LOTUS October 2018 monthly concerts

Date: saturday, october 20th, 2018

TIME: 1.30 PM to 4.30 PM

Venue: SANATHANA DHARMA KENDRA


3102 Landess Ave,

San Jose, CA 95132

Phone: 408 481 9242

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All are welcome to attend these free concerts. Please feel free to spread this message to your friends and relatives.



Concert #1 - Junior        1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Bhargavi Suresh (Vocal)
Aparna Ganapathi (Violin)
Rajeev Devanath (Mirudangam)


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

Sripradha Manikantan (Vocal)
Srishiva (Violin)
Avinash (Mridangam)



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

Priyanka Balaji (Vocal)
Aishwarya Anand (Violin)
Vivek Arvind (Mridangam)

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Bhargavi Suresh (Vocal)

Bhargavi Suresh is a seventh grader at Chaboya middle school. Bhargavi started learning carnatic vocal music at the age of four from Smt.Vaidhehi Sudarshan. She is currently continuing carnatic vocal classes from Dr.Shri.K.N.Shashikiran and Smt.Krithika Rajagopal. She recently started taking veena lessons from Smt.Anuradha Sundar.
Bhargavi participated Carnatic Symphony which is the brain child of her guru Dr.Shri.K.N.Shashikiran and Sustaining Sampradayam  at Clevelan Thyagaraja festival. She also participated and won prizes in Sangeeth Samraat and Sivan festival. Bhargavi also performed in Sarvalaghu Summer Series house concerts conducted by Sarvalaghu Percussion art center.
She enjoys bharathanatyam and learns from Guru Smt.Selvi pragasam. Her favourite pass time is playing and talking with her friends.  


Aparna Ganapathi (Violin)

Aparna started learning violin from Vid. Kanchana Sriranjani when she was 4 and continues to learn from her first guru.
She began learning “manodharma” from guru Vid. Sandhya Srinath about 2 years ago.
She has accompanied many young musicians and bharatanatyam dance troupes of the bay area. KKUP FM91.5 introduced her as an accompanist during their 2017 annual event.
She also plays the Western Violin.
Aparna is a Freshman in Evergreen Valley High School, San Jose.
She has participated/won prizes in KalaAaradhana and other contes


Rajeev Devanath (Mirudangam)

Rajeev Devanath is a fifth grader at Laurelwood Elementary school  . He has been learning mirudangam from Sri Ramesh Srinivasan at Sarvalaghu Percussion Arts Center. He was initiated to mirudangam when he was five years old.  He also learns vocal music from Sri Paduka Academy. 
Rajeev has participated on mirudangam in Cleveland events Sustaining Sampradayam, ThakaDhimi Thakita, Namasankeerthanam.  He is also grateful to local organizations Sarvalaghu Sarvakala Series (SSS), Carnatic Chamber COncert (CCC )and  Tri Valley Music Circle (TVMC) for opportunities to accompany. 
He enjoys participating in music events as a group or as an individual. Rajeev enjoys playing with his friends, writing his own picture books and playing with circuits when he finds the time.


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Sripradha Manikantan (Vocal)

Sripradha is a 7th grader at Merryhill Middle School,  Milpitas.  She learns Carnatic music under the tutelage of Shri Hari Devenath and Shri Vivek Sundararaman of Sri Paduka Academy. She has participated in various music events in bay area and Cleveland.

She also learns Veena and Piano.She has completed ABRSM exams until grade 6 in Piano with merit and distinction.

Other than music, Sripradha plays tennis and loves to read books.


Srishiva (Violin)
Srishiva is a Junior in Piedmont Hills High School, San Jose. He began his violin journey under the tutelage of Sri Saravanapriyan Sriraman. He is currently under the guidance of Sri. Shertalai Sivakumar following the lineage of Sri. Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. Srishiva has been regularly accompanying vocalists on the violin in the bay area.

He also learns Carnatic music from Sri Ajay Namboodiri, a senior disciple of Sri. Neyveli Santhanagopalan and has given concerts in bay area youth organizations.

He also learns piano and has given many recitals; he has completed ABRSM exams until grade 7.


Avinash (Mridangam)
Avinash, is a 9th grader who is learning Mridangam for the past 7 years from Shri Ramesh Srinivasan, Director of Sarvalaghu Percussion Arts Center, San Jose.

With his guru's blessings Avinash had his Mridangam arangetram with Sri Chitravina Ravikiran. Avinash also accompanied Sri Chitravina N Ravikiran on a full length concert in MITHAS, Boston this November. 

Avinash is also learning Vocal music from Sri. Vivek Sundararaman and Sri Hari Devnath, Director of Sri Paduka Academy.

He has participated and won prizes in Cleveland Aradhana and Bay area competitive events.

Apart from music, he plays badminton and enjoys reading books.

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Priyanka Balaji (Vocal)

Priyanka Balaji is a 7th grader in Lawson Middle School. She started learning Carnatic vocal music under Kalaimamani Smt. Yogam Santhanam, MLV School of Music for a period of 6 years. Priyanka is currently a student of “Sudhaarnava - Academy for Musical Excellence”, under the guidance of Padmabhushan Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. Sudha Ragunathan and tutelage by her disciple Kumari Deepika Varadarajan. Priyanka has performed in various bay area music events such as SIFA and LOTUS Thyagaraja Aradhana festivals, CCC, Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Navarathri festival concerts and temple programmes. 

Priyanka is an avid Table Tennis Player and has won Leagues. She learns Western Violin and enjoys playing in her
School Orchestra.


Aishwarya Anand (Violin)

Aishwarya Anand is a vocal and violin disciple of Guru Smt. Anuradha Sridhar. She is the great granddaughter of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri.T.K.Jayarama Iyer. Aishwarya also plays the western violin.


Vivek Arvind (Mridangam)

Vivek Arvind is a sixth grader at Cupertino Middle School and learns mridangam from Sri Ganesh Ramanarayanan. Vivek accompanies bay area carnatic vocalists and instrumentalists at their respective school events and other events such as annual navarathri festival concerts, house concerts, OSAAT, and at CCC.

Vivek also enjoys playing tennis and solving puzzles.