

Vinod Krishnan (Vocal & Keyboard)

Vinod Krishnan is a classically trained singer, composer, music producer and educator. Vinod Krishnan has learnt from Guru Neyveli Sri. Santhanagopalan and advance lessons from the Legend Madurai Sri.T.N.Seshagopalan, and now currently learns from Madurai Sri. Sundar. He was the proud recipient of the prestigious CCRT scholarship awarded by the Indian government for 8 consecutive years. Vinod Krishnan is a unique blend of being trained in traditional Carnatic Vocal music as well as Western classical Piano, which helps him to explore music beyond its boundaries and find new soundscapes. As a Creative Director at IndianRaga, his collaborations are widely popular and have taken Indian Classical Music Further and bringing the World Music Together. Vinod's work has been featured among notable Indian and international newspapers, websites, magazines and radio stations. .Vinod had the honour of performing at the United Nations Headquarters to inaugurate the 5th International Day of Yoga.

Trivandrum V Balaji (Mridangam)

Trivandrum V Balaji inherits the art of music and rhythm as a family tradition from his Great Grandfather Kodiyayal Venkatrama Iyer known for his Harikatha and Konnakkol.  Balaji is the proud torch bearer of the great doyen Palghat Sri.Raghu’s majestic style of performing on the Mridhangam, having had his basics from B.Doraiswamy, Sri.K.Krishna Iyengar and training from Vidwan Trivandrum Sri. Vaidhyanathan.  Balaji has accompanied many stalwarts and reputed Carnatic musicians. Balaji is an A Graded Artiste from the All India Radio. He has received several accolades and prizes from the premier institutions like the All India Radio, Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and many others. Balaji is also a proud recipient of Ustad Bismillah Khan Award, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Award and many others. Balaji has also trained many students all over the world through online sessions.

N Sarvesh Karthick Rajaram (Dovilangam, Handsonic, & Multipercussion)

Sarvesh Karthick is an aspiring artiste on Multi-Percussion, with his intensive traditional training on the Mridhangam from Guru Sri. T. H. Subash Chandran.  Blessed with a sharp mind, Sarvesh has the exceptional creative ability to adapt to different genres and be adept in musical performing styles, which makes him a unique artiste. Sarvesh is pursuing B.Sc. Visual Effects in ICAT college of Design and Media, Chennai. He is the proud recipient of the prestigious “Yuva Kala Bharathi” Award from Bharat Kalachar.  Sarvesh has a flair for techno gadgets and a passion for Audio Engineering. Sarvesh is a budding composer with a passion for languages Tamil & Sanskrit. He inherits the legacy of his father Ghatam Karthick.

About the Venue:
Hindu Temple of Minnesota is located at : 10530 Troy Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55311

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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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