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Smt. Gayathri Venkataraghavan began her
training in carnatic music at a young age
under the tutelage of Smt.Rajalakshmi. She
then learned from Smt. Padma
Veeraraghavan, a disciple of Palaghat
Sri.K.V.Narayanaswamy. She was also
trained in various kritis by Smt.Rukmini
Ramani, Sri.V.Subramaniam and Smt.Lakshmi
Natarajan. Her advanced training was under
Acharya Choodamani, the Late
Sri.A.Sundaresan. He was an outstanding
musician and a dedicated guru. He was a
disciple of Sri.C.V.Krishnamurthy Iyer,
Sri.Ramnad Krishnan and Alathur
Sri.Sivasubramanya Iyer. She is presently
under the guidance of Sri.
P.S.Narayanaswamy, the torch bearer of the
Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer tradition.
At a young age, as Gayathri Ramani, she
won a number of prizes in inter-school and
Inter-collegiate competitions as well as
at competitions held by Music Academy and
other sabhas including Indian Fine Arts
Society, Mylapore Fine Arts and Saraswathi
Gayathri Venkataraghavan is an ‘A TOP’
grade accredited artiste of All India
Radio. She won the All India Radio
National level competition in 1993. Her
regular performances for the AIR include a
prestigious National Broadcast in 2006.
She has sung various themes for AIR’s
archival purposes as well. She has
and regional telecasts, and for various
other television channels.
Gayathri had the honour of anchoring a
Doordarshan documentary, Engum Nirai Nada
Bhrahmam, a tribute to Smt.
M.S.Subbulakshmi; the immortal icon of
carnatic music. The concert prizes that
she has won by the Grace of Almighty at
the Music Academy conference, include the
2001 D.K.Pattammal award for Lady
vocalist, the 2002 T.T.Rangaswamy award,
the 2003 and 2004 H.Natarajan Prize, the
2006 Pappu Kamakshi Award and the award
for Swara singing during the 2007 season.
She is also the recipient of many other
prestigious awards including the Kalki
Krishnamoorthy award, the Nada Oli title
by Nada Inbam, the CMANA award instituted
by The Carnatic Music Association of North
America, the Dr.MLV Endowment by Narada
Gana Sabha, the Bharath Ratna
M.S.Subhulakshmi award given by Artists
Federation, Chennai, the Shanmuka Sangita
Shironmani title by Sri Shanmukhananda
Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai and
the Isai Peroli title by The Karthik Fine
She has been performing regularly at
various centres in India as well as venues
in USA, Cananda, Australia, New Zealand,
Singapore and Muscat.
Mysore Srikanth, a disciple of Vidwan H.K. Narasimhamurthy
of Mysore, follows the 'Parur style' of fingering.
He started learning Violin at a very young age and
has undergone rigorous training for more than
Srikanth has been giving performances since he
was fifteen years old. He has gained rich
experience by accompanying top Artists like
R.K.Srikantan, Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna, T.N.Seshagopalan,
T.V.Sankaranarayanan, O.S.Thiagarajan, Trichur
Ramachandran, Hyderabad Brothers, Yesudas,
K.S.Gopalakrishnan, Rudrapatnam Brothers, Gayathri
Venkataraghavan, Bombay Sisters, Sudha Raghunathan
& others and received their blessings and
He has performed with great Mridangam stalwarts
like Palghat Sri Raghu, T.K.Murthy, Guru
Karaikkudi Mani, Guruvayur Dorai, Vellore
Ramabhadran, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Tiruvarur
Bhaktavatsalam, SrimushnamRajarao and many others.
Srikanth has been featured in several prestigious
Music Sabhas & Organizations throughout the
Srikanth, graded artist of AIR & Doordarshan,
performs regularly for All India Radio,
Doordarshan and other T.V. Channels. He has also
performed for National Program of Music of
Doordarshan. & All India Radio.He has recorded
many commercial CDs & cassettes with many
great artists.He has won a
number of prizes, accolades and appreciation from
rasikas and critics. He is a recipient of Cultural
Talent Search Scholarship of Government of India
and has achieved Distinction in the Senior Grade
He was adjudged as the Best Violinist by:
Krishna Gana Sabha - 1995
The Indian Fine Arts Society (Sub- Senior
category) -- Dec 2000 Music Season
Karnataka Gana Kala Parishath – Young
Musicians’ Conference – 2001
The Music Academy (Madras) - Dec 2002 Music
The Indian Fine Arts Society –Dec 2007 –Best
The Indian Fine Arts Society –Dec 2008 –Best
Srikanth has been conferred with the title "Kala
Praveen" in Feb 2002 at Bangalore. He has been
honored with the prestigious Award for talented
young Musicians----"Ananya Yuva Puraskar" for 2004
by the organization "Ananya" of Bangalore.
Srikanth is now regularly performing with many
great artists & undergoing intensive training
in the intricacies of Violin playing and looking
forward for Great achievement in the field of
Music. Srikanth has traveled abroad widely to U.
S. A., Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore,
Qatar, U.K., Canada and many European countries.
(Bio sourced from Wikipedia)
Sri B. Ganapathyraman,
a well-known name in the carnatic music
circles, hails from a prestigious lineage of
musicians. He inherits his music from his
father Sedhalapathi Sri R. Balasubramanian,
fondly adored as “Balu Mama” among the
musicians and connoisseurs of music.
A child prodigy in
laya, he took to mridangam play when he was
barely 7 years old. Seeing his natural
inclination to laya even when he was 3 years
old, veteran mridangist Srimushnam Sri. V.
Raja Rao initiated him into Mridangam play and
blessed him by gifting a Mridangam. He
had the fortune of learning under Nagai Sri
Soundararajan. Later he was put under the able
tutelage of ”Laya Vadhya Kovida”, “Laya
Pithamaha” Kumbakonam Sri. Rajappa Iyer and
Srirangarajapuram Sri Jayaraman.
Listing the great
stalwarts, he has accompanied speaks volumes
about his calibre and this list goes as
follows : Sri. T. M. Thiyagarajan, Sri. D. K.
Jayaraman, Madurai Sri Somasundaram, Palaghat
Sri K. V. Narayanaswamy, Dr. M.
Balamuralikrishna, Sri. T. K. Govinda Rao,
Lalgudi Sri G. Jayaraman, Sri P. S.
Narayanasamy, Chengalpattu Sri. Ranganathan,
Anayampatti Sri Ganesan, Sri M. S.
Gopalakrishnan, Sri. M. Chandrasekaran, Sri.
T. V. Sankara Narayanan, Madurai Sri T. N.
Seshagopalan Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan
Unnikrishnan Sanjay Subramanian. He has
also accompanied senior musicians like Smt.
R.Vedavalli, Bombay Sisters, Smt. Parasala
Ponnamma, Smt. Suguna Purushottaman
Smt.Arunasairam Smt Sudha Raghunathan Smt
Bomby Jaysree and many other artists of
Today, he is one of
the most sought after Mridangist among the
present generation of musicians. A
versatile artist, he had a firm grounding in
playing for namasankeerthanam, wherein he has
accompanied doyens like Mayavaram Sri.
Krisnamurthy Bhagavathar, Srivanchiyam Sri
Ramachandra Bhagavathar, Pudkkottai Sri
Sanjeevi Bhagavathar with great Mridangam
Maestro Mozhaiyur Sri Ramamurthy Iyer, when he
was 7 years old.
He has also
accompanied senior Harikatha exponent Smt.
Kamala Murthy and many others. He had the
privilege of accompanying Thiruppugazh Mamani
Raghavan for his Thiruppugazh bhajan for many
Awards and Titles :
Asthana Vidwan of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam,
Best Mridangam Artist Award from Sri Krishna
Gana Sabha, Music Academy, Indian Fine Arts,
Mylapore Fine Arts, Kalki Award from Kalki,
”Yuva Kala Bharathi” Award from Bharat
Kalachar, ”Nadha Oli” from Raga Sudha.
Tirupugazh laya semmani from siruvapuri
murugan kuzhu .
He has traveled around
the globe many times accompanying many artists
Sunil Kumar (Kanjira)
Sunil Kumar is a multi-talented percussionist who
had his initial training from his father thavil
vidwan Triplicane K. Sekar. He has been a
senior student of Kanjira Maestro V. Selvaganesh
and has been learning Konnakol from Ghatam maestro
T.H. Vikku Vinyakaram. A Mechanical engineer
by profession, Sunil Kumar is an ‘A’ Grade artist
in All India Radio, Chennai.
He has been accompanied with many stalwarts
like Sri A.K.C. Natrajan, Prof T.N Krishnan
, Sri Dr T.V Gopalakrishnan, Sri T.H. Vikku
Vinayakaram, Sri Guruvayur Dorai and senior
Artists like Padmashri Kum A. Kanyakumari, Sri
Sanjay Subramaniam, Vidushi Smt Bombay Jayashri,
and Vidushi Smt Sudha Ragunathan.
Sunil has won the 1st prize in many National level
cultural competitions and in solo performances
organized by Anna University and other colleges.
He regularly supports leading artists in Sabhas
like Krishna Gana Sabha, the Madras Music Academy,
Brahma Gana Sabha etc. He has also given several
performances in India & other countries around
the world. He has besides played on many Albums,
CD’s and TV programs with several leading artists.
Some of his notable awards are:
Harihara Sharma Percussion Award given by Sri
Krishna Gana Sabha during 2011
Kanchi kamakoti peetam Asthana Vidhwan on 2013
Kala Bharathi’ given by Bharath Kalachar on
Dr M.S Subhalakshmi fellowship in the year
2015 given by Mumbai Shanmukhananda Sabha.
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).