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LOTUS November 2013 monthly concert

Date: saturday, november 16th, 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

Aarthi Venkat (Vocal)
Keerthi Sundaramurthy (Violin)
Arun Shriram (Mridangam)
1.15 - 2:00
Concert #2 - Junior

Vivrd Prasanna (Vocal)
Vignesh Thyagarajan (Violin)
Akshay Venkatesan (Mridangam)

 2:15 - 3:00
Concert #3 - Junior duet

Prathibha & Shubha Jagannatha (Vocal)
Keerthi Sundaramurthy (Violin)
Srivatsan Tennathur (Mrudangam)

 3:15 - 4:00



Aarthi Venkat (Vocal)

Aarthi Venkat is a Junior at Leland High School, and has been learning carnatic vocal music from Smt. Shanthi Shriram for around 4 years. Smt. Shanthi Shriram is the disciple of her mother and guru Smt. Lakshmi Sundaram, and the granddaughter Sangeetha Vidwan Sri Sathur A.G. Subramaniam, a great musician of yesteryears.

Aarthi has participated and won prizes in various competitions, including the Papanasam Sivan competition, OSAAT, and Naadanritya. She has performed in many Bay Area festivals including SIFA and Badrikashrama. Aarthi also participated in the Cleveland Aradhana competitions. Through her elementary and middle school years, Aarthi was a student of the Chinmaya Swaranjali group. Aarthi is a Chair has won prizes in the Speech and Debate Competitions, and enjoys playing the piano, participating in tennis.


Arun Shriram (Mridangam)

Arun Shriram is currently a sophomore at The Harker School. For the past nine years, he has been learning Mridangam from his father and guru Sri. Shriram Brahmanandam. Sri Shriram is a disciple of Sri Harihara Sharma, Sri C.V. Kuppuswami, and Sri Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer. Arun is also the grandson of Lalgudi Smt. Srimathi Brahmanandam, a renowned violinist. He is learning vocal music from his mother and guru Smt. Shanthi Shriram. Arun received first place in junior and sub-junior percussion categories in the last few Cleveland Aradhana competitions. Arun is performing in various Bay Area festivals including the San Francisco World Music Festival, SIFA, Badarikashrama, and Trinity Center. Arun regularly accompanies junior artists. In his spare time, Arun likes to draw and study about natural sciences.


Keerthi Sundaramurthy (Violin)

Keerthi Sundaramurthy is a Senior at Washington High School. She has been learning violin from Sri Saravanapriyan Sriraman, disciple of Sri Lalgudi GJR Krishnan, for 5 years. Apart from Violin, she learns carnatic vocal from Sri Ajay Namboodiri, disciple of Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan, over Skype. She has participated in the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana festival and was awarded 1st and 2nd prizes for senior category Violin. She has also won prizes in the Papanasam Sivan competition, and OSAAT. Keerthi has performed at various places like Lotus, Nandalala, and for several artists and school events in the Bay Area. Other than music, Keerthi plays Varsity tennis for her school team, and has been involved in Speech and Debate.

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Vivrd Prasanna (Vocal)

Vivrd Prasanna  is a  sixth grader at Pine Valley Middle  School , San Ramon and has been learning  vocal music for the past 7 yrs. Vivrd started learning vocal carnatic with Smt. Geetha Iyer (Geetha Vidyalaya)  and is now learning from  Sri Paduka Academy.   

Vivrd also learns to play the  Veena from  Sri Srikanth Chary and Mirudangam from Sri Ramesh Srinivasan. Vivrd also plays piano in his school orchestra band.

Vivrd has participated  in several Bay Area music events and  won several prizes at music events in  Cleveland Aradhana, Osaat, Papanasam Sivan festival.


Vignesh Thyagarajan (Violin)

Vignesh Thyagarajan hails from a family of musicians belonging to the lineage of Flute Maestro Bramhasri Saraba Sastrigal and started learning Carnatic vocal and violin at the age of 5 years with his mother Smt. Rama Thyagarajan. Vignesh is currently under the tutelage of Vidwan Shri.Delhi P.Sunderrajan.

Vignesh is a sought after violinist in the Bay Area music community. He regularly accompanies for Bay Area music schools and other organizations. In addition to accompanying in the Bay Area, Vignesh has accompanied numerous visiting Indian artists. He has given many solo violin concerts as well, and had the privilege of playing a duet with his guru, Delhi Sri. P. Sunderrajan in the year of 2013. Vignesh regularly visits Chennai for the December Music Season to accompany leading musicians.


Akshay Venkatesan (Mridangam)

Akshay Venkatesan 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. He was blessed with having Dr. Balamuralikrishna as Distinguished Guest of Honor and Sri. N. Gopalaswami 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, director of Sri Paduka Academy. His other activities include playing tennis and basketball as well as saxophone in his school band. He is going to 7th  grade to Chaboya middle school.

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Pratibha Jagannatha and Shubha Jagannatha (Vocal)

Pratibha Jagannatha is a 11th grade student and Shubha Jagannatha is a 9th grade student, both at Mission SanJose High School, Fremont CA. From an early age, Pratibha & Shubha have been interested in learning and listening to Carnatic music. Over the past 6yrs, they have been receiving vocal lessons from Guru Smt. Hema Sista.

Pratibha and Shubha have won prizes in Bay area music events, such as, OSAAT and Papanasam Sivan Festival. They were both part of the Cleveland Aradhana Sustaining Sampradaya – Gems from Karnataka concert in 2011. They have performed at several Bay area venues, such as SRFinearts, Carnatic Chamber Concerts (CCC), Sangeethalaya School productions and temple events. During their visit to India in summer of 2011, they gave performances at the Balamuri Ganesha temple, Bangalore and, the Vasudeva Gana Mandira at Vadiraja Kala Bhavana, Bangalore. 

Pratibha and Shubha also learn Bharathanatyam from Guru. Nirupama Vidyanathan. Shubha also learns Veena from Guru. Srikanth Chary and has won second place in Veena Krithi competition during the most recent 2013-Cleveland Aradhana festival. Learning these art forms have helped enhance their overall understanding and appreciation of music.



Keerthi Sundaramurthy (Violin)

Keerthi Sundaramurthy is a Senior at Washington High School. She has been learning violin from Sri Saravanapriyan Sriraman, disciple of Sri Lalgudi GJR Krishnan, for 5 years. Apart from Violin, she learns carnatic vocal from Sri Ajay Namboodiri, disciple of Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan, over Skype. She has participated in the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana festival and was awarded 1st and 2nd prizes for senior category Violin. She has also won prizes in the Papanasam Sivan competition, and OSAAT. Keerthi has performed at various places like Lotus, Nandalala, and for several artists and school events in the Bay Area. Other than music, Keerthi plays Varsity tennis for her school team, and has been involved in Speech and Debate.

 
Srivatsan Tennathur (Mrudangam)

Srivatsan has been learning Mrudangam for the past five years under the able tutelage of Sri. Ramesh Srinivasan of the Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Centre. Srivatsan has been learning vocal carnatic music since age five and this strong musical training informs his Mrudangam playing style. He is also a beginning Vainika. He loves to play Mrudangam and has been regularly accompanying various budding artists as well as senior students of music around the Bay Area. 

Srivatsan is a freshman at Cupertino High and is an athlete who plays a variety of sports. In his spare time. he likes to attend concerts, hang out with friends and his younger brother Anujan.