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Jayanthi Raman’s Dance of the Hummingbirds

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Aug 062017
RASIKA presents
7pm Saturday 7th October 2017
Jayanthi Raman's Dance of the Hummingbirds
Literary, Visual and Performing Arts in a full-length dance presentation with live orchestra
Concept & Dance choreography: Jayanthi Raman
Original poetry by Oregon poet laureate Paulann Peterson
Visual artist: Shashank Rao,
Live orchestra of Musicians: Vocalist, Bamboo Flute, Mridangam and Base Guitar
With 8-10 senior professional dancers from Jayanthi Raman Dance Company led by Jayanthi Raman
Dance of the Hummingbirds is a musical dance project based on the seed concept of Portland choreographer Jayanthi Raman. The production reflects an artists's struggles and challenges faced in life and how one draws upon inner strength to overcome them. The production is a confluence of dance, music, images and literature.
The production features newly commissioned poetry of 2010 Oregon poet laureate Paulann Peterson, new music score by musicians; images of traditional Indian painting; choreographed by Jayanthi Raman with team of live orchestra of musicians and local Indian dancers. This project uses English poetry instead of Sanskrit chants, medley of musical instruments and musical styles, creative artwork as visual embellishment and Indian folk and classical dance genres to showcase the choreography as a contemporary multi-disciplined artistic conversation.
The project builds upon the central concept of every artist’s experiences of struggling with challenges in a new world and creating opportunities for themselves and those around them. The project brings together the arts in one cohesive performance, addressing the complexities of a global artistic environment, presenting a contemporary dialogue of poetry, images, music, and dance. The production is a true depiction of creative collaboration bringing performing, literary and fine artists together on same platform.
Live orchestra of exceptional musicians, poetry read by Paulann Peterson, visual artist Shashank Rao and a team of professional 8-10 dancers lead by danseuse Jayanthi Raman
Tickets on sale now.
$32, $26 & $22 (venue service charges extra)
Early bird special: $5 discount until Sept 7th 2017. Get your tickets today for best seats in the house.

Funded in part by grant from James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Thank you!

Dance Ballet of India
4pm Sun 19th March 2017   Note date change to:  4 pm. Sat., April 1, 2017
 at Newmark Theater, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts 


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A magnum opus production featuring an international cast of over 12 professional dancers from Delhi, Chennai- India and the US.
With multi-genre dances: Bharatha Nataym Chhau and Modern dances with stunning costuming and lighting
Featuring the voice of melody king and illustrious Bollywood singer: Hariharan

Novel concept, theatrical elements - a reflection of our immigrant lives.... 
Watch video of dancers:


Tickets on sale now. $25-50 inclusive of all service charges. $5 discount for children 10 and under, students and seniors.
Avail 15% off early bird special until Feb 28th.
Concept, Choreography, Lead performer & Artistic Director: Jayanthi Raman
Original Music Score: Mandolin U Rajesh
Featured musicians: Bollywood legend singer Hariharan, percussion maestros Selvaganesh & Ghatam SV Ramani,
Voice of Binny Krishnakumar (of Ra Ra Chandramukhi movie fame) and many more exceptional musicians.
Original story: Portland author: Lalitha Ram with Script adaptation by Jayanthi Raman
This concert is supported in part by Creative Heights grant from the Oregon Community Foundation

RASIKA is proud to present GLIMPSE OF INDIA

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Aug 082012

Glimpse of India: Lecture demonstration on Indian music by musicologist, scholar and Veena exponent Geetha Ramanathan Bennett

Geetha Bennett will be accompanied by Portland’s own percussionist B. Vijayan on Mridangam (double barrel drum).

Venue: Meeting Room, Hillsboro Library- Main (2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, OR 97124)
Date & Time: 11am Saturday 25th August 2012.
Free for all.

This event is Funded in part by grant from  

Glimpse of India: Veena concert by Geetha Ramanathan Bennett

Geetha Bennett will be accompanied by Portland’s own percussionist B. Vijayan on Mridangam.
Venue: Hawthorne Farms, Intel Auditorium
Date & Time: 6pm Saturday 25th August 2012.
Free for all. Please RSVP for seating.

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Light Music Concert – with SP Balasubramaniam, KS Chitra, SP Sailaja and party

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May 072012

S P Balasubramaniam is a multilingual Indian playback singer, actor, music director, voice actor, and film producer. He is popularly known as SPB and Balu. He has won the National Film Award for ‘Best Male Playback Singer’ six times and has sung over 50,000 songs in 15 Indian languages with a career spanning over four decades. Balasubramaniam is also the recipient of prestigious civilian awards such as the ‘Padma Bhushan’ (2011) and the ‘Padma Shri’ in (2001) from the Government of India. He is the only playback singer in India to have won National Film Awards for singing in four different languages.

Popularly and fondly referred to as Chinna Kuyil (Little Nightingale) of South India, Chitra sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music. She has lent her voice to Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Badaga and Punjabi films. She has recorded more than 16,000 film songs and is a recipient of six National Film Awards (the most by any female singer), five Filmfare Awards South and more than thirty different state film awards. She is the only singer to have won all the four South Indian state awards till date.

A few video snippets from live concerts very much like this one - watch SPB's inimitable wit between the songs:

Also, listen to their golden voices on:

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.

Carnatic vocal concert by Neyveli Santhanagopalan

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Dec 272011

Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan is an acclaimed senior musician steeped in traditional classicism. Renowned for rendering effective concerts couched in ‘Bhakthi’ (devotion) and ‘Bhava’ (emotion), he skillfully elevates music to the pedestal of divine life philosophy. His excellent theoretical depth with extensive research of the best approaches makes him a distinctive musicologist. This great multifaceted and versatile singer is also proficient at playing the veena and percussion instruments with strengths in ‘laya’ exposition.

A couple of recent video clips -

He hails from a culturally strong family, and was initiated into music by his mother Smt. Jayalakshmi Ammaal. He obtained his early guidance from reputed gurus like Chembai Sri. C.S.Anantharama Bhagavathar and Srirangam Sri. Ranganathan.
Neyveli has distinguished himself with numerous successful concerts worldwide and is the recipient of many awards from music associations in India and overseas. He has been awarded the Sangeetha Kala Sarathy by Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha,the oldest Sabha in Chennai, Naada Sevitha by Naadabrahmam Music Journal, Nama Sankeerthana Rathan by G.K.Foundation, and Sri Vidya Thapasvi by the Thapas Academy. He has also received Rasika Priya Rathna award from a prominent music organization in Australia. Garnering the Aasthaana Vidwan (Primary musician) titles from the most esteemed Kanchi Mutt, Sringeri Mutt, and Sri Ganapathy Sachidananda Mutt (religious establishments) has been a great honor for this deeply religious musician.

Outside of stage performances, Neyveli has been instrumental in promoting South Indian Classical Music education in India and abroad. He is the Dean of the Nityananda Music Academy (in USA); founded ‘Nada Pata S’ala’ to coach and guide budding musicians; anchors a daily music program ‘SaRiGaMaPa’ for JayaTV and promotes Internet-based music teaching/learning via He has done extensive research on ‘Nada Laya Yoga,’ a new initiative exploring the medicinal and curative effects of music.

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