Online Concert Featuring

Carnatic Violin by

A Kanyakumari

L Ramakrishnan (Violin)
Thanjavur K Murugaboopathi (Mridangam)
S V Ramani (Ghatam)

Sunday, October 10, 7:00 PM CDT


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A Kanyakumari (Sarod)
Kanyakumari is a native of Vijayanagaram, Andhra Pradesh and has been living in Chennai for more than 5 decades. She belongs to a family of musicians. Her parents Sri Avasarala Ramarathnam and Smt. Jayalakshmi encouraged her immensely to pursue music. She was fortunate to be a sishya (disciple) of 3 great legendary gurus, Ivaturi Vijeswara Rao, M. Chandrasekaran and M. L. Vasanthakumari.
Listening to her sparkling brighas and intricate sangatis while she had just started to tread her musical journey, the respected music critic Subbudu compared her music to the ever glittering diamond stud in the nose ring of the goddess Kanyakumari. Ever since she has received innumerable accolades and praise from audiences worldwide and discerning critics for her innovation, accompaniment and solo performances while at the same time strictly adhering to the Carnatic music tradition. Needless to say it is her dedication and sincere hardwork along with the able guidance of her gurus Ivaturi Vijeshwara Rao, M. Chandrasekharan and M. L. Vasanthakumari which have groomed her into a front ranking violinist. Her extensive experience spanning more than 5 decades combined with a sharp acumen and fine sense of creativity has earned her a distinct place. She has evolved her own style of melodious playing and silken bowing which closely resembles vocal music rhapsodising audiences all over.
She has dedicated her life to music and is grateful to the Almighty, gurus, parents, students, sabhas, critics and rasikas for their continued support. Recently she has composed 7 ragas bearing the names of the 7 hills of Thirumala.

L Ramakrishnan (Violin)
L. Ramakrishnan hails from a musical family and was formally initiated into a musical odyssey by his mother at the age of 2. He was trained in vocal music for 8 years before beginning his training Carnatic Violin under the able guidance of Smt. Visalam Vageeswar at the Shanmukhananda Vidyalaya, Mumbai. Ramakrishnan performed his first solo concert at the age of 12 at Shanmukhananda, Mumbai. He came under the wings of the distinguished violin maestro Kum.A.Kanyakumari at the age of 13. It was during this phase that he learned the importance of vocal orientation in instrument playing and the proper enunciation of Sahitya. Ramakrishnan has performed with Kanyakumari in her grand musical ensembles on numerous occasions. He has done additional training under Shri. T.K. Govinda Rao and Smt. T.R. Balamani.

Thanjavur K Murugaboopathi (Mridangam)

S V Ramani (Ghatam)
Initial training was by his father, Late Shri Pallipuram R Seshamani (retired AIR staff artiste). He underwent further training under the world renowned Mrudangist Kalaimamani Shri Guruvayur Dorai. His first public performance was at the age of 8 years. At a young age, he was fortunate to get opportunities to play for stalwarts like Dr.Balamurali krishna, Sri. T.N. Krishnan, Sri.Lalgudi Jayaraman, Sri.K.V.Narayanaswamy, Sri. D.K.Jayaraman, Sri. Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Sri. M.S.Gopalakrishnan, Sri.Chittibabu, Sri R.K.Shrikantan...He has also accompanied many concerts with Maestros like Sri. Palakkad Raghu, Sri.Umayalapuram Sivaraman, Sri. T.K.Moorthy, Sri. Vellore Ramabhadran, Sri. Guruvayur Dorai, Sri. Trichy Sankaran, Thavil exponent Sri. A.K.Pazhanivel and many accomplished vidwans
For the past three decades, he has continued to accompany several artistes and vidwans both in India and abroad like Sri. PS Narayanaswamy, Sri. N Ramani, Sri. TN Seshagopalan, Sri. TV Sankaranarayanan, Sri.M. Chandrasekaran, Sri. L. Subramaniam, Smt. Aruna Sairam, Sri. Mandolin U Srinivas, Smt. Veenai E.Gayathri, Sri. Kadri Gopalnath, Sri. Ganesh Kumaresh, Smt. Sudha Raghunathan, Sri. Neyveli Santhanagopalan...

IMSOM's Summer 2021 Concert Series has been is made possible in part, by the UHG United for Giving program, 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 State Arts Board, 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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