ARJUN NARAYANAN began his training in Carnatic Music with vocal lessons from Smt. Radha Kalyan, a student of the late Shri. Thanjavur S. Kalyanaraman in Sydney, Australia at the age of 9. His initial training in mrudangam began a year later under Shri. Vallish Herur, a student of Bangalore N. G. Ravi. In 1999, he moved to Irvine, CA, USA, and continued vocal lessons with Smt. Padma Kutty, and in 2000, had the good fortune to continue his laya training under the tutelage of Shri. Neyveli R. Narayanan. Arjun continues to receive advanced training and guidance from Neyveli Narayanan to this day. Arjun has been performing in concerts since 2005, and has accompanied numerous distinguished artists. He has performed in many cities across the US, and every year performs in the December music festival in Chennai. He also actively teaches students in the Orange county area in mridangam and laya aspects. Arjun is a graduate in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and has completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Southern California.
Priyamvadaa was born on the 16th of January 1993 in a family deeply rooted in Carnatic music. She started identifying ragas and talas even when she was just 4 years old and claimed the accolades of many alike. She was a regular at many music concerts even as a child, enjoying the music in rapt attention in consonance with the other senior connoisseurs of music. She had such immense grip of tala that once Sri. V. Nagarajan, esteemed Khanjira artiste and Guru said, “You have such a wonderful gift of both raga and laya at a young age. Come to me for I’ll train you.” Priyamvadaa chose the violin as her forte and is presently one among the foremost young violinists today.
Priyamvadaa was initiated into violin by Akkarai Sri. S. Swaminathan, father of the famous Akkarai Sisters duo. She had intensive training under him for more than 5 years. She’s now presently under the esteemed tutelage of “Padmasri” “Kalaimamani” Kum. A. Kanyakumari. Priyamvadaa has gained noteworthy repertoire from both her Gurus.
Priyamvadaa has won more than 75 prizes in both violin and vocal music competitions held at various prestigious Sabhas around Chennai. She has been a regular performer at the Oothukadu Venkata Subbaiyer festival held at Oothukadu every year. She is a regular participant at the Thyagaraja Aradhana held at Thiruvaiyaru every year. She has performed several concerts along with her Guru, the noteworthy ones being the violin trio along with her Guru and another colleague Sri. M. Rajeev (a senior disciple of Kum. Kanyakumari) at Ravindra Bharati, Hyderabad in 2013. She has also performed in several television programs including Raj TV, Jaya TV, Vijay TV, DD Podhigai, TTD SVBC. Priyamvadaa is a regular feature at the Chennai December Music Festival and can be spotted accompanying many young musicians who are in the limelight. She is a B grade artiste of All India Radio.
Priyamvadaa will be performing at Hamsadhwani's upcoming concert on May 21, 2016.
HCMA organizes Carnatic music concerts in the greater Los Angeles area, with a mission to promote young and upcoming artistes and foster a community of music lovers