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Prapancham Balachandran (Carnatic Flute )
M A Sundaresan (Violin)
Shertalai R Anantakrishnan (Mridangam)
D V Venkatasubramaniam (Ghatam)

Sunday, November 01, 8:00 PM CDT


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About the Artists

Prapancham Balachandran
(Carnatic Flute)

Sri.Prapancham S. Balachandran is an ‘A-Top’ graded Carnatic flautist who hails family of illustrious musicians. His mother, Thanjavur V.Prema, is a reputed Carnatic vocalist. He underwent initial training in Carnatic music and flute from Sangeetha Bhooshanam Pozhakudi Sri P.V. Ganesa Iyer and Kattuputhur Smt T.R. Nagarathinam Ammal.

He later underwent professional training in Flute under Sangeetha Kalanithi Padmasri Dr. N. Ramani for more than 35 years and has also performed alongside him in a number of concerts. Being one of the senior most disciples of Dr N.Ramani, he currently plays an active role in propagating the Carnatic Flute through teaching and lecture demonstrations.

As a Guru, Shri Prapancham Balachandran’s unique teaching methods have proved so effective that some of his students are now graded artists of All India Radio. Also a post graduate in Music, he has presented numerous research papers and lecture demonstrations. Sri.Prapancham S. Balachandran is a State level Gold Medallist adjudged by none other than the legendary Dr.Semmengudi Sri.R.Srinivasa Iyer.

He is also recipient of numerous awards and titles that include ‘Flute Mali Award’ by the Madras Music Academy, ‘Venugana Rathna’ by Sangeeta Mumurthigal Committee, ‘Mathura Murali Puraskar’ by Dr. Balamuralikrishna, Vipanchee and so on. He was conferred with the title ‘Pullankuhal Innisaivendu’ by Tamil Nadu Mangalavadya Isai Kalaigar Sangam, Chennai in the year 2001.

M A Sundaresan (Violin)

Parur M. A. Krishnaswamy is a violinist in the Carnatic tradition who hails from the legendary Parur family of violinists.
He is the son of violin vidwan Parur M. S. Anantharaman and the grandson of Parur Sundaram Iyer The Parur style of violin playing is known for it's distinctive one-finger and long-bow techniques. He underwent rigorous training under his grandfather in addition to imbibing technique from listening to his father and uncle, Parur M. S. Gopalakrishnan.

He had the unique opportunity to play his maiden performance with his grandfather Shri Parur A.Sundaram Iyer in 1965 at Shri Thyagaraja Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam, Mylapore, Chennai. He started giving violin duets with his father from 1972 and also started accompanying leading artists in the carnatic music field.

In his professional career of nearly five decades, he has accompanied the several stalwarts including Semmangudi Sreenivasa Iyer, D K Jayaram, R K Srikantan, T K Govinda Rao, Smt Brinda & Mukta, M L Vasanthakumari, and D K Pattammal.

Parur M. A. Krishnaswamy, his son Parur M.S. Ananthakrishnan and daughter Parur M.S.Ananthasree in AIR and Doordarshan as well as  many public performances both in India and abroad. He joined the AIR in 1985 as violin staff artiste. He has given many  special programmes such as south zone hookups, chain booking programs, national programs and sangeeth sammelan. He has been part of the 72 mela kartha tala yagnya conducted at AIR Pondicherry.  Since joining the AIR he got opportunities to accompany many stalwarts regularly at their special requests and thus has become one of the most sought after violinist. He is now a “TOP RANK” artiste in AIR.

In 1985 he visited USSR to participate in the 12th International Youth Festival.  Since then, he has made several concert tours to USA, UK, Malaysia, Australia, France, Germany, & Belgium

Shertalai R Ananthakrishnan (Mridangam)

Born in a musical family, Shertalai R Ananthakrishnan has been initiated into Carnatic Vocal Music by his mother Lalitha Ramachandran. He had his initial training in Mridangam at the age of 8 from Vidwan Late K R Bhaskara Kurup.  Later on receiving the Cultural Scholarship from Govt.of India for advanced studies, he underwent rigorous training from Vidwan Sri M Balasubramaniam & also from Vidwan late Sri Pudukode S Krishnan.

Shertalai.R. Ananthakrishnan is a top rank (Grade) Staff Artste of All India Radio, Chennai.  He has received numerous awards and felicitations such as First Prize Award and Scholarship in the Kerala Sangeeth Natak Academy Music Competition in 1988. "Best Mridangist" award from The Music Academy, Madras in the year 2005 & 2007.  Honoured by the Chembai Trust, Trivandrum in 2000 for his exemplary talent & skill.  Meritorious Award from Maharajapuram  Santhanam Trust, Chennai in the year 2009.  Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham 2009. Kalaimamani from Govt.of Tamilnadu for the year 2011.

Being one of the leading performing Vidwan of the present, he has carved a niche of himself He has accompanied all the leading vidwans of Karnatic Music, both yesteryear and the present. He has also performed Jugal bandhi concerts with Hindustani Musicians.  Apart from playing Mridangam, he is also adept in playing instruments like Ganjira, Ghatam,Tabla and in reciting Konnakkal.  Most recently, he had the good fortune to enact as the Mridangam Legend Shri. Palghat Mani Iyer in the biopic Drama “ManiOsai” in 2016, staged at The Music Academy, Chennai, which he considers as the greatest ever Life time Opportunity & Blessing.  He had presented two special Layavinyasam concert in 2013 & 2017, telecast live by SVBC - Official TV Channel of Tirupati Devasthanam.  He has been featured in the prestigious National Programme of Music of All India Radio in 2017 for a special Layavinyasam concert titled “Navamani Layam”.

D V Venkatasubramaniam (Ghatam)

Shri D V Venkatasubramaniam (DV) has learned Mridangam and Ghatam for the past 15 years from Grammy Award Winner, Padmashri, Shri. Vikku T.H. Vinayakaram. He is an A Grade Artist in All India Radio. DV gave hisfirst performance at the age of 18 where he accompanied Dr. Seerkazhi Sivachidmbaram son of the legendary vocalist Sri Seerkazhi Govindarajan.

Since then, DV has accompanied with many reputed artists such as Smt. Nithyasree Mahadevan, Smt Ranjani and Smt Gayathri, Sri. M.S. Gopalakrishnan, Smt. Sangeetha Krishnamoorthy, Sri Sriram Gangadhran. DV has performed in many sabha’s like Narada Gana Sabha, Krishna Gana Sabha, Nada Inbham, Tamizhisai Sangam, Mylapore Fine Arts, Karthick Fine Arts, Kapali Fine Arts, and many recognized sabha’s in Hyderabad, Pune, Bombay, Delhi & Kochi in India. He has also performed in “All India Radio”, “Doordarshan” and other Satellite Channels. 

He has performed under Guru Padmashri Sri. Vikku Vinayakram’s Sapthakshara Troop in Indonesia & Malaysia for Festival of India.  He has been part of percussion ensembles led by his guru Sri Vikku Vinayakaram ji, drummer Shri. Sivamani, and Shri.V. Selvaganesh. He is also fortunate to have performed with renowned music director A.R.Rehman for his recordings. DV holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce from Chennai and an MA in Rhythmology from Madras University.

He has been awarded 'Gadamamani' from Nemili Isai Mandram and 'Nadhachudar' Lions Club.


IMSOM's Fall 2020 Concert Series has been is made possible in part, by the UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, matching grants from Honeywell & US Bank, a generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, late Dr V Premanand & family, and the generosity of IMSOM’s members and donors. The activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a grant from Minnesota Regional Arts Council (MRAC), thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM Mpls/106.7 FM St. Paul).

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