LOcal Talent UnderScored is a platform for Northern and Southern California Artists to showcase their performance skills in Indian Classical Music.
The concerts are held on a specific date each month (usually the second or third Saturday of every month in the afternoon). The program has two segments. The first hour is dedicated to budding artists and the next two hours is for skilled talents who have the capability of giving solo concerts. Ever since it's inception in February 2000, LOTUS has promoted and encouraged numerous talented local artists.
Please note that LOTUS is a non-profit community organization of volunteers dedicated to showcasing local talented artistes based in California and (to a limited extent) from other states.
All our events are free and so LOTUS does not provide any travel or airfare nor do we offer any type of fees or remuneration to artistes or accompanists for their performances.
"Founders of LOTUS" and Pandit Gajanana Joshi of Sanatan Dharma Kendra who provides the venue for more than a decade.
Hemmige D. Varadarajan
A scientist by profession, Hemmige D. Varadarajan's first love is Carnatic Music. Over the years, he has encouraged many upcoming artistes, and was primarily responsible for the musical advancement of his children Srivatsan, Mani, and Ranjani. He is the inventor of the electronic instrument "Haemika", which enables gamakas to be played similar faithfully. Sri Varadarajan holds numerous patents in the field of electronic engineering. He is also an avid chess player, having played both blindfold and simultaneous matches. The name "LOTUS" (LOcal Talent UnderScored) is credited to Sri Varadarajan.
Vadiraja Bhatt, popularly known as Vadi is a Mridanga artist who used to reside in the bay area till 2005. He started learning Mridagam from Vidwan B.R.Sridhar and later trained under Maestro Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.V.Gopalakrishnan. He has been performing since he was 11 and continues to perform in various Sabhas in India. He is an IT professional with a Masters degree in Computer Science from IIT, Mimbai. His idea behind establishing LOTUS was to provide a platform form young and upcoming artists in Bay area to perform and flourish.
B.V. Muralidhara was born in Bagalur Village (Near Bangalore) and raised by a traditional family. Though not formally trained in classical music, his keen interest in music is influenced by his mother and grand father. An engineer by profession working in the field of Data Networking, Cloud computing and Virtualization. He lives with his wife Parimala and children Pooja and Madhukar at his home in San Jose. He has learnt Veda chanting from Gurus M.S. Srinivasan and M.S. Venugopal (Popularly known as Challakere Brothers) in Sringeri tradition. As a member of the Bay Area Ekalavya Veda Chanting group, he frequently chants Vedas at the local temples. His hobbies include listening to classical music and Hiking among other things.
During 1999 after the Dasa Day celebrations, Sri Hemmige Varadarajan came up with the idea of hosting a monthly concerts mainly to encourage Local Talents. Then Sri Vadiraja Bhat came up with the name LOTUS. That is how this organization stated. Thanks to Subha and team for making LOTUS popular classical music organization in the Bay Area.
Vidwan Shri Gajanana Joshi
Vidwan Shri Gajanana Joshi is highly knowledgable and qualified in Dharma Shastra, Aagama, Poorva Mimamsa and Sanatana Dharma Jyothishya. He was the head Priest at Sri Kshetra at Gokarna, Karnataka and Ganga Dhaneshwara Temple at Sidhdhapura, Karnataka. He was also the Advice Priest at Mahaganapathi Temple, Bangalore and Shri Ramachandrapura Mutt, Bangalore. In addition, he was a Voluntary Priest at Sanatana Dharma Kendra at Sunnyvale, CA and Shiva Vishnu Temple at Livermore, CA. He founded Sanatana Dharma Kendra in 2006 in Sunnyvale, CA
For further details regarding participation please contact: subhapriya AT gmail.com
Core Team volunteers are Subha Srivatsan (Scheduling), Purnima, Nanda Kishore V and Radha (Alamelu Ramadorai) (Event co-ordination)