Online Concert Featuring

Vasudha Ravi (Carnatic Vocal)
Dr M Narmadha (Violin)
Delhi Sairam (Mridangam)
Guruprasad (Ghatam)

Sunday, July 11, 2021 7:00 PM CDT


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About the Artists

Vasudha Ravi
(Carnatic Vocal)

A prominent vocalist in the field of Carnatic Music, Vasudha Ravi has been a disciple of Dr (Mrs) Manjula Sriram for over two decades.  She also briefly learnt from Vidwan A Sundaresan.  Vasudha Ravi holds a dual Masers degree in Music and HR.  She is an A grade artiste in All India Radio.

Vasudha Ravi has performed at Musica Sacra International Music Festival,Makartoberdorf, Germany, Les Sacrees Journees International Music Festival,Strasbourg,France.Performed Carnatic Vocal with the Beverian Youth Jazz Band–Lades Jugend Jazz Orchestra of Germany.  Besides India, she has presented traditional Carmatic Music across the globe including countries like Dhaka, Singapore, Myanmar, Muscat, Germany, France, and Jordan.

As a composer, she has composed music for thematic dance presentations with Padmashri Malavika Sarukkai, Padmashri Alarmel Valli, and Priya Govind.  She has worked on musical productions with Maestro Ilayaraja, and Sri Rajkumar Bharati

Vasudha Ravi has recieved the following awards and prizes:

  • Shanmukha Sangeetha Shironmani” from Bombay Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha
  • Prof. Mahalingam Padmanabhan Endowment award instituted by Narada Gana Sabha
  • Dr.M.L.Vasanthakumari Award (instituted Dr.Sudha Raghunathan) from Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha
  • Best Performer” – Vocalfrom Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha
  • Sri Shanmukhananda Bharat Ratna Dr.M.S.Subbulakshmi Fellowship Award in Music from Bombay Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha for 3 years
  • D.K.Pattammal Award of Excellence(instituted by Dr.Nithyashree Mahadevan) from Karthik Fine Arts
  • RMKV Award of Excellence, from Rasika Fine Arts
  • Yuva Kala Bharathi” from Bharat Kalachar
  • Young Achiever’s Award” by Madras North-West Rotary

Dr M Narmadha (Violin)

Dr. M. Narmadha is an Indian violinist in the Carnatic and Hindustani traditions.

Narmadha is the daughter of violinist M S Gopalakrishnan.  She trained with her grandfather, Parur A. Sundaram Iyer, and later, her father. She achieved a doctoral degree from Delhi University as a U. G. C. fellow under sitar-player Prof. Debu Chowdhari and musicologist Dr. K. G. Ginde. Her doctoral thesis compares North and South Indian music styles.

Born into a family of Renowned, accomplished and popular musicians, Dr M Narmadha is the third genre of Parur-MSG tradition with formal training from her grandfather Shri Parur A Sundaram Iyer from the age of four, father Padmashri and PadmaBhushan Awardee M.S. Gopalakrishnan and mother Smt. Meenakshi Goplakrishnan with the rare privilege of learning both Carnatic and Hindustani systems simultaneously from her father in violin and from her mother Smt.Meenakshi Gopalakrishnan and Sangitha Kalanidhi Shri T.M.Tyagarajan in vocal and has since proved her mettle in both styles.

A career gold medalist, top grade artiste of All IndiaRadio, Narmadha won her Doctorate from Delhi University as a Senior U.G.C fellow for her unique thesis on Comparative study of Raagas of IndianMusic later published as a book titled. ‘IndianMusic and Sancara in Raagas’ under the guidance of Sitar maestro Prof. Debu Chaudhuri and vocalist Dr.K.G.Ginde

Narmadha had performed violin duets with her father (late) PadmaBhushan M.S.Gopalakrishnan for many years. Not only she is a most sought after violin soloist, she accompanies leading Carnatic vocalists and has 45 years of service to Indian Music with around 7000 concerts. She performs vocal concerts, having been vocally trained by her mother and Shri. T. M. Tyagarajan. She has toured all over the world including USA, UK, Holland, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, Spain, Malaysia, Hongkong etc. She was awarded the Best Violinist award by the Music Academy, Madras, eight times consecutively.

Narmadha the most sought after soloist in Violin in both Karnatak and Hindustani traditions of presentation, having performed more than 6000 concerts is a unique soloist, accompanist and has played violin duets with her father Shri M.S.Gopalakrishnan, She has also presented Jugalbandi concerts in Hindustani and Karnatak styles and has widely performed in India and abroad and also released CDs in both styles of Indian music.

Narmadha has won several awards for career excellence in performance and Lecture Demonstrations. In recognition of her contribution to Indian Classical Violin Music. She was conferred, Kalaimamani ‘by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu for excellence in violin, Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Shiromani by the Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Sabha, Mumbai, Yami Award for the Best Accomplished Violinist by Music Today Group, Mumbai and Shantidoot Award, from Mahamountirth Ashram Ujjain,Vadya Bharati from Bharatam, Trissur,Bhavans Award for Excellence in Violin from the Chief Justice of India Mr.Sadasivam, from Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Tantri Vadya Visharada, San Francisco.
(Biography sourced from Wikipedia)

Delhi Sairam (Mridangam)

Delhi Sri Sairam is a disciple of Mridangam Maestro Kalaimamani Dr. Thiruvarur Sri Bakthavatsalam. He is a post graduate First Rank holder in Rhythmology from the University of Madras.

He has also won several awards like the ‘Kalaimamani’ by the government of TamilNadu, ‘Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar’ from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, ‘Yuva Kala Bharathi’ from Bharat Kalachar, ‘Best senior mridangist’ award from The Music Academy, Chennai, ‘Laya Lavanya Trust Award’ from Padmabhushan Umayalapuram Sri Sivaraman to name a few.

His energetic yet sensitive style of accompanying vocalists and instrumentalist alike has won him critical acclaim all over India and abroad. During the past 20 yrs he has given nearly 2000 performances accompanying eminent senior artists and promising and upcoming musicians. He has accompanied veterans like Flute Ramani, T.V.Sankaranarayanan, Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, Ranjani Gayathri, Sudha Raghunathan and many senior artists.

He has toured the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Abu Dhabi with several artists and performed at prestigious international festivals and venues. He has had the good fortune of sharing stage alongside his guru on a few occasions, one such being the Guru Shishya Parampara series under the auspices of the Delhi international arts festival, India international Center. He has been part of various jugalbandhis and rhythmic ensemble concerts. He is a visiting faculty of the Kalaikovil Academy of Fine Arts in Toronto, Canada for the past 11 years. He has the credit of training several students for their arangetram (maiden performance) and further.

Madipakkam Murali (Ghatam)

Guruprasad is the son of ghatam vidwan Shri K. Nagaraja Rao and Smt Kallammal. He had his initial training under his father and later underwent gurukulam under ghatam maestro Shri T.H. Vikku Vinayakram.  Subsequently he received training from ghatam vidwan Shri V. Suresh, and mrudangam vidwan “Laya Chudaroli” Madurai Shri T. Srinivasan.

He regularly accompanies the senior most artists in the field of Carnatic Music, and is highly sought after in the film industry as well as for collaborations with world renowned artists of various genres.  Guruprasad has had the privilege of playing alongside stalwarts of percussion such as Shri Palghat Raghu, Shri T.K. Moorthy, Shri Vellore Ramabhadhran, Shri Umayalpuram K Sivaraman, Shri Karaikudi Mani, Shri Trichy Sankaran, Shri Haridwarmangalam A.K. Palanivel, Shri Kaliyamoorthy, and Shri Thanjavur Govindarajan, to name a few. 

He is honored to have performed in esteemed global venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Lincoln Center in New York City, the “Incredible India” festival at The Oval Cricket Ground in London, and along with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa. 

Guruprasad has been bestowed with numerous awards and titles, some of which include the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from Sangeet Natak Akademi -New Delhi, the title of “Aasthaana Vidwan” of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt -Kanchipuram, and the Kalki Krishnamurthy award in Chennai.  Guruprasad continues to perform around the world, and is now training many ghatam artists of the next generation.


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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