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LOTUS June 2013 monthly concert

Date: saturday, June 15th, 2013

TIME: 1.15 PM to 4.00 PM

VENUE:  SANATHANA DHARMA KENDRA

193 Commercial St,

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.



Concert #1 - Junior

Sahana Prasanna (Vocal)
Sruthi Sarathy (Violin)
Akshay Venkatesan (Mrudangam)
1.15 - 2:00
Concert #2 - Junior

Durga Ganesh (Vocal)
Susheela Narasimhan (Violin)
Natarajan Srinivasan (Mrdangam)


 2:15 - 3:00
Concert #3 - Junior

Raghav Ganesh (Vocal)
Durga Ganesh (Violin)
Natarajan Srinivasan (Mrdangam)


 3:15 - 4:00


Sahana Prasanna

Sahana Prasanna has been learning Carnatic Music for the past 6 years. She is currently under the tutelage of Smt.Vasudha Ravi after her initial guidance from Smt. Shanthi Shriram.

Sahana has performed in many Bay area events including recent concert for Nandalala Youth Mission. She has won prizes in music competitions, Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Papanasam Sivan Festival to name a few. Sahana was one of the finalists from Bay Area in the Carnatic Music Idol USA 2012 organized by Jaya T.V. She is also an active participant in Chinmaya Mission's Swaranjali. Sahana's other interests include Western Violin, Soccer and books. Sahana is a 5th Grader at Regnart Elementary School in Cupertino.


Sruthi Sarathy (Violin)

Sruti Sarathy has been a student of Smt. Anuradha Sridhar, daughter and disciple of Lalgudi Srimathi Brahmanandam, for ten years. She has won many prizes in competitions, including the Tambura prize at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana. She has given several performances in various cities in the US and in Chennai. In August 2012, Sruti received the Best Violinist award in the Spirit of Youth Festival conducted by the Music Academy.


Akshay Venkatesan (Mridangam)

Akshay Venkatesan, a 6th grader in James Franklin Smith Elementary school, started learning mridangam at Sarvalghu Percussion Art Center, San Jose, CA at the age of 5 under the able guidance of `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. He was blessed to accompany Sri. Chitravina N. Ravikiran on Chitravina, Dr. Karthick on Ghatam and Kum. Akkarai Subhalakshmi on Violin. Also, he was blessed with having Dr. Balamuralikrishna as Distinguished Guest of Honor and Sri. N. Gopalaswami (Former Chief election commissioner of India) as Chief Guest.

Akshay has participated in April 2011 Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana `Sustaining Sampradaya Concert’ and Carnatic Symphony in 2013. Akshay has been accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists in Bay area for the last three years. In addition, Akshay learns vocal carnatic music from Sri. Hari Devanath. His other activities include playing tennis and basketball as well as saxophone in his school band. He also participates in Odyssey of Mind science program in his school team.