Ganesh & Kumaresh (Carnatic Violin Duet)

Kulur U Jayachandra Rao (Mridangam)
Trichy S Krishnaswamy (Ghatam)

Friday, May 5, 7:00 PM CST

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


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About the Artists

Ganesh & Kumaresh

For Ganesh Kumaresh, the corner stone of this art form is \93Manodharma\94 and they truly believe that every artist should bring in his / her own ideas.  This dynamic violin duo are among the leading exponents of the Carnatic violin and possibly the most recognized names in the current generation of collaborative music.  With over four decades of performance history behind them, their ability to play across genres allows a rarely seen global appeal for their music. The other dimensions of the artists include Music Direction, Production, Acting

Ganesh & Kumaresh have been the only violin duo to have performed for more than four decades together. The brothers have carved a niche for Indian instrumental music with their impeccable and remarkable technique both in playing the instrument and in interpreting the musical forms. Their music is laden with virtuosity and brims with soul stirring creativity, soaked in classicism.

Their deep-rooted strength in playing Carnatic Music in the traditional way has made them the favorites with the purists as well as the uninitiated. Their strict adherence to classicism and their virtuosity with an innovative approach in their presentation has earned the appreciation of thousands of music lovers across the globe. The brothers have given new dimensions to the realm of music and have brought out a refreshingly original content and style for this form of art. Having performed in several top notch global festivals, their creative idiom is international in nature and their communication through music crosses all boundaries. Their musical caliber is recognized worldwide. They have been responsible in making violin, which was all along considered a mere accompanying instrument, occupy the centre stage of a concert platform.

They have made inspirational and exhilarating forays into world music teaming up with such luminaries as Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakaram, Late Valangaiman Shanmugasundaram,A R Rehman, John Mclaughin, Illayaraja, Rajan Mishra, Sajan Mishra, Umalayapuram Sivaraman, Palghat Raghu, T K Murthy, Steve Thornton, Trilok Gurtu and the list is truly long.

Awards & Titles
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2018
Academy of Music Chowdiah Award for the year 2016
Asthana Vidwans of the Sri Matam of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and Sringeri Sharada Madhom.
Dwaram Venkata Swami Naidu award
Titles: Kalaimamani, Sunaada Sironmani, Sangeetha Saragnya, "Sarasahana Praveena" and many more.

Kulur U Jayachandra Rao (Mridangam)

Kulur Uliya Jayachandra Rao born in Mulki, Karnataka, is a Carnatic Classical musician, a prominent exponent of the Mridangam. A performing artist for over three decades, he is also a Guru engaged in teaching the instrument. Jayachandra belongs to the rare category of left-hand Mridangam players and has performed with many eminent musicians from the field of Carnatic and other styles of music

Born in a family of musicians, Jayachandra was encouraged by his parents to pursue this art form. He started learning Mridangam at the age of 5 under Vidwan Trichur E.P. Narayan Pisharady and later received advanced training under the tutelage of Vidwan Palghat T.R.Rajamani (son of legendary Vidwan Palghat Mani Iyer). He also learnt flute from his father Vidwan K Raghavendra Rao.  He acquired a Masters Degree in Bio-Sciences from Mangalore University and took up an assignment with a medical company in Mysore. Later, he moved to Bangalore to pursue music full-time.

He has performed in over 20 countries in popular music festivals such as R\FCmlingen music festival Switzerland, Poland drum festival, Rainforest world music festival, Scotland music festival and has collaborated with musicians and music bands from across the world including Dillon Fowler, Peter Stacey, Andrew Weichman, Rajesh Mehta, Beches Indian Brew and First Line-Celtic Music

He also serves as the Vice-President of Kanchana Shree Lakshminarayana Music Academy, a non-profit trust based out of Bangalore and Kanchana (Bajathur, Dakshina Kannada), dedicated to the propagation and promotion of Indian classical music.
He is one of the members of Layatharanga, a prominent contemporary classical ensemble that brings together different forms of music with improvisations and creative presentation.

Awards and Titles
Ananya Puraskara
'Asthana Vidwan' of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
Vishesha kala chetana from Vishesha Fine Arts
'Puttachar memorial award' from Percussive Arts Centre, Bangalore

Trichy S Krishnaswamy (Ghatam)

Trichy Krishnaswamy began learning to play the Ghatam from the age of 10 under the tutelage of Thanjai. Sri.V.Srinivasan and the accomplished Mridhangam Vidwan Sri.B.Harikumar.

He has given concerts in all important Sabhas in Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Trivandrum, Pune, Thiruvaiyaru, Kolkata, Delhi, Trichy, Karur and Madurai. He has had the honor of accompanying established vocalists and instrumentalists and mridangam and tavil maestros. He also represented Trichy in the \93Music Symphony\94 conducted under the aegis of Sri.Ravishankar\92s \93Art of Living\94 foundation in Bangalore.

Trichy Krishnaswamy holds a Diploma degree in Electrical & Electronics Engg., from Seshasayee Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli.

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


IMSOM's Spring 2023 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by voters of Minnesota through grants from The Minnesota State Arts Board and The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Support also comes from UHG "Dollars for Doers" Grant, matching grants from Honeywell and US Bank, generous donations from Dr Dash Foundation, late Dr V Premanand & Family, generosity of IMSOM's members and donors.  All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM/106.7 FM) and

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