India Arts and Culture Council
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HACC – Featured Organization

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Oct 082012

RASIKA School of Music and Arts is the featured organization in Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council.

Governor’s Volunteer Award 2012

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Oct 082012

The 2012 Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards honors some of Oregon's most respected individuals and organizations for their commitment to voluntary service benefiting the state and its people. The awards are hosted by the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service with presenting sponsor Wells Fargo. At the 2012 Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards Luncheon the Founder and President volunteer of RASIKA, Raman Srinivasan will be recognized as the Outstanding Regional Adult Volunteer. RASIKA will receive $500 as cash award from Wells Fargo.
Raman was one of the main founders of this Portland based educational and cultural organization formed over a decade ago. His sincere passion and commitment to promote the Indian classical arts is evident in the high quality programming presented by Rasika over the years.As a prominent world music and dance presenter in Portland over the past decade, Rasika has been critical in expanding the scope of performance diversity with ethno-music presentations of the highest caliber.
Every organization needs a visionary and a leader to take on challenges and Raman has certainly proven successful in both roles. As much as the careful planning and implementation of the concerts and educational events are vital for the organization, so are marketing and financial efforts. Raman has been the creative marketing person and has done solid financial projections to plan for upcoming seasons. His knowledge of finance, accounting, marketing, and his vast network and liaison with both the artists and touring agents make him the most vital voluntary board member of Rasika. Indeed, he is aptly referred to as ‘Rasika Raman’ by artists, agents and other national organizers. In a small town like Portland, where even main stream presenters are struggling to present concerts and events, Raman has made quite a difference in artistic quality of presentations through this world music organization, presenting over 100 concerts and educational events with critical reviews from the press and public. The organization has added to the rich cultural diversity of the Portland art scene.
Raman has also been successful over the past fourteen years to inspire and lead a small group of volunteers, who share his vision and passion. Although no volunteer has matched his time, commitment and genius foresight, he pulls together a collective effort from these volunteers during concert presentations. He not only donates his time, effort and skills but also donates money to Rasika annually, further supporting the organization. He was invited to receive the ‘Arts in the Community’ award by the Mayor and City of Beaverton in recognition of his services to the local community in 2003. His work to promote Indian arts has also been recognized nationally by an award presented by the South India Fine Arts (SIFA) non-profit Indian organization based in California in 2004. Intel recognized his efforts by selecting him as one of the top five ‘Volunteer Heroes’ in Oregon, the only one in the Arts and Humanities services among the employees nominated for voluntary efforts in Oregon in 2009.

SPB in Portland

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Oct 072012

Gaana Gandharva SP Balasubrahmanyam performed in Portland for the 1st time ever & rocked with a memorable concert in the prestigious Portland Center for the Performing Arts.

Song list:
1. Jagadanandakaraka - Sri Rama Rajyam (Telugu - 2011) - Ilaiyaraja - SPB, KS Chitra, SP Sailaja and SPB Charan
2. Unnodu Vazha - Amarkalam - (Tamil - 1999) - Ramni Bharadwaj - KS Chitra
3. Enno Ratrulu - Dharmakshetram - (Telugu - 1991) - Ilaiyaraja - SB, KS Chitra
4. Ilayanila - Payanangal Mudivathillai - (Tamil - 1982) - Ilaiyaraja - SPB (Bit)
5. Madai Thiranthu Thaavum - Nizhalgal - (Tamil - 1980) - Ilaiyaraja - SPB
6. Mellaga - Varsham - (Telugu - 2004) - Devisri Prasad - SP Sailaja, SPB Charan
7. Naguva Nayana - Pallavi Anupallavi - (Kannada - 1983) - Ilaiyaraja - SPB, SP Sailaja
8. Oruvan Oruvan Mudhalali - Muthu - (Tamil - 1995) - AR Rahman - SPB
9. Mounamgane Yedagamani - Naa Autograph - (Telugu - 2004) - KS Chitra
[Chitra also hummed the tamil version of this song "Ovvoru Pookalume" from the movie Autograph]
10. Aalippazham Perukkan - My Dear Kuttichathan (Malayalam - 1984) - Ilaiyaraja - KS Chitra, SP Sailaja
11. Saathiya - Love - (Hindi - 1991) - Anand Milind - SPB, KS Chitra
12. Mannil Indha Kadhal - Keladi Kanmani - (Tamil - 1990) - SPB (Bit)
13. Enna Saththam - Punnagai Mannan - (Tamil - 1986) - Ilaiyaraja - SPB
14. Vidhaatha Talapuna - Sirivennela - (Telugu - 1988) - KV Mahadevan - SPB, SP Sailaja
[SPB went on to mention how lyricist Sitarama Sastri went on to get the surname Sirivennela after penning lyrics for his first movie. Special mention was made about Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia being the flautist for the orginal song and Ravi Shankar playing the flute in the live band today really lived up to the original music]
15. Kadhal Sadugudu - Alaipayuthey (Tamil - 2000) - AR Rahman - SPB Charan
16. Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan - Mera Naam Joker (Hindi - 1969) - SPB (BIT)
17. Pehla Pehla Pyaar Hai - Hum Aapake Hain Kaun - (Hindi - 1992) - SPB, SP Sailaja
18. Ee Sundara - Amrutavarshini (Kannada - 1996) - SPB, KS Chitra
19. Anjali Anjali - Duet (Tamil - 1994) - AR Rahman - SPB, KS Chitra
20. Nenu Nenuga - Manmadhudu - (Telugu - 2002) - Devisri Prasad - SPB Charan
21. Ponnodu Poovaay - Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty (Malayalam - 2012) - BR Prasad - KS Chitra
22. Valayosai - Sathya - (Tamil - 1988) - SPB, SP Sailaja
23. Venello Godari Andam - Sitara - (Telugu - 1987) - Ilaiyaraja - SP Sailaja
[This song fetched the original singer S Janaki the National award. SP Sailaja sang this heart touching song very gracefully]
24. Vannam Konda Vennilave - Sigaram - (Tamil - 1991) - SPB - SPB
[SPB mentioned that he did not know how he composed the song when it was composed. At a lter date when travelling in train he was dwelling into this song and he heard the strains of "Kabhi Kudh Pe kabhi halaath pe rona aaya" from Hum Dono sung by Mohd Rafi. He concluded that he was inspired by the tune and had composed his song]
25. Engeyum Eppothum - Ninaithale Inikkum - (Tamil - 1979) - MS Vishwanathan - SPB
[SPB goes on to tell that MSV was a father figure for him as he introduced him to the Tamil movies. In his times without any technology MSV has used all kinds of instrumentation that present day music have started to use with latest gadgets]
26. Kannamuchi Yennada - Kandukondein Kandukondein - (Tamil - 2000) - AR Rahman - KS Chitra (BIT) &
Padariyen Padippariyen - Sindhu Bhairavi (Tamil - 1985) - Ilaiyaraja - KS Chitra (BIT)
27. Jallantha Kavvintha - Geethanjali - (Telugu - 1989) - Ilaiyaraja - KS Chitra
28. Yamaho Ni Yama Yama Andam - Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari - Telugu - 1990) - SPB Charan (BIT)
[KS Chitra hummed the Tamil version of the song]
29. Malargale Malargale - Love Birds (Tamil - 1997) - AR Rahman - KS Chitra, SPB Charan
30. Medley:
Tere Mere Beech Mein - Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981) - Laxmikant Pyarelal - SPB
Abbanee Tiyyani Debba - Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari - Telugu - 1990) - SPB, KS Chitra
Bangaru Kodi Petta - Gharana Mogudu - (Telugu - 1992) - SPB, KS Chitra
Subhalekha Raasukunna - Kondaveeti Donga - (Telugu - 1988) - Ilaiyaraja - SPB, KS Chitra
Navvindi Malle Chendu - Abhilasha - (Telugu - 1983) - SPB, SP Sailaja
Malli Malli Idi Raani Roju - Rakshasudu (Telugu - 1987) - SPB Charan
Yamma Yamma - 7am Arivu - (Tamil - 2012) - SPB
[Sang the charam and pallavi - bliss]
31. Sundari Kannal Oru - Dalapathi (Tamil - 1991) - Ilaiyaraja - SPB with KS Chitra, SP Sailaja & SPB Charan singing chorus
32. Vedam Anuvanuvuna Naadham - Saagara Sangamam - (Telugu - 1983) - SPB, SPS
33. Jana Gana Mana - National Anthem - SPB, KS Chitra, SP Sailaja & SPB Charan.

Thanks to RASIKA for organizing the SPB gari concert lasting a full 210 minutes and attended by about 1500 fortunate audience. This was RASIKA's biggest ever concert and SPB sir stamped his class along with Chitra m'am all over to etch it in the minds forever as a everlasting concert to all those who attended the concert.

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