Chitravina Recital (Carnatic)

Chitravina Ganesh (Chitravina)
B V Raghavendra Rao (Violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (Mridangam)

Saturday, September 25, 5:00 PM CST

The Plymouth Playhouse
(Inside The RAMADA HOTEL Plymouth)
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth MN 55441


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About the Artists

Chitravina Ganesh

'Chitravina' Ganesh, son of Gayathri and Parthasarathy, was born on June 17, 1976. Ganesh was trained from very young age by his maternal uncle, an acclaimed musical wizard and guru, 'Chitravina' Narasimhan. Ganesh stormed into the world of Carnatic music even at the tender of age of two and a half, just like his cousins 'Chitravina' Ravikiran, Shashikiran and Kiranavali. He was able to identify and render around 225 Ragas and 175 Talas and answer numerous other technical questions with ease.

Ganesh then continued his musical training under Narasimhan and also from Ravikiran as a vocalist. He also had the rare privilege of learning from Sangeeta Kalanidhi T Brinda for a few years.
Even at the age of 8, Ganesh developed an interest in the 21-stinged fretless instrument, Chitravina. Combining his natural musicality with assiduous practice, Ganesh has now emerged as one of the most distinguished artistes in this instrument. His style is marked by an easy flow of movement and effortless handling of multiple speeds without eschewing on the artistic elements of the music.

He has performed in major venues in Madras, Bangalore, Delhi, Chicago, Toronto, San Diego, Phoenix, Miami, San Jose, and so on . An A - grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Ganesh has been featured in a number of radio and TV events. Besides performing in tandem with cousin Ravikiran, he has also provided accompaniment for top-not artistes like T Mukta and Dr. M Balamuralikrishna in several concerts and recordings.

He toured the USA and Canada in 1997 as the lead instrumentalist in Ravikiran's music and dance production, Lakshmi Prabhavam. He is also one of the core members of Ravikiran's melodic ensemble, Vintage Virtuosos, and has been featured in 3 of their CD productions.

Ganesh has received recognition from major organizations like The Music Academy and Krishna Gana Sabha. Besides, he has shown promise as a composer too, having already created a few Varnams, Kritis, Tillanas and some instrumental pieces.

B V Raghavendra Rao (Violin)

B V 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.

Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (Mridangam)

K Murugaboopathi belongs to a family of artists and musicians.

He  had  his  initial  training  under  Sri  T.R.Srinivasan,  a  Mridangam  Vidwan  and Lecturer in the Tamilnadu Government Music College.  After receiving the 'Vadhya Visharada' with distinction from the Music College, he came under the guidance of Late Sri Tanjore Upendran.  He learnt from the late maestro in the age old tradition of Gurukulavasam.

Sri Murugaboopathi has won numerous awards including the Vadya Kalaimani from the  Music  College,  Chennai,  the  Laya  Kala  Ratna  from  the  Tiruppur  Murugan Mandram,  the  Best  Artiste  Award  from  the  South  Indian  Music  Club,  Andhra Pradesh, the Music Academy and the Sivan Mandram, Sydney, Australia. 

Murugaboopathi can adapt his playing to any style of singing or instrumental music and  has  won  the  appreciation  of  the  artists  as  well  as  the  rasikas.    With  his uncompromising  orthodox  style  of  playing  he  gracefully  blends  the  best  of  the Pazhani Subramania Pillai and the Palghat Mani Iyer schools making him one of the most sought after mridangam players today.   Boopathi  as  he  is fondly  known  with  his  contemporaries,  regularly  accompanies leading artists such as Sangeetha Kalnidhis Shri Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan, Dr. N. Ramani,  Shri  T  V  Sankaranarayan,  the  Hyderabad  Brothers,  Mandolin  Srinivas, Sudha Ragunathan, and other contemporary artists such as Sanjay Subramaniam, T M Krishna, Bombay Jayashri and Aruna Sayeeram to name a few.

Within India, he has performed in various venues in most metros including New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram and across Tamil Nadu. Internationally, he is widely travelled on tour with the above reputed artists in North America including USA and Canada, in Europe including Great Britain, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, South Africa, the Middle East at Dubai, Muscat, and Doha, South East Asia in Singapore and Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

About the Venue:
Plymouth Playhouse is located at:  2705 Annapolis Ln N, Plymouth MN 55441


This concert has been made possible by voters of Minnesota through grants from The Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  IMSOM's Concert Series is made possible, in part, by the  UHG "Dollars for Doers" Grant, matching grants from Honeywell, US Bank, 3M, Wells Fargo and Winnebago, generous donations from Dr Dash Foundation, late Dr V Premanand & Family, generosity of IMSOM's members and donors.  Media partners for all concerts are  KFAI Radio (90.3 FM/106.7 FM) and

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