Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena)
Jayachandra Rao (Mridangam)
Pramath Kiran (Tabla/Morsing)

Friday September 29 2023, 7:30 PM

Lorenz Auditorium, Fine Arts Building
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

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About the Artists

Jayanti Kumaresh

Dr.Jayanthi Kumaresh is India’s torch bearer worldwide for Saraswathi Veena, the National Instrument of India. An artiste, collaborator, composer, researcher, creator, pioneer, and educator, her life achievements over 35 years, truly embodies the rich musical heritage of India, making her one of the legendary Veena masters that India has ever produced.

Apart from several prestigious venues and festivals in India, Jayanthi has performed at many international festivals, including the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Darbar Festival London, Celtic Connections in Scotland, Queensland Music Festival, Darwin Music Festival, and Adelaide Music Festival, BBC Proms London and at prestigious venues such as United Nations in New York, the Palladium, Indiana, Théåtre de la Ville, Paris, and Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle.

She has received many awards in India such “Sangeetha Choodamani”, “Kalaimamani” by the Government of Tamil Nadu, “Veena Naada Mani”, “Kala Ratna”, “Sathyashree”, “Gaana Varidhi”, is an ten-time recipient of The Music Academy, Chennai’s “Award for Veena”, “Sangeet Shikar Samman”, “Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal”, to name a few. As a pioneer in her field, Jayanthi has presented Veena to audiences in every corner of the world in different formats.

Apart from her solo concerts, she has performed with legends such as Ustad Zakir Hussain and has presented duets and north-south jugalbandhis with several other maestros. Her 45 Ragas is one of the first ever one-artist, one-instrument live concert non-stop for 124 minutes. Her Story in Concert is an integration of different art forms in one production where story-telling, music and painting all come under one umbrella. She is the founder of the Indian National Orchestra, featuring 21 star musicians from all over India – first of its kind orchestra for Indian Classical Music. Her album Mysterious duality is a path- breaker where one artist, one instrument have created a philharmonic effect. Her web series, Cup O’ Carnatic, which popularizes Carnatic music in general and Veena in particular has more than 2 million views on social media.

A researcher, she holds a Doctorate for her works on “styles and playing techniques of the Saraswathi Veena”. Her series of talks and lecture-demonstrations in various Universities and schools and several TEDx talks have made her a sought-after ambassador of Indian Music among the younger generation. As a composer, she has composed and created music for many musicals, dance productions and documentaries.

Her rich lineage of music can be traced back six generations and her prodigious musical journey began at age 3 under her mother Vidushi Lalgudi. R. Rajalakshmi. She then left home to live with her guru Vidushi Padmavathi Ananthagopalan for 22 years and learnt the intricate science and art of playing the Veena. Her playing technique was further enhanced under the tutelage of Veena Virtuoso Dr.S.Balachander.

Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh has dedicated her life to the Saraswathi Veena. Her playing style truly brings out the voice of the Veena, in terms of originality in content, technique, virtuosity and expression that transcends the boundaries of language and region.

Jayachandra Rao
Jayachandra Rao is a well known Carnatic Classical Musician and plays the "murdangam" (the South Indian Classical Drum). He has performed extensively with all leading musicians in India and has performed at most of the prestigious music festivals of India.

He is known for his unique style of playing "mrudangam" which blends precision and aesthetics in a manner that seamlessly compliments and exemplifies the music of vocal and instrumental artist.

He is known for his rich melodious sound, versatility, and creativity on stage, making him one of the most sought after percussion artist in a rare group of left handed mrudangam artists.  Jayachandra Rao (Jay) as he is fondly addressed, is equally at ease with musicians from across the world.  He has collaborated extensively with renowned musicians such as Dillon Fowler, Peter Stacey, Andrew Weichman and Rajesh Mehta.  Some of the international bands and music festivals he has performed include Beches Indian Brew, First Line Celtic Music, Rumelingen Music Festival (Switzerland), Poland Drum Festival, Rainforest World Music Festival, Scotland Music Festival etc.

Pramath Kiran
Pramath Kiran is one of the most sought after percussionist, music producer and a sound engineer from South India.  His musical career took off at a very young age, getting trained in Indian Classical Music.  Pramath learnt tabla under the great tabla maestro Pt. Udayraj Karpoor. Later he was  trained by Vid. Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma in the art of playing Morching (Jaws Harp) in Carnatic style.

He expanded his musical horizons in world music endeavors by learning to play diverse percussion instruments like Djembe, Congas and Cajon in their respective traditional styles.  Pramath Kiran became the foremost artist from South India to introduce Afro Cuban percussion and rhythm structures into traditional Carnatic Style.

Pramath Kiran has collaborated with several renowned artists like Veenai Jayanthi Kumaresh, M Balamuralikrishna, L Subramaniam, Shivkumar Sharma,
Violin duo Ganesh-Kumaresh, Violin Maestros Mysore Nagaraj and Manjunath to name a few in several music festivals across India and the rest of the world.
About the Venue:
Normandale College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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