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LOTUS JAN 2016 CONCERTS

Please note the change in address of NEW SDK venue.


DATE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2016

TIME: 1.30 PM TO 4.30 PM

VENUE: SANATHANA DHARMA KENDRA

3102 Landess Ave,
San Jose, CA 95132
Phone: 408 481 9242

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All are welcome to attend these free concerts. Please feel free to spread this message to your friends and relatives.



Concert #1 - Junior    1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Sahiti Kadiyala (Vocal)
Rangashree Varadarajan (Violin)
Amit Ranganathan (Mrudangam)

Concert #2 - Junior    2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Ananya Devanath (Vocal)
Keerthi Sundaramurthy (Violin)
Akshay Venkatesan (Mrudangam)

Concert #3 - Junior    3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Shreyas Srinivasan (Violin)
Achyut Srinivasan (Mrudangam)



Sahiti Kadiyala (Vocal)
Sahiti Kadiyala has been learning Carnatic vocal music from Smt. Jayashree Varadarajan, founder and Director of Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandir School of Fine Arts since the last seven years. She has performed in her music school’s productions and at various other events. Sahiti has won prizes in competitions conducted by the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Bay Area Telugu Association, Papanasam Sivan Memorial Competition and Sangeeth Samraat. She is a seventh grader in Cupertino Middle School, Sunnyvale.

Sahiti learns Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of Smt. Roopa Anand. She is a student of Chinmaya Mission's Bal Vihar, and is and active volunteer and fund raiser for Sankara Eye Foundation and Chinmaya Mission.


Rangashree Varadarajan (Violin)
Rangashree Varadarajan received her early training in Carnatic violin under Lalgudi Smt Srimathi Brahmanandam and Smt Anuradha Sridhar. She undergoes advanced tutelage in Carnatic violin and vocal under Smt Jayashree Varadarajan, founder and director of Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandir School of Fine Arts, Sunnyvale, CA. Rangashree holds a masters degree in physiology and biophysics and completed her MD in 2014.


Amit Ranganathan (Mridangam)
Amit Ranganathan is a disciple of Sri. Ravindra Bharathi Sridharan and performed his mrudangam arangetram accompanying Isai Peroli Sri. Neyveli Santhanagopalan. Amit has been accompanying musicians and students of various Bay Area and Sacramento music schools and has played under the auspices of several organizations including SIFA, LOTUS, Nandalala Mission, SR Fine Arts and Sacramento Aradhana. He accompanies regularly at Temples and House for festival concerts including Rama Navami, Navarthri, Vijayadasami celebrations as well as Thygaraja Aradhanas. He has also played for Bharatanatyam arangetram and dance programs in the Bay Area as well as in Sacramento.

Amit has also performed in the Chennai December season and in Fremont Margazhi Utsavam. He has also participated in the Carnatic youth festival NCYCAC in North Carolina. Amit has won the junior, senior and accompaniment awards at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival competitions. 

In addition to learning mrudangam, Amit has learnt Carnatic vocal music from Smt. Jayashree Varadarajan. Amit is a freshman in San Jose State University and continues to accompany on a regular basis.




Ananya Devanath (Vocal)
Ananya currently learns vocal music from Sri Paduka Academy under Sri Hari Devanath and Vivek Sundararaman. She also learns to play the veena from Nadanidhi under Sri Srikanth Chary. Ananya enjoys sharing her music and learning more in the process –she has performed at various music events with her co-students. She has won prizes for veena and vocal in local competitions and in Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhanai. She owes her skill and interest to all her Gurus whose blessings are the key to her staying musically thirsty! She is a 7th grader at Chaboya Middle School, San Jose who loves to read books and write stories during her free time.


Keerthi Sundaramurthy (Violin)
Keerthi Sundaramurthy is a Sophomore at UC Berkeley pursuing Pschycology and Cognitive science as her majors.
She learns violin from Dr. Saravanapriyan Sriraman, disciple of Sri Lalgudi GJR Krishnan. Keerthi has performed at various places and regularly accompanies junior and senior artists in and around Bay Area and Sacramento. Keerthi is also a carnatic vocalist and is a student of Sri Ajay Namboodiri, disciple of Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan. 


Akshay Venkatesan (Mrudangam)
Akshay Venkatesan, a freshman in Evergreen Valley High School, is a student of Sarvalagu Percussion Art Center and has been learning Mridangam from `Laya Kala Ratna’ Sri Ramesh Srinivasan, a leading disciple of Mridangam Maestro Late Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri Vellore G. Ramabhadran.

Akshay had his Mridangam Arangetram on January 03, 2013 at Tattvaloka, Chennai providing Mridangam accompaniment to Chitravina Solo concert by Sangeet Samrat Sri. Chitravina N. Ravikiran.

Akshay has been regularly providing Mridangam support in many programs and accompanying for concerts in Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana festival since 2011. Akshay has been accompanying Vocalists, Instrumentalists and Bharatanatyam programs in Bay area for the last five years.

In addition, Akshay has been accompanying in many Sabhas in the December music season in Chennai since 2013 for various vocalists and instrumentalists.

Also, Akshay learns vocal Carnatic music and is a student of Sri Paduka Academy. He also plays Alto Saxophone in the Symphonic band in his school.


Shreyas Srinivasan (Violin) 
Shreyas started learning Violin from Smt. Geetha Seshadri since an early age and currently learning from Kalaimamani Dr. Narmadha, daughter and disciple of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri. MSG. Shreyas is an 8th grader at Fallon Middle School in Dublin.

Achyut Srinivasan (Mrudangam)
Achyut started learning Mrudangam from Sri. Ramesh Srinivasan, Director of Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Center, since an early age. Achyut is a 5th grader at Dougherty Elementary School in Dublin.