Guhan Venkataraman, a second year Ph.D. student at Stanford University, USA, is a vainika of the Karaikudi parampara. He started learning veena from his mother Smt. Lakshmi Venkataraman at age 8, and continued his discipleship under Kalaimamani Smt. Ranganayaki Rajagopalan (herself a direct disciple of the legendary Karaikudi Sri. Sambasiva Iyer). He continues to enlarge and refine his scholarship and repertoire under the tutelage of Sri R. K. Shriramkumar and Delhi Sri P. Sunder Rajan.
Samyuktha Sreeram is an upcoming young South Indian percussionist who performs on the clay drum called the Ghatam. She is among a few female ghatam performers in the world. Samyuktha has been training under the renowned percussionist, Sangita Kalacharya Sri TH Subash Chandran, since the age of 9. She also learns South Indian vocal music under the illustrious vocalist, Kalaimamani Smt. Charumathi Ramachandran, who is famous for her laya-based singing and pallavi compositions.
To date, Samyuktha has played in over 150 concerts across the US, Canada and India. Her playing is based on traditional learning from her guru’s school of music, incorporating speed, unique sollu-patterns, and adept improvisations.
Samyuktha has been blessed to provide ghatam accompaniment for many renowned artists such as Sangita Kalanidhi Chitravina Sri Ravikiran, Guitar Sri Prasanna, Sri Seshachary, Sri Lalgudi GJR Krishnan, Sri Vittal Ramamurthy, Sri BU Ganesh Prasad, Sri Pattabhirama Pandit, Sri VVS Murari, Smt Vijayalakshmy Subramanium, Sri Kamalakiran Vinjamuri, Sri Suryaprakash, Sri RK Padmanabha, Chitraveena Sri Ganesh, Sri KJ Dileep, Sri Palghat Ramprasad, Smt. Padma Sugavanam, Smt. Charumathi Ramachandran, Smt. S Aishwarya, and Smt. Raji Gopalakrishnan. She has performed in several prestigious venues such as the Indian Embassy (Washington DC), Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana (Waetjen Auditorium, CSU), the Rubin Museum of Art (NY), the World Music Festival (Chicago), Philadelphia Museum of Art (PA), Columbia University (NY), Duke University (NC), Bharat Kalachar (India), Brahma Gana Sabha (India), Arkay Convention Center (India), Kartik Fine Arts (India) and Nadaneerajanam in Tirupathi (India).
Ajay Gopi started learning Mridangam from his father Sri. Gopi Lakshminarayanan, disciple of late Sri. Kumbakonam NarayanaSwamy Iyer. He also gets additional training from Sri. Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar, disciple of Sri. Palghat Raghu. Ajay had his arangetram on July, 2013 with Sri. Neyveli Santhanagopalan on the vocal and Sri. Hemmige V. Srivatsan on the violin. Ajay played junior level concerts during December Music Season, 2013. Ajay has accompanied senior artists such as Chinmaya Sisters, Sri. Hemmige V. Srivatsan (violin) , Sri. Mohan Rangan (Flute), Sri Hari Devanath and Sri Vivek Sundararaman, Sri Mahidar Tirumala (Veena), Arjun and Narayanan Keyboard (disciple of Ravikiran and U. Srinivas) and Smt. Padmaja Kishore (Daughter of T.K. Govinda Rao). Ajay regularly accompanies younger upcoming artists in bay area in organizations such as Swara Lahari, Carnatic Chamber Concerts, Lotus, SR Fine Arts, Nandhalala and Trivalley music circle. Ajay has won many Mridangam competitions such as Cleveland Aradhana, Tambaram Music Circle (India), Papanasam Sivan competitions, OSAAT, Nada nritya, etc.
SRINATH HARIHARAN, son of Chitra and Hariharan from Minneapolis started learning music under Bhargavi Balasubramanian about 5 years ago and later came under the tutelage of Sangeet Samraat Chitraveena Ravikiran and has quickly grasped the performance skills for Carnatic music. He has won several prestigious music competitions including at the Cleveland festival much ahead his age.
Talent embellishes under expert tutelage and professional grooming and Srinath is certain to go places in his musical journey.
As we come close to the end of year 2019, Our heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers and rasikas for your continuous support and encouragement.
We cordially invite you to join Hamsadhwani Carnatic Music Academy's 10th year Anniversary (2010-2020) celebration starting January 18 2020. We are blessed to honor a decade of mellifluous music, classical composers, amazing artistes, present esteemed artistes from India and young local artistes of your choice.
Hamsadhwani Carnatic Music Academy is stepping into 10th year successfully. We would like to thank all musicians, teachers, rasikas and students who made this possible.
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