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LOTUS May Monthly Concert 2015

Date: saturday, may 23rd, 2015

TIME: 1.30 PM to 4.30 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        1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Preetika Ashok (Vocal)
Sanjna Aravind (Violin)
Akashay Venkatesan (Mrudangam)


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

Abirami Sambamoorthy (Vocal)
Keerthi Sundaramurthy (Violin)
Akashay Venkatesan (Mrudangam)


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

Maya Jeyendran (Hindustani Violin)
Adittya Srivatsan (Tabla)
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Preetika Ashok (Vocal)
Preetika Ashok is a 7th grader in Chaboya Middle School, Evergreen San Jose. She learns Carnatic Music from Smt. Vasudha Ravi and Veena from Mr. Srikanth Chary. Preetika has won many prizes in Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Papanasam Sivan Competition and Kala Aradhana. She also plays flute in her school band. She loves to play tennis and read fantasy books. 


Sanjna Aravind (Violin)
Sanjna Arvind learns from her father, Sri Arvind Lakshmikanthan, a student of Lalgudi Smt. Srimathi Brahmanandam. Sanjna performs in music events in the Bay Area and has also performed in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana festival. She performs as a soloist as well as an accompanist. Sanjna is a senior at Lynbrook High School.


Akashay Venkatesan (Mrudangam)
Akshay Venkatesan, an 8th grader in Chaboya Middle 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 has been accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists in Bay area for the last four years. In addition, Akshay has been accompanying in many Sabhas in the December music season in Chennai since 2013 for various vocal and instrumentalists.

Akshay also learns vocal Carnatic music and is a student of Sri Paduka Academy. His other activities include playing tennis and basketball as well as saxophone in his school band and participation in Science Olympiad.

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Abirami Sambamoorthy (Vocal)

Abirami Sambamoorthy is a 10th grader at Mountain House High School. She has been a student at Sri Paduka Academy for 7 years. She has participated in various music events in the Bay Area. She plays the tenor saxophone in her school’s jazz, concert and marching bands. She is also actively involved in robotics and Decathlon, and is the president of her school’s Asian Culture club. She has a great interest in learning new languages, and is currently learning Japanese and German. She practices yoga and meditation regularly.

Keerthi Sundaramurthy (Violin)

Keerthi Sundaramurthy is 19 years old and is a Sophomore at UC Berkeley.
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 for several organizations and school events in the Bay Area. Keerthi is also a carnatic vocalist and is a student of Sri Ajay Namboodiri, disciple of Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan.

Akashay Venkatesan (Mrudangam)

Akshay Venkatesan, an 8th grader in Chaboya Middle 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 has been accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists in Bay area for the last four years. In addition, Akshay has been accompanying in many Sabhas in the December music season in Chennai since 2013 for various vocal and instrumentalists.

Akshay also learns vocal Carnatic music and is a student of Sri Paduka Academy. His other activities include playing tennis and basketball as well as saxophone in his school band and participation in Science Olympiad.

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Maya Jeyendran (Hindustani Violin)
Maya Jeyendran is a student of violin maestro Vidushi Kala Ramnath, torch bearer and leading disciple of Pandit Jasraj of the Mewati gharana. Maya's initial training on the violin began at the age of 5, in Carnatic music in the Lalgudi tradition, and she was blessed to be a student Guru Anuradha Sridhar. Maya switched her focus to Hindustani classical about 4 years ago with the guidance of her guru Kala-ji, whom she is forever indebted to for teaching her the values of hard work, patience, and perseverance. Maya is also learning Hindustani vocal music from Guru Sandeep Ranade. Maya is currently a junior at The Harker School and she enjoys running, math, and spending time with her puppy in her spare time.


Adittya Srivatsan (Tabla)
Aditya Srivatsan, a junior studying Biomechanical Engineering at Stanford University, has been learning tabla for the past eleven years from Guru Pandit Shantilal Shah, a much sought after tabla teacher and accompanist and a disciple of Taal Yogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. Aditya has had the opportunity to attend tabla workshops conducted by Ustad Zakir Hussain and workshops with Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. Aditya was selected as a 2014 Indian Raga Fellow and also won first place in the 2012 Cleveland Thyagaraja Music Festival for both the tabla Solo and accompaniment competitions. He has had the honor of accompanying Neyveli Sri. R. Santhanagopalan as well as Sri Vittal Ramamurthy and has performed extensively in the US as well as in Chennai, India.

Aditya also plays Western Classical Violin and is a member of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.