LOTUS Feb 2012 monthly concert


TIME: 2.00 PM TO 5.00 PM

VENUE: Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Devasthanam

473-479 Los coches St,

Milpitas, CA 95035

Phone: 408-971-7852

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Spoorthi Davala (Vocal)

Vignesh Thyagarajan (Violin)

Arun Shriram (Mridangam)


Dr. Saravanapriyan Sriraman (Violin Solo)

Ravindrabharathy Sridharan (Mridangam)



Spoorthi Davala (Vocal)

Spoorthi Davala is a disciple of Smt. Shanthi Shriram founder and artistic director of Nadalaya School of Music. Smt Shanthi is a disciple of her mother and guru Smt. Lakshmi Sundaram and granddaughter of Sangeetha Vidwan Sri Sathur A.G. Subramaniam. Spoorthi has been an integral part of Nadalaya School’s performances in the Bay Area for past six years. She has been performing at various festivals including Thyagaraja aradhana, Purandaradasa Day, and Annamacharya Day to name a few. She has participated and won prizes in various competitions including Papanasam Sivan Krithis. Spoorthi had her first solo debut in April 2011 under the banner of Nadalaya. She also learns Kuchipudi classical dance from Guru Smt. Jyothi Lakkaraju. Spoorthi is a sophomore at Monta Vista High School and enjoys oil painting and volunteering in her spare time.

Vignesh Thyagarajan (Violin)

Vignesh Thyagarajan started learning carnatic vocal and violin at the age of 5 years with his mother Smt. Rama Thyagarajan and continued his learning with Shri.Susheela Narashimhan. Vignesh is currently under the tutelage of his uncle Vidwan Shri.Delhi P.Sunderrajan. Vignesh gave a solo performance under the banner of Lotus, a local organization in the Bay Area. Vignesh gave a solo performance in Margazhi Maha utsavam, dheemtana and also did a solo in the Swaralahari local community TV channel. Vignesh accompanied the Students of Neyveli Shri. Santanagopalan in Impart 25 USA, few dance ballets and talavadya kutcheris. Vignesh regularly accompanies the bay area music schools and carnatic chamber concerts.

Vignesh learns western violin through private lessons and he is in the Intermediate String Orchestra at California Youth Symphony (CYS).

Arun Shriram (Mridangam)

Arun Shriram is an eighth grader at Kennedy middle school. For the past six years, he has been learning Mridangam from his father and guru Shri. Shriram Brahmanandam. Shri Shriram is a disciple of Shri Harihara sharma, Shri C.V. Kuppuswami and Shri Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer. Arun is also the grandson of Lalgudi Smt. Srimathi Brahmanandam a renowned violinist.

He is also learning vocal music from his mother Smt. Shanthi Shriram. Arun bagged first place in sub-junior and junior Percussion categories at Cleveland Aradhana competitions. Arun has been performing at various Bay Area festivals including the San Francisco World Music Festival, SIFA, Badarikashrama, Trinity Center, and regularly accompanies junior artists.



Dr. Saravanapriyan Sriraman (Violin Solo)

Saravanapriyan learnt violin initially from Smt.Komalavalli Srinivasan and later under Shri.Tiruvarur Balasubramaniam and Shri.Tirupparkkadal S. Veeraghavan. He continues to advance his knowledge from Lalgudi Shri G. J. R. Krishnan since 2002. Saravanapriyan’s exposure to several distinguished violin styles has made him appreciate the intricacies and finer nuances of violin playing. He has received awards for Best Violinist from VDS Arts Academy and Mylapore Fine Arts (1992), India. In addition, Saravanapriyan is also a proficient and talented vocalist. Saravanapriyan has performed in numerous concerts in Chennai and in the USA and has received excellent reviews. He is an accomplished soloist as well as an accompanist. Saravanapriyan’s style of violin playing is noted highly for aesthetic sensitivity, tonal perfection and rich creativity. He has accompanied several leading musicians including Shri. T. V. Gopalakrishnan, Shri. Udayaalur Kalyanaraman, Sikkil Gurucharan, Smt. Manda Sudharani and several established artists in the Bay Area. Saravanapriyan recently performed for a relief-effort fund-raiser at Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram (San Ramon, CA) in 2011 and received rave reviews for his concert. In 2002, he was invited to compose and perform in part of a cadenza in Mozart’s 3rd Concerto with famed classical violinist Gilles Apap. In addition to concert performances, Saravanapriyan has arbitrated music events organized by CMANA (New Jersey) and is well known for his lecture-demonstrations in the UC-Santa Barbara Ethnomusicology Program. Saravanapriyan is a scientist by profession in the semiconductor industry and in his spare time he contributes to the propagation of Carnatic music in the Bay Area through his music school "Nada Lahari". Saravanapriyan's students have performed admirably and have also won awards in the Cleveland Aradhana and Sivan competitions.

Ravindrabharathy Sridharan (Mrdangam)

Ravi hails from the well-known ‘Embar’ family known for its involvement in Music and Spirituality. He had his mrudangam initiation under Sri M.A.Krishnamurthy in Mysore in 1980. He continues to further his knowledge under Sri Neyveli Narayanan, a prime disciple of both Sri Late Thanjavur Upendran and Sri Umayalpuram K Sivaraman. Ravi continues to accompany various leading musicians from India such as Sri Shankara Nambodari, his Mother Smt.Ranganayaki Sridharan, Sri Vidhyabhushana, Sri Ashok Ramani etc. In the Bay Area, he continues to accompany leading musicians for dance and regular concerts, including fund raisers. He has also been running a percussion school – Nadhopasana Academy of Fine Arts where he enjoys teaching this great art to selective students. His students have been consistently winning prizes in Mridangam competitions in US at Sivan Festival and Chicago Aaradhana. Some of his students are already sought after in the junior accompaniment segment. Ravi owes a lot to all his Gurus who have shared their knowledge, his parents for instilling passion and encouraging him in this great art, and to his family, for a wonderful support to pursue his passion.