Vignesh Ishwar (Carnatic Vocal)
Shiva Ramamurthi (Violin)
Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam)
Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)

Sunday August 27 2023, 5:00 PM

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University, St. Paul


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About the Artists

Vignesh Ishwar

Vignesh Ishwar is a highly sought after young carnatic vocalist and hails from Mumbai, India. Endowed with a sonorous voice, his music is energetic and impactful with abundant creativity. Vignesh trained under Palakkad Shri T.S. Anantharama Bhagavathar for over 17 years and since 2008 he has been training under well known vocalist Shri T.M. Krishna.

Vignesh has performed extensively in India and abroad. He is regularly featured in all the major sabhas in Chennai during the December music festival. Vignesh received the Best Concert award in the Sub-Senior category at the prestigious Madras Music Academy in 2019.

Shiva Ramamurthi
Shiva Ramamurthi is a disciple of Violin Maestro Shri Delhi P. Sunder Rajan. He initially started learning violin from Shri Krishna Kutty at the age of 6. He was introduced to Carnatic Music at the age of 4, taking vocal lessons from Smt. Padma Kutty. He has been under the guidance of his guru, Shri Delhi P. Sunder Rajan since 2001.

He has performed in various venues throughout the U.S. and India, and has been participating regularly in the December season in Chennai since 2011. He has had the privilege of accompanying senior artists such as Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. S. Sowmya, and Sri D. Seshachary of the Hyderabad Brothers among others.

He received the "Best Violinist" award by the Music Academy at the 2017 Spirit of Youth Festival. He is currently working and living in San Francisco, California.

Sumesh Narayanan
One of the most gifted and sought after Carnatic percussionists of the current generation, Sumesh Narayanan has trained with Mridangam Maestro Sangita Kalanidhi Dr Thiruvaarur Bakthavathsalam for two decades and continues to learn from him.

Sumesh is a rare combination of a musician who aspires to master the rich traditions of the mridangam oeuvre in the Carnatic style while retaining an open and larger world view which allows him to be part of many innovative and cross disciplinary ventures to which he is a vital contributor and much admired for his ideas and energetic playing.

Anirudh Athreya
Hailing from an illustrious musical lineage, V Anirudh Athreya is the great grandson of violin maestro Sri Papa KS Venkatramiah and the legend Alathur Sri Subbier of the Alathur Brothers fame. His grandfather Sri V Thyagarajan was also a renowned violinist.

Seeing Anirudh’s keen interest in rhythm and percussion as a child, his grand uncle, Kanjira Maestro Sri V Nagarajan, a pioneer in the art, immediately volunteered to teach him to play the Kanjira. His skills were further honed and polished by Mridangam wizard Dr. TK Murthy. Majestic in tone, his speciality is accompanying for music and being sensitive to the melody around him.

Today, Anirudh has the unique distinction of being the youngest Kanjira artiste to have accompanied all senior artistes in the field of Carnatic Music along with many Violin and Mridangam stalwarts. He has received high recognition and numerous awards and he's currently the youngest Carnatic musician, to have been awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

He holds the distinction of being the only upa-pakkavadyam artiste after Sri. Vikku Vinayakaram to have performed at the United Nations. A true star in the making indeed.
About the Venue:
St Catherine University is located at : 2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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This concert has been made possible, in part, 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 are made possible, in part, by the UHG "United for Giving" program , matching grants from Honeywell, US Bank, 3M, Wells Fargo and Winnebago, generous donations from late Dr V Premanand & Family, generosity of IMSOM's members and donors. Media partners for all IMSOM events are KFAI Radio (90.3 FM/106.7 FM) and

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