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Gayathri Girish (Carnatic Vocal)
B Ananthakrishnan (Violin)
R Shankaranarayanan (Mridangam)
N Guruprasad (Ghatam)

Sunday, Februry 20, 7:00 PM CST


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Gayathri Girish (Carnatic Vocal)

Gayathri Girish is amongst the leading Carnatic vocalists of today . An exemplary degree of dedication coupled with an intrinsic leaning towards Carnatic Music, has propelled vocalist Gayathri to the forefront of the classical music domain. Initially trained by Sri Vaigal Gnanaskandan of the Semmangudi school, Gayathri has imbibed some of her boundless Manodharma from the training under veteran Padma Bhushan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Madurai Sri TN Seshagopalan. She has also been fortunate to have learnt the violin for a few years from the legendary Lalgudi Sri G Jayaraman and Smt T Rukmini. Ever since making her debut in 1986, Gayathri has received accolades in substantial measure from both the lay listeners and erudite critics. Her repertoire is particularly impressive, with songs ranging from Tamil Tevaram hymns and Divya Prabhandams to Purandaradasar Devarnamas.Oothukkadu Venkatakavi Kritis, Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyar songs, compositions of Muthiah Bhagavathar, Papanasam Sivan and Ambujam Krishna all find a place in her song lists.  A gold medalist at college, Gayathri has a post graduate degree in Computer Applications.

An A-Grade panel artiste of AIR Chennai, Gayathri has given quite a number of interesting and non-routine concerts such as Jugalbandis with Hindustani musicians, vocal performances with Thavil accompaniment, one Raga – one Kriti concerts (that call for highest levels of Manodharma) and numerous thematic concerts on topics like Shanmatam and Nava Vidha Bhakthi. She has also given several lecture demonstrations on topics such as “Complex Pallavis”, “Music and Mathematics” and “Structural Variations in Compositions since the Trinity”. She has given performances extensively both in India and abroad. Some of her concerts outside India encompass recitals at Cleveland, Singapore, Russia, Colombo, Muscat and London. She has also appeared in TV shows and has recently undertaken an archival project of Divya Prabandams by Doordarshan.

Kalaimamani (2009) Govt. of Tamilnadu
Isai Peroli Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai
Gaana Rathna Department of Cultural Affairs,Colombo
Yuva Kala Bharati Bharat Kalachar, Chennai
Kalai Nirai Mamani Tamil Nadu Government Music College
Dr. MLV Award CMANA(USA) and Narada Gana Sabha,Chennai
Kalai Peroli Lions Club
Sahityapriya Jan Kalyan
Youth Excellence Award Rotary Club of Nanganallur
Dr.S.Ramanathan Memorial Award Music Academy, Chennai
Pappu Kamakshiamma Memorial Award Music Academy, Chennai
K.R.Sundaram Iyer Memorial Award for Best Concert Music Academy, Chennai
Price Award of Excellence Shakespeare Millennium Club, Chennai
K.V.Mahadevan Award of Excellence Shree Bharatalaya
Dr.M.L.Vasantakumari Award Sriragam Fine Arts, Chennai.

(Biography sourced from

B Ananthakrishnan (Violin)

B. Ananthakrishnan hails from a reputed musician family. He is the grandson of renowned Violin Vidwan, Late V.K. Venkata Ramanujam Iyengar (Professor – Performing Arts, Banaras Hindu University), and son of equally reputed violinist Dr V. Balaji, Head of the Department, Faculty of Performing Arts, Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi). Ananthakrishnan continues his training today under the guidance of the well-known Violin Vidwan Sri S. Varadarajan.

He has had the honor of accompanying many legends of Carnatic music and continues to share the stage with all senior artists today. Ananthakrishnan has received great appreciation from reputed critics in major newspapers and magazine publications across India and abroad.

He has performed alongside his grandfather the late Vidwan V.K. Venkata Ramanujam at the young age of seven in Delhi Doordarshan, 1993. He has performed in every major sabha all over India, including The Music Academy Madras, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Bharat Kalachar, and Shanmukhananda Sabha (Mumbai), just to name a few. He has done concert tours in several countries around the world including Germany, Belgium, USA, Singapore, Dubai, Doha, South Africa, and Australia. He is a “B-High” grade artist from All India Radio, Chennai.

Ananthakrishnan has won many Awards and accolades such as:

The title “Mazhalai Medaai” in a national competition conducted by the famous Tamil weekly magazine, “Anandha Vikatan” and a gold medal and citation of Rs.15,000, at the age of seven.
Villisai Virpanar Award – Kumbakonam Vani Villas Sabha, 2007 – 2008.
Yuva Kala Bharathi – Bharath Kalachar, Chennai, 2008.
Youth Excellence Award- Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust, Chennai, 2009.
Best Concert Award – The Music Academy Madras, 2010.
Best Sub-Senior Violinist Award – The Music Academy Madras, 2011 – 2016.

(Biography sourced from

R Shankaranarayanan (Mridangam)

R.Shankaranarayanan hails from a traditional music family of the legendary Sangeetha Kalanidhi Brahmashri Papanasam Sivan. His father, Papanasam Sri R. Ramani Bhagavathar is one of the direct disciples of Sri Sivan and an eminent Nama Sankeerthanam exponent.

He started learning Mridangam from Vidwan Papanasam Sri Kumar for few months and now he is under the able guidance of Mridangam Legend “Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee” “Kalaimamani” Vidwan Srimushnam Shri V.Rajarao to learn the nuances and intricacies.

At the age of 9, he started performing for carnatic music concerts. From then on, he has performed all over India accompanying various senior artistes like Chevalier Padma Vibhushan Dr. M. BalamuraliKrishna, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri.T.K. Govinda Rao, Padma Bhushan Sangeetha Kala Acharya Sri. P. S. Narayanaswami, Padma Shri Dr. N. Ramani, Padma Bhushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri. T. N. Seshagopalan, Padma Bhushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri. T. V. SankaraNarayanan, Sangeetha Sreshta Sri. T. V. Gopalakrishnan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Clarinet Maestro Sri. A. K. C. Natarajan, Sangeetha Kalanidhis Bombay Sisters, Sangeetha Kalanidhis Sikkil Sisters, Sangeetha Acharya Smt. Suguna Purushothaman, Sangeetha Acharya Smt. Suguna Varadachari, Kalaimamani A. Kanyakumari, Violin Maestros Kalaimamanis Shri. Ganesh & Shri. Kumaresh, Chitraveena Maestro Sangeetha Choodamani Sri N. Ravikiran, Sangeetha Choodamani Smt. Aruna Sairam, Sangeetha Kala Bharathi Shri T.M.Krishna etc., He has also performed in Australia, Singapore and Dubai.

He is an ‘A’ graded artiste of All India Radio, Chennai. Sankaranarayanan has a few Cd / Cassette recordings to his credit.

Sankaranarayanan has done M.A., M.Phil., with his M.Phil dissertation topic being “ Depiction of Mridangam in Sanskrit literature”.

(Biography sourced from

N Guruprasad (Ghatam)

N. 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 mridangam Vidwan “Laya Chudaroli” Madurai Shri T. Srinivasan.

Guruprasad is one of the leading percussionists in South India and regularly accompanies most of the senior artists in the field of Carnatic Music. He is also highly sought after in the film industry and for collaborations with world renowned artists of various genres.  He 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 has 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, 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 is also a reputed teacher and is training many ghatam artists of the next generation.

(Biography sourced from


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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