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LOTUS Oct Monthly Concert 2015

Date: saturday, october 10th, 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

Apurvaa Anand (Vocal)
Surabi Murali (Violin)
Vignesh Venkataraman (Mrudangam)


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

Subiksha Kothandaraman (Vocal)
Keerthi Sundaramurthy (Violin)
Amit Ranganathan (Mrudangam)

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Apurvaa Anand (Vocal)

Apurvaa Anand is a disciple of Guru Smt. Anuradha Sridhar, the founder and director of Trinity Center for Music. She has been learning both Carnatic vocal and violin for the past 7 years. Apurvaa has been a part of several school productions including the San Francisco World Music Festival, Guru Samarpanam , Violin Vibhavam and most recently Trinity's 25th anniversary show - Passionate Pursuit in India and USA. She has won prizes at Papanasam Sivan festival and Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana. 

Apurvaa also plays the western violin and is a first violin for the California Youth Symphony and for her school orchestra. Apurvaa is the great granddaughter of the Vadya Vrinda Vidwan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi (Late) Sri.T.K.Jayarama Iyer. She is currently a 9th grader at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, CA.


Surabi Murali (Violin)

Surabi Murali started her Carnatic Violin training in Trinity Center for Music at the age of 7 under Guru Smt. Anuradha Sridhar. She has participated in many school shows, most recently in the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of Trinity Center for Music, touring three cities in India with a grand finale in San Jose. She has also participated in the Papanasam Sivan Competition and has been part of the youth orchestra of San Francisco World Music Festival for the past 3 years.

Apart from Indian music, Surabi is also trained in Western Classical Violin and plays for several symphonies and orchestras, including California Youth Symphony and her high school orchestra.

Surabi is a sophomore at Cupertino High School, and enjoys swimming, skiing and creatively writing in her free time.


Vignesh Venkataraman (Mridangam)

Vignesh Venkataraman, a graduate student at Stanford University, is a mridangam artist hailing from Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman’s school of music. Vignesh was initiated into playing mridangam by Sri Anand Iyer, also from the same school. Over a period of 5 years, Vignesh traveled to India every summer to undergo advanced training under the tutelage of Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman.

Vignesh has accompanied various artists, including many senior musicians, in numerous concerts all over the US and in India. He won the Best Mridangist award at the Spirit of Youth festival held by the Madras Music Academy in 2013.

Vignesh is also learning vocal Carnatic music from Smt. Meena Kothandaraman, a disciple of Sri M.S. Anantharaman, and more recently from violinist Sri R.K. Shriramkumar.
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Subiksha Kothandaraman (Vocal)

Smt. K Subiksha has had her musical training under Smt. Lalitha Sivakumar for the past 15 years and her music reflects the D.K. Pattammal bani with clear diction and perfect sruthi alignment. Subiksha has won various awards and prizes including the best vocalist award from Sri Parthasarathy swami sabha. She is also a recipient of the Bharat Kalachar scholarship and is a graded artist of the All India Radio. Subiksha has been performing widely all over india as well as abroad. A chemical engineer by profession, Subiksha is currently pursuing music as her full time career. SaReGaMa has recently released an audio CD titled Thulasidala in Dec-2011.


Keerthi Sundaramurthy (Violin)
Keerthi Sundaramurthy is a Sophomore at UC Berkeley pursuing Pschycology and Cognitive science as her majors. 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 in and around Bay Area and Sacramento. Keerthi is also a carnatic vocalist and is a student of Sri Ajay Namboodiri, disciple of Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan.


Amit Ranganathan (Mrudangam)

Amit Ranganathan is a disciple of Sri. Ravindra Bharathi Sridharan. Amit performed his arangetram accompanying Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan Sir and has been accompanying musicians and students of various San Francisco Bay Area music schools. He has played under the auspices of several organizations including LOTUS and SRFA. He has also played for Bharatanatyam arangetram and dance programs in the Bay Area as well as in Sacramento.

Amit has been performing during Navarathri Festival, the Chennai December season and in Fremont Margazhi Utsavam. He has also participated in the Carnatic youth festival NCYCAC in North Carolina and SRFA in San Jose.

Amit has won the junior, senior and accompaniment awards at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival competitions.

In addition to learning mridangam, Amit has learnt Carnatic vocal music from Smt. Jayashree Varadarajan. Amit is a freshman in San Jose State University and continues to accompany on a regular basis.
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