Lotus monthly concert for Aug 2010



897 Kifer Road, Suite 1, (inside RTS Building Complex)

Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Phone: (408) 481-9242

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Sandesh Rallapalli (Vocal)

Vinay Raghuram (Violin)

Arjun Haran (Mridangam)


Medha Korwar - Vocal

Vikas Yendluri - Tabla

Shishir Neelakant - Harmonium


Shishir Neelakant - Vocal

Vikas Yendluri - Tabla

Medha Korwar - Harmonium


Sandesh Rallapalli (Vocal)

Sandesh Rallapalli, a senior at Archbishop Mitty High School, has been learning Carnatic vocal music from Smt. Jayashree Varadarajan, Founder Director of Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandir School of Fine Arts for the past eleven years. Sandesh has participated in all major school productions such as “Keepers of the Flame”, and the school’s 25th anniversary

Kalavandana” celebrations. In addition, Sandesh has performed in many functions in the Bay Area, including Thyagaraja aradhana by SIFA, Purandaradasa Day at the Badarikashrama, Ramanavami celebrations at Livermore, Concord Temples and Annamacharya Day by Silicon Andhra. Sandesh has accompanied Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandir school’s students on flute for many music productions such as “Bhajana Sandhya” and “Kala Vandana”. Sandesh has also won prizes in music competitions such as Papanasam Sivan’s competition and Natya Raaga competition to name a few. At school, Sandesh plays the Baritone Saxophone and flute in the jazz and the orchestra bands. He regularly participates in his school’s musicals and music festivals. He received recognition with command performance on flute in the 2006 CMEA Solo festival. In addition, Sandesh is an avid snow-boarder.

Vinay Raghuram (Violin)

Vinay Raghuram, 17, a senior at Monta Vista High school in Cupertino, started learning carnatic violin from Dr. Susheela Narasimhan from 2004. His journey in carnatic music started with vocal in 2002 and is currently learning from his aunt Vidhushi Usha Char of Washington DC. He has given several individual full length vocal concerts and accompanied on violin in US and India at venues like Sri Venkateshwara Temple at Pittsburg, JSS Spiritual Mission, Lotus Temple, and Nadatarangini at Washington DC, Swara Lahari community TV, Lotus events and chamber concerts in the bay area, Ayyanar College for Music, and Balaji Sangeetha Vidyalaya in Bangalore, India.

Arjun Haran (Mridangam)

Arjun Haran began learning to play the mridangam at 8 years of age from Ravi Sridharan and currently learns from Vidwan Mannargudi Sri Easwaran. Arjun has performed at many fundraisers accompanying various teachers, as well as youth talents on the violin, flute, vocal and veena in the Bay area. In 2003, Arjun won the best youth performer award from Bharati Kalalaya. He is a frequent performer at the Tamil Mandram, the Concord temple, the Livermore temple, Badrikashrama, the Nandalala mission and with Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandir under Smt. Jayashree Varadarajan. He has also performed live on the Palo Alto Radio station and with Swaralahari. In 2005, Arjun won second place in the senior category of percussion at the Cleveland festival and was recognized at the Cleveland 2006 festival for his dedication to the art of percussion in the youth category. Arjun's passions include baseball and all genres of music. Arjun is currently a sophomore at Calpoly.

Shishir Neelakant - Vocal/Harmonium

Shishir Neelakant (Vocal): Shishir has been learning Hindustani vocal from Sri. Nachiketa Sharma for the last 8 years. He started learning harmonium from Sri. Vivek Datar from 2005. To get a complete feel of Indian classical music he has been learning Carnatic Vocal from Sri, Ragavan Manian for the last one year. He is very passionate about Indian Classical Music and is a 10th grader at Saint Francis High School

Vikas Yendluri - Tabla

Vikas Yendluri has been learning tabla for the past 13 years from Sri Arshad Syed. He has also been receiving guidance from Ustad Zakir Hussain. He is currently a sophomore at Stanford University.

Medha Korwar : Vocal/Harmonium

Medha Korwar is also a student of Shri. Nachiketa Sharma from 2002 learning hindustani vocal. She has been learning to play the harmonium from 2005 from Shri. Vivek Datar. She has won several prizes in competitions around the Bay Area, and is also passionate about classical music. She is a freshman at Lynbrook High School.