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Carnatic Vocal – Gayathri Venkataraghavan

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Feb 072012

Smt. Gayathri Venkataraghavan began her training in Carnatic music at a young age under the tutelage of Smt. Rajalakshmi and then under Smt. Padma Veeraraghavan, a disciple of Palaghat Sri K.V. Narayanaswamy. She was also trained in various kritis by Smt. Rukmini Ramani, Sri.V. Subramaniam and Smt. Lakshmi Natarajan. Her advanced training was under Acharya Choodamani Late Sri.A.Sundaresan, a disciple of Sri C.V.Krishnamurthy Iyer, Sri Ramnad Krishnan and Alathur Sri Sivasubramanya Iyer. Gayathri is presently under the guidance of Padma Bhushan Sri. P.S.Narayanaswamy.

Gayathri Venkataraghavan is an 'A' grade accredited artiste of All India Radio. She won the All India Radio National level competition in 1993. Her regular performances for the AIR include a prestigious National Broadcast in 2006. She has sung various themes for Archival purposes for the AIR.

She has been performing regularly at various centers in India. Her performances abroad include ones at the Cleveland Tyagaraja Festival 2005, 2008, 2011 at Ohio State, USA and Toronto in Canada. She also performed at the SIFA annual festival at Singapore in Feb 2007. She has also toured the United States and Canada extensively for a concert tour in September and October 2007.

In 2003 she was awarded the Kalki Krishnamoorthy award and in the same year she was given the Nada Oli title by Nada Inbam, Madras. She was awarded the CMANA award instituted by The Carnatic Music Association of North America, Inc. NJ (USA) Dr. MLV Endowment by Narada Gana Sabha 2006. She has been awarded the Shanmuka Sangita Shironmani title by Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai and the Isai Peroli title by The Karthik Fine Arts Chennai.

A number of her Commercial albums have been released by Charsur Digital Workstation and other companies.

Here are a couple of recent videos.

Carnatica Brothers Concert

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Feb 032012

Grandsons of the legendary Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar, Shashikiran and Ganesh are cousins who sing as the vocal duo Carnatica brothers. The Carnatica brothers stormed the Carnatic music world at the age of two as child prodigies and have since emerged as front-ranking musicians. They have performed extensively in India and in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and UAE. They now have a vast experience of over 3500 concerts, lecture demonstrations, jugalbandhis and fusion concerts. They have garnered critical acclaim and popularity with their emotive style of singing and their strict adherence to classicism.

Chitravina Ganesh, world-record setting slide instrumentalist and vocalist, is the grandson of the legendary Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar. He stormed into the world of carnatic music even at the tender age of two and a half, just like his illustrious cousin, Chitravina N Ravikiran. Trained by Chitravina maestro Narasimhan (his maternal uncle), Ganesh was able to identify and render around 225 Ragas and 175 Talas and answer numerous other technical questions with ease.

Ganesh also had the rare privilege of learning from Sangeeta Kalanidhi T Brinda for a few years and is among the best chitravina performers in the country today. In May 2004, he set a record for the longest concert by any slide instrumentalist in the world by playing non-stop for 32 and half hours in Chennai, India. An A-grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Ganesh has performed in tandem with Ravikiran as Asia Brothers and also accompanied top notch artistes like Smt T Mukta, Dr Balamuralikrishna and Smt Sowmya in several concerts and recordings.

Nagai Muralidharan
Kalaimamani Nagai Muralidaran is one of the top ranking violin artists today. He initially learned from his mother R. Komalavalli, and later from vidwan R.S. Gopalakrishnan. His skillful handling of the violin and excellent grasp of the raga and laya make him the accompanist of choice of all the leading vidwans. A regular on Indian radio and TV, Muralidharan is also the recipient of numerous awards and has performed in many countries.
Srimushanam V. Raja Rao
Sri Srimushanam V. Raja Rao was born in Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu and received his initial training in Mridangam from his father Sri S. Venkataramana Rao. He has trained under some of the most eminent teachers of his time and has performed extensively both in India and abroad, accompanying a number of outstanding Carnatic and Hindustani vocalists. Besides Mridangam, he also plays the Kanjira and Morsing. He has won a number of awards and honors including the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi award.

Carnatic vocal concert – Unnikrishnan

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Feb 032012

P. Unnikrishnan
One of the most sought after Carnatic classical vocalists of today, P. Unnikrishnan was born on 9th of July 1966 to K. Radhakrishnan and Dr Harini Radhakrishnan. His family home, sari Kuteeram, was a well known landmark of Madras city, with his great grandfather Dr. K.N. Kesari being an Ayurvedic physician and the promoter of the popular Telugu women's magazine Gruhalakshmi. His mother had noticed his talents in music and enrolled him for classical music lessons under Sri VL Seshadri who initiated him to Carnatic music at the age of 12. He studied at the Asan Memorial School and graduated from the Vivekananda College, Madras University in 1987 with a B Com degree. He is a national award winning playback singer for his debut film song 'Ennavale Adi Ennavale' which was composed by A. R. Rahman. He is one of the permanent judges in the reality television show AIRTEL Super Singer on Vijay TV in both the seasons (2006, 2008 & 2010-2011) and 2008 Idea Star Singer on Asianet. Unnikrishnan received many awards and titles including the Kalaimamani Award from the Government of Tamilnadu, Best Raga award from Music Academy and Yuvakala Bharati from Bharat Kalachar.

Embar S. Kannan
Embar S. Kannan is highly accomplished as a violinist and is in the forefront of violinists of the younger generation. His bowing technique is of high quality, marked by sweetness and clarity. He had his initial training in Carnatic music under Sri Subbanna Bhagavatar and Vittal Ramamurthy and in western classical music under music director, Diwakar master. He then continued his formal training in the violin under Kum. A. Kanyakumari. A recipient of many awards and honors for both his solo and his accompanying skills, he is an A grade artist of the All India Radio and has played solo concerts and accompanied many leading artists. He has traveled widely and performed in concerts in USA, Europe, and the Far East. Read more about Embar Kannan here.

Anand Anantha R. Krishnan
Anand started his musical journey on the mridangam, the principle drum of South Indian music, the Carnatic tradition. Anand started performing full-fledged concerts as a child, and has since cemented his position as a premier mridangam-ist of his generation, carrying forth one of the greatest drumming traditions. The grandson and disciple of the pioneering, venerated and award winning mridangam maestro, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri. Palghat R. Raghu - Anand learned the fundamentals of the mridangam under his uncle, Shri. R. Ramkumar and began an official tutelage under his grandfather at the age of five.

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