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Lotus June 2012 monthly concert

Date: saturday, June 16th, 2012

time: 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM

VENUE:  SANATHANA DHARMA KENDRA

897 Kifer Road, Suite 1, (inside RTS Building Complex)

Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Phone: (408) 481-9242

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These are free events. All are welcome. Please feel free to spread this message to your friends and relatives.

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Junior Concert #1: 2.00 PM to 2.45 PM
Adarsh Ramchandran (Vocal)
Vignesh Thyagarajan (Violin)
Gopal Ravindhran (Mridangam)

Junior Concert #2: 3.00 PM to 3.45 PM
Badri Narayanan (Veena)
Chinmai Raman (Mridangam)


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Adarsh Ramchandran (Vocal)
Adarsh Ramchandran has been learning vocal Carnatic music for almost five years from Sri. Hari Devanath. He was initiated into Carnatic music at the age of six by Smt. Nandini Ramamurthi. Adarsh has participated in all his school (Sri Paduka Academy) events and in other community events such as Ramanavami in Badarikashrama, SIFA Thyagaraja Day, Mahashiavaratri function at Kaaleshwar Mandir, Navarathri Cultural festival at Fremont Temple, Lotus Vasantha festival and CCC in Fremont. He has won prizes in both solo and group categories in Bay Area music competitions such Papanasam Sivan, Naada Nrithya and OSAAT. In addition to vocal music, Adarsh has also been learning to play mridangam from Sri. Gopi Lakshminarayan for the past three years. He will be a freshman at Irvington High School in August 2012. In his spare time, Adarsh likes to read books, play sports and root for the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.

Vignesh Thyagarajan (Violin)
Vignesh Thyagarajan started learning Carnatic vocal and violin at the age of 5 with his mother, Smt. Rama Thyagarajan and continued his learning with Smt. Susheela Narasimhan. Vignesh is currently under the tutelage of his uncle Vidwan Shri. Delhi P. Sunderrajan. Vignesh performed as a soloist for several Bay Area organizations such as LOTUS, DheemTana and the SwaraLahari local TV community channel. He also played the violin as an accompanying artist for the students of Shri. Neyveli Santhanagopalan during the IMPART 25 USA program in 2010 and for several dance ballet performances, Tala Vadya Kutcheris and for Margazhi MahaUtsavam. Vignesh regularly accompanies the bay area music schools' performing artists and the Carnatic Chamber Concerts. Vignesh learns western violin through private lessons and he is in the Intermediate String Orchestra at California Youth Symphony (CYS).

Gopal Ravindhran (Mridangam)
Gopal Ravindhran has been under the tutelage of Sri Ravindra Bharathy Sridharan for the past 9 years. In addition, he has attended special sessions with Sri Neyveli Narayanan. Gopal has been a sought after accompanist for various musical schools in Bay Area and has been performing regularly in Chennai for the past couple of years. He has also been a active performer in his Guru, Ravi's school, Nadhopasana Academy of Fine Arts. He has won several prizes in competitions conducted in the bay area, Chicago and Cleveland. In 2009 he had his Mrudangam Arangetram , accompanying Vidwan Sri Delhi Sunderajan on Vocal , Vidwan Sri Vittal Ramamurthy on the violin, and Vidwan Sri A.MahaDevan on the Morsing. Gopal is a sophomore at Irvington High in Fremont .

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BadriNarayanan Krishnan (Veena)
Badri initially began learning Veena at the age of 8 under Smt. Bhagirathi Seshappan. For the past 8 years Badri has been very fortunate to come under the tutelage of Sri Srikanth Chary of the Lalgudi Style, and continues to work with his guru to further his pursuit in Carnatic Music. Along with being trained in Carnatic Music, Badri has also learnt the guitar and also has an interest in Modern Western Music . Badri is now a freshman at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign planning to pursue a degree in Engineering.

Chinmai Raman (Mridangam)
Chinmai, a Senior at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, is a disciple of Shri. Thiruvarur Bakthavatsalam. Chinmai has accompanied talented students from several music schools as well as senior musicians at different venues across California. He has performed at Stanford Radio, Swaralahari TV, LOTUS and Nandalala mission programs. He is part of an instrumental Band, CMIE that has given several performances in the Bay Area. He is also part of the Pallavi band that raises funds for various charitable causes. Chinmai learns vocal music from Shri. Hari Devanath.