Online Concert Featuring

Sikkil Mala Chandrashekar (Carnatic Flute)
M R Gopinath (Violin)
Poongulam Subramanian (Mridangam)
Trichy K Murali (Ghatam)

Sunday, January 16, 7:00 PM CST


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Sikkil Mala Chandrashekar (Carnatic Flute)

Carnatic music flautist Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar was born into a musical family on 23 August 1963 and was initiated into music at the age of five. She started learning from her aunt and mother –Sikkil Sisters - Kunjumani and Neela. Her musical style is acclaimed as a seamless blend of aspects of her aunt’s classical grammar and mother’s evocative expression.

At the age of 15 she presented her maiden solo concert at ‘Sakthivel llam’, Mylapore (spiritual guru’s house Sri Mani Swamigal) in an unconventional manner with S.D. Sridhar on the violin and Srimushnam V. Raja Rao on the mridangam. The major inspiration and influences for Chandrasekhar have been flautist Azhiyur Narayanaswamy Iyer, mridangam virtuoso Azhiyur Natesa Iyer, and the repertoire of noted vocalist and teacher Radha Viswanathan, and M.S. Subbulakshmi, whose family Mala joined by marriage.

During her college years, she performed regularly in the concert circle as well as on radio. In her final year of college, Chandrasekhar had the opportunity to participate in the ‘Violin Venu Veena’ trio ensemble with Lalagudi Vijayalakshmi on the violin and her friend Padmavathi on the veena. This association grew and gave her the opportunity to enrich her learning.

She has received recognition for her talent in the form of several awards and titles like Shanmukha Sangeetha Shiromani in 2006 by Bombay Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, in 2001, Music Academy's MD Ramanathan Award for senior flautist, Kartik Fine Arts' Isai Peroli title and many others.

(Biography sourced from Sruti Magazine)

M R Gopinath (Violin)

M R Gopinath started learning from the age of 9 from Guru - Vishwantha Sharma. His maiden concert was at Salem Tyagaraja utsavam, played along with his guru. and memorable concert was accompanying Madurai Somu in Thiruchendur.

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Poongulam Subramanian (Mridangam)

Poongulam Subramaniam started his lessons at the age of 3. He was accompanying along side his father Poongulam R. Sabesa Iyer whose gurukula training was under Tiruvarur Kunju Iyer, an accomplished mridangam player. He took lessons from the great Mridamgam player Raja Rao. He has toured all over the world and is an "A" grade artist by All India Radio.

(Biography sourced from

Trichy K Murali (Ghatam)

Trichy K Murali hails from a musical family, his mother K Saradha and father V R Kannappa played a pivotal role in grooming his career. He is a Post Graduate in commerce and Materials Management. He had his early training from Mridangam Maestro Kalaimamani Trichy Thayumanavan from a young age. Initially he learnt Mridangam and then switched over to Ghatam. He is an 'A' TOP Grade Ghatam Artist from All India Radio. He has received prizes and awards from various Music Sabhas and Institutions in India and abroad, includes Maharajapuram Santhanam Foundation - Meritorious Excellence Award. He has participated Sangeet Natak Academy programme in New Delhi.

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IMSOM's Fall 2022 Concert Series has been is made possible, in part, by the UHG "United for Giving" program, matching grants from Honeywell, US Bank, and Wnnebago, generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, late Dr V Premanand & family, and the generosity of IMSOM's members and donors. The activity is also 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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Abhinav Sharma
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