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LOTUS Nov Monthly Concert 2015

please note the change in venue for this month's concert

Date: saturday, NOV 21st, 2015

TIME: 1.30 PM to 4.30 PM

VENUE: Sri Raja RajesHwari temple 

2350 Paragon Drive

San Jose, CA 95131

Phone: (510) 598 5157

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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

Adithi Tirumalai (Vocal)
Keshavan Srivatsan(Violin)
Akshay Venkatesan (Mrudangam)


Concert #2 - Senior        2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Manasa Suresh (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy (Violin)
Ajay Gopi (Mrudangam)


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Adithi​ Tirumalai​ (Vocal)
Adithi​ Tirumalai​ has been learning​ carnatic​ vocal​ music​ under the tutelage of Smt. Subhapriya Srivatsan who underwent extensive​ training​ under ​eminent musicians such as her father, Divyanamasankeertanam exponent Thiruvaiyaru Sri. S. R. Krishnan, ​Sangeetha Kalanidhi Professor S. Ramanathan, Sangitha Kalanidhi Sri. KV Narayanaswamy, ​Vairamangalam Sri Lakshminarayanan and Smt. Jayalakshmi Santhanam​. Adithi is also blessed to be under the guidance of Vidwan Sri. Hemmige V. Srivatsan who is a leading exponent of the Ariyakudi​ Ramanuja Iyengar and KV​ Narayanaswamy​ vocal tradition.​ In addition to vocal music,​ Adithi also learns veena from​ Vidwan​ Sri. Mahidhar Thirumala.  

Currently Adithi is a junior at Wilcox High school in Santa Clara and is an avid swimmer on her school's varsity team. 


Keshavan Narayanan Srivatsan (Violin)
Keshavan Narayanan Srivatsan is a Carnatic vocalist and violinist, belonging to the Legendary Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar & Palghat K.V. Narayanaswamy Lineage. He has been training in vocal music under his parents Smt. Subhapriya K. Srivatsan and Hemmige Sri V. Srivatsan since a very young age and continues to train on the violin with his father. Keshavan has also had the rare privilege of learning with illustrious musicians such as Vidushi Smt. Padma Narayanaswamy (his Parama-guru-pathni), Vidushi Smt. Jayalakshmi Santhanam and Vidwan Sri R.K. Shriramkumar. Keshavan is a 9th grader at Branham High School.


Akshay Venkatesan (Mrudangam)
Akshay Venkatesan, an upcoming 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 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 and instrumentalists 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.
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Manasa Suresh  (Vocal)
Manasa Suresh was initiated into Carnatic music under her mother, Anu Suresh. Since 2008, Manasa has been under the guidance of Padmabhushan Sri. P. S. Narayanaswamy, Chennai. She also learns from Kunnakudi M. Balamurali Krishna, one of the prime disciples of Padmabhushan Sri. P. S. Narayanaswamy.

Manasa has won many prizes over the years, most recently the first prize at the Times Thyagaraja Awards held at the Music Academy in 2015. She has also performed at various venues in the US, UK, and India. A 2013-2014 Fulbright scholar for Carnatic music and a graded artist of All India Radio, Chennai, Manasa currently works in the biotech field and serves as a faculty member in Carnatic music at Shruthi Swara Laya, CA.


Sruti Sarathy (Violin)
Sruti Sarathy, equally talented in vocal and violin, hails from the Lalgudi bani. She is a student of Smt. Anuradha Sridhar, daughter and disciple of Lalgudi Srimathi Brahmanandam. Sruti is a graded vocal artiste of All India Radio, Chennai. She has won the “Best Violinist” award at the 2012 Spirit of Youth festival conducted by the Madras Music Academy, and has performed at their HCL Concert Series. She has won many prestigious prizes, awards and scholarships at various competitions over the past several years, and has performed extensively in Chennai and in the USA. She has accompanied many senior and upcoming artists.


Ajay Gopi (Mrudangam)
Ajay Gopi has been learning mridangam for past 6 years from his father Sri. Gopi Lakshminarayanan, disciple of late Sri. Kumbakonam NarayanaSwamy Iyer. He also gets additional training from Sri. Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar, disciple of Sri. Palghat Raghu. Ajay had his arangetram on July, 2013 with Sri. Neyveli Santhanagopalan on the vocal and Sri. Hemmige V. Srivatsan on the violin. Ajay played junior level concerts during December Music Season, 2013. Ajay regularly accompanies younger upcoming artists in bay area in organizations such as Carnatic Chamber Concerts, Swara Lahari, Lotus, SR Fine Arts, Nandhalala and Trivalley music circle.

Ajay has won many Mridangam competitions such as Cleveland Aradhana, Tambaram Music Circle (India), Papanasam Sivan competitions, OSAAT, Nada nritya, etc. Ajay is a senior and he also learns Carnatic Vocal at Sri Paduka Academy and Neyveli Gurukulam.
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