Online Concert Featuring

Allam Durgaprasad (Gottu Vadyam)
B V Raghavendra Rao (Violin)
S V Ramani (Mridangam)
Madipakkam Murali (Ghatam)

Sunday, February 14, 7:00 PM CDT


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About the Instrument

Gottu Vadyam

According to ancient classification of Indian stringed instruments, Gottu vadyam is also one type of veena. Though both of them have resemblance, Gottu vadyam (Chitra veena) is unfretted, where as Veena is fretted. Veena has got only 7 strings, where as Gottu vadyam has nine (9) main strings and twelve sympathetic strings. It is more difficult to gain mastery over this instrument, yet capable of bringing out finer nuances if played by expert hands.
A very few musicians are gifted to handle this rare instrument at ease. Shri Durgaprasad is one among them.  He is not only traditional but also very innovative. After many years of extensive research made several changes in the design of the instrument in order to improvise its tonal quality and versatility, from its original form for better resonance, and portability and named it as “ATHI CHITRA VEENA”, the only one of its kind and  handled by him alone.  The instrument, gives full scope for the artists to play with ease giving good sustenance play phrases with depth, melody and play glides (Jaaroo) effortlessly. So it is most suited for the artist.
“ATHI CHITRA VEENA” has got the depth of veena, felicity of Gottu vadyam, Sweetness of Mandolin, Majesticity of Guitar and Grace of Sitar and so is an embodiment of all these.

About the Artists

Allam Durgaprasad
(Gottu Vadyam)

Born in a family of rich musical tradition, Durgaprasad, right from his childhood showed signs of interest in music. His initial musical training was given by his father late Shri. Allam Koteswara Rao  a  renowned Gottu Vadyam exponent . Later, he was put under the tutelage of KALASIKHAMANI late Shri A.NARAYANA IYER.  He also got well trained in Carnatic Vocal music by the great SANDHYAVANDANAM SRINIVASARAO. He did his Teachers Training Course in Music. Further he did his M.A.Music (Vadya Praveena in Gottu Vadyam) at Sri Venkateswara University, Thirupati. All this enabled him to get recognition as an “Top Rank” artist by the ALL INDIA RADIO. 

As an excellent performer over the years, Durgaprasad is able to cater his listeners with pure orthodox Carnatic music, maintaining absolute tonal purity and rhythematic balance, taking them to dizzy heights.  He has performed at various prestigious Sabhas, organizations and Music festivals all over the country and abroad and won great appreciation and laurels from listeners and critics.  He has also performed during ‘Radio Sangeeth Sammelans’, ‘National Programmes of Doordarshan & All India Radio, and private Telivision channels.

Fusion music being a passion for Durgaprasad,  he has performed in several parts of India and all over the world, with outstanding Western Classical Artists. Notable among the performances are  “Reorient Festival” of Sweden, “Tampare Jazz Happening” & “Kerava Jazz Ry of Finland.

Not only in the field of classical music Durgaprasad has beautifully displayed his talent in film music as well. With the fine tonal  quality of his instrument he has allured and attracted music listeners.  Music directors and Stalwarts like IlayaRaja,A.R.Raheman,Deva,Harisjayaraj,Vidyasagar,Keeravani,Mani Sharma and many others have made full use of him  and lost no chance to pick him up and utilize his talents

Even at an early age he had the fortune of great Mridangam stalwarts such as Shri. Karaikudi R.Mani, Shri. Vellore Ramabadran, Shri.Yella Venkateswara Rao and others was accompanying during his concerts.  

 Durgaprasad has received the following Titles, Awards and prizes.

¬     ”Yuva Kala Bharathi” from Bharath Kalachar in 1998-1999.
¬     ”Nadakkanal” title in Bharathi Music festival 2002.
¬    “KALAIMAAMANI” the Tamil Nadu State Government Award for the Year 2006
¬    “Kanchi Kamakoti Peetha Aasthaana Vidwan” in the year 2006
¬    “Gandharva Vidhyadhara” from Iraippani Mandram Chennai 2013
¬    "Sangeetha Kala Vipanchee" from Vipanchee Chennai in the year 2016
¬    Maharajapuram Santhanam Award of Excellence from the Maharajapuram Santhanam Trust in the year 2018
¬    Gandharva Kala Rathna title from Gandharva Gana Sabha, Ambathur, Chennai in the year 2019
¬    Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award for Visesha Vadyam Conferred by Parthasarathy Swami Sabha instituted by Chennai Fine Arts in the year 2019

B V Raghavendra Rao (Violin)

Raghavendra Rao hails from a distinguished family of musicians. He was initiated into the niceties of music at an early age of seven by his father B.Sudarsana Rao.

Attracted by the lure of classical music from his childhood, he trained rigorously on the violin for several years and he is presently the disciple of the violin “Maestro” Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri.T.N.Krishnan.  Later he received invaluable guidance and concert experience from Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna one of the greatest musicians India has produced in this century.

As a young artiste he received the appreciation of the President of India for accompanying the celebrated musical genius, and climbed the ladder of success as an accomplished, and one of the most popular violinist in the Carnatic music genre today.

He has won several prizes and awards from various sabhas in Chennai and has participated in the prestigious Bharat Cultural Integration Committee's (B.C.I.C) music festivals organized all over India.

Raghavendra Rao has performed internationally in numerous music festivals of I.C.C.R., and the prestigious "Festival of India" programs.  He has widely travelled all over the world, including the U.S.A, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius and the Middle Eastern countries.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.

S V Ramani (Mridangam)

S.V.Ramani is a renowned Ghatam (clay pot percussion) and Mrudangam artist who gave his debut performance when he was only eight years old in his hometown Palakkad. He received his early training under his father Late Palakkad R.Seshamani(Retd. AIR Staff Artist) and world renowned Mrudangist Guruvayur Dorai.
Ramani has accompanied leading Carnatic musicians for the past three decades in India and has performed in USA, UK and many countries all over the world. He has collaborated with eminent Hindustani musicians and many contemparary musicians. He has also worked with Cine Music directors like Ilayaraja, Deva, Vidhyasagar..
Some of the notable performance events in India include:

  • Performance for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, President of India at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi with Padmashree Mandolin U.Shrinivas 
  • Performances at Indira Gandhi's residence in New Delhi for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister Sheila Dixit at her residence with Padmashree Aruna Sairam
  • Performance as team member in Tiranga with Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Padmashree Mandolin U.Srinivas and Javed Aktar
  • Recent performance in the Delhi Celebrates Festival with Padmashree Aruna Sairam organized in tandem with the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi
  • Accompanied Unique Jugalbandhis which include Mathrubhoomi - a unique offering that spanned multiple Indian languages and musical genres - Jugalbandhi
  • Padmashree Aruna Sairam and Shankar Mahadevan; Strains of Heaven - Jugalbandhi Padmashree Aruna Sairam and Padmashree Mandolin U.Srinivas;
  • Jugalbandi with Hariharan and Padmashree Mandolin U.Srinivas; Jugalbandhi with renowned Flautist Pt. Ronu Majumdar and Mandolin U.Rajesh
  • Invited to perform at the prestigious Edinborough Jazz and Blues festival with the Scottish jazz band AAB
  • Performed at the Indian Consulate in Dubai for India's 50th Indian Independance day with Padmasree Sudha Raghunathan

Honors and Awards Received:

  • Honoured as a Top Ranked AIR Artist in both Ghatam & Mrudangam and has participated in several AIR programmes, including National Programmes in Radio and
  • Television for DD Podhigai, Jaya TV, SVBC TTD and many other leading channels
  • SRI OPUL REDDY PERCUSSION AWARD - Awarded by the Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai
  • SRI KANCHI KAMAKOTI PEETAM ASTHANA VIDWAN - Awarded by Kanchi Mutt, Kanchipuram
  • BEST PERCUSSIONIST - Awarded by the Indian Fine Arts Sabha

Madipakkam Murali (Ghatam)

Madipakkam A.Muralii is an A graded Ghatam Artiste from All India Radio, Chennai.  He started learning Ghatam from eminent Mridangam artist. Kumbakonam Ari. M . Rajappaiyer and learned extensively for about 20 years and mastered all nuances of this art.

Madipakkam Murali has accompanied all the frontline Carnatic Musicians, notably Bombay Sisters, Veena Maestro Chittibabu, Kalanidhi Sudha Raghunathan, and Sri O S Arun.  He has performed all over the world including Europe, Australia, Japan, China, Mongolia, USA, and the Gulf countries.

Awards and Accolades
  • The Best Ghatam artiste award from Krishna Gana Sabha in the year 1998. 
  • Asthana Vidwan from Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham in the year 2007 and
  • Ghatam Vidya Shiromani & Asthana Vidwana Sringeri Sharada Peetha in 2009.
  • Laya Gana Shirmoni from Narada Gana Sabha in the year 2021

He has also presented number of compact disc along with leading musicians like Gayathri Venkataraghavan, O S Tyagarjaan and others.
He teaches Ghatam art at Mandipakkam and Naganallur.


IMSOM's Fall 2021 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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