Date: March 30 Sunday
Venue: Simi Valley Senior Center
Time: 2 pm - 5 pm
Kalaimamani K.N.Shashikiran and P.Ganesh sing together as Carnatica Brothers. The duo is very successful as performers, mentors and scholars in music. With over 4500 concert performances to their credit across India,US, UK, Australia, they are one of the most famous and sought- after singers across the world. Grandsons of the legendary Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar, Shashikiran and Ganesh stunned the music lovers answering technical questions in music and identifying complex talas and ragas when they were just 30 months old ! With intense training under Shashikiran's father Chitravina Narasimhan, brother Chitravina Ravikiran and later from Sangitha Kalanidhi T Brinda, T Vishwanathan Calcutta K S Krishnamurthy and lately from Dr M Balamuralikrishna, the cousins have had a steady rise to stardom in the field ofCarnatic music. Besides singing, Ganesh plays the Chitravina too ! The brothers love teaching music so much so that Shashikiran's research in music revolves around learning music with the help of technology. He is instrumental in rolling out a music Musiguru and a 24 hour online carnatic music radio The Carnatica Channel. Shashikiran also organises a variety of music events through The Carnatica Archival Centre.
Arun Ramamurthi is a disciple of Violin Maestro Delhi P. Sunder Rajan. He developed his bowing and fingering techniques early on beginning with Western classical lessons at the age of 4. He was initiated to Carnatic music on the violin by Shri Krishna Kutty at the age of 10 and has been training under the able guidance of his guru Delhi Shri P. Sunderrajan since 2000. He has also learned vocal music from Smt. Padma Kutty. Arun has performed both as a soloist and an accompanist at numerous venues in the U.S. and India. He has become a regular performer at the December Music Festival in Chennai, having performed at several of the leading venues. He graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Music and Economics and currently works in Newport Beach, California
Nirmal Narayan is a disciple of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. He has been performing for several years, accompanying many stalwarts in the field of Carnatic music. Nirmal has received numerous awards and titles, namely the “Best Concert” prize from The Music Academy, Chennai, and “Yuva Kala Bharati” from Bharat Kalachar, to name a few.Nirmal earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently pursuing his MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.