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LOTUS SPECIAL GURU VANDANA concert for May 2010

Date: May 15th, 2.00 PM to 5.00 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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Special Concert - 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM


Dr. Ushalakshmi Krishnamoorthi

Violin: Lakshmi Balasubrahmaniya

Mridangam: Ramesh Srinivasan

Khanjira: Ganesh Ram



Dr. Ushalakshmi Krishnamoorthi began her musical training at the tender age of 5. She had her initial training from Shri K. A. Venkatesan chief disciple of Alathur Brothers and later Shri M. Rajappa of Mumbai.

Dr Ushalakshmi was awarded the Government of India scholarship during the years 1975 & 1976, since then the innovative Carnatic musician T.R.Subramanyam has been her guide. She did Siromani and M.A(Music) from Delhi University and secured gold medals. She has also done MPhil & Ph.D. in Music.

She has given many concerts to rave reviews all over the world and has received many awards. She performed in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana in 2010. Smt. Ushlakshmi has also performed on many occasions on AIR and TV.

You can also find more information on her website at http://www.ushalakshmi.com


Violin: Lakshmi Balasubrahmaniya
A good Violinist with more than 800 concerts to her credit, Lakshmi has received guidance from Prof. H.V. Krishnamurthy, Vid. S.V.Narayan and Vid. H.K. Venkataram . A young artiste of very high potential, she has performed and accompanied numerous artists all over the country including Vid. TV Gopalakrishnan, Vid RK Srikanthan, Vid. Seetalakshmi Venkatesan, Vid RA Ramamani and others. Lakshmi has received awards and honors including Ananya Pratibhe Award and the Prathibakankshi awards.  Best  violinist  award from : Ananya Cultural Academy, Malleshwaram Sangeeta Sabha, Gayana Samaja , Nadajyoti Sangeeta  Sabha,Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat and many others. She has a rare distinction of obtaining the 1 rank in Junior, Senior and Vidwat Music Exams. She is also an A B-High grade artist of All India Radio.



Mridangam: Ramesh Srinivasan
Ramesh is the leading disciple of Mridangam Maestro Sangita Kalanidhi Shri Vellore G. Ramabhadran and is the recipient of the prestigious ‘Laya Kala Rathna’ award for the year 2007, by Sriragam Fine Arts, Chennai. He was awarded the 1st rank in the preliminary AIR (All India Radio) Music Competition in the entire Southern Region of India in I984. He has performed at Music Academy and other Sabhas in Chennai on several occasions as well as numerous organizations abroad. Ramesh has the unique honor & privilege of performing in the inaugural show of Festival of India in US in New York State at Syracuse in 1986.


Prominent Carnatic musicians Ramesh has accompanied include, Sangita Kalanidhi R.K.Srikantan, Sangita Kalanidhi T.K. Govinda Rao, Sangita Kalanidhi B. Rajam Iyer, Senior Violin Vidwan Parur M.S.Anantharaman, Chitravina Ravikiran, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Dr. Pramila Gurumurthy, Papanasam Ashok Ramani, Smt. S.Soumya & Carnatica Brothers among others.


Ramesh was part of the “Panchakriya Super JugalBandhi Ensemble” including Chitravina Ravikiran and Santoor Maestro Tarun Bhattacharya providing Mridangam support at multiple venues in N. America. He has also performed in JugalBandhi/Fusion concerts with Sitar Virtuoso Ustad Habib Khan, Tabla Maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhri and in Jazz concerts with Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque. Ramesh has researched and tried designing software named "Rhythm Generator” - with the goal of generating "rhythmic scores" for basic thalas, using simulation, modeling and AI (Artificial Intelligence) techniques as part of his B.Tech thesis in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India.

Ramesh’s style is noted for sensitivity to music and highly proactive support. He runs a percussion school “Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Center” in San Francisco Bay Area.


Khanjira: Ganesh Ram

Ganesh studied mridangam from the late Sangita Kalanidhi Sri Palghat Raghu and Ghatam vidwan Sri T. H. Subhashchandran. Starting in 2007, he started training himself in khanjira by listening to recordings of the late Sri. G. Harishankar. Ganesh frequently accompanies both local and visiting musicians on both the mridangam and khanjira. He has also studied vocal music from a variety of teachers, notably Smt. Padma Srinivasan of NJ and Sri. P. S. Narayanaswami.
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