Sydney Music Festival to be held this coming weekend June 9-11

Lalgudi GJR Krishnan with sister Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

A great Carnatic music fest in the heart of Parramatta!

Sydney Music Festival, Swaralaya Fine Arts Society’s fifth year classical Music Festival – an ultimate experience of music by popular artists from the Indian subcontinent will be held this year at the Riverside Theatre Parramtta Cnr Church St and Market Streets from June 9 to 11, 2012. The festival will kick on Saturday June 9 morning from 9.30am and finish on Monday June 11 at 5pm.

The lineup of artists includes M Balamuralikrishna, Sudha Raghnathan, T V Sankaranaraynan, Dr. Pantula Rama, T M Krishna, Gayathri Venkatraghvan, OS Arun, Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, Jayalakshmi Sekhar and Shashank.

Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna is a Carnatic vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and a playback singer. He is also acclaimed as a poet, composer and respected by all Indian classical musicians for his knowledge of Carnatic Music.

Sudha Raghunathan is a Carnatic music singer from South India. She was awarded a Padma Shri for excellence in singing. She was born in Bangalore and went to Good Shepherd Convent. She did higher education at Bangalore, Karnataka and obtained a Masters Degree in Economics.She started singing at nine years of age. Later, she received her training from her mother Choodamani, and continued the training under B. V. Lakshmanan. She has received the Artistes for advanced training in Carnatic music. In 1977, through the success of her first performance, she got a scholarship to study music under Padma Bhushan, Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. M.L Vasantha Kumari. Dr MLV encouraged her to pursue music as a career. She is married to Ragunathan and they have two children.

OS Arun, a gifted Carnatic musician, whose performance is sheer delight to watch not only lost in music himself he takes audience on a heightened musical experience. Arun inherits his musical genes and technique having been trained in parvaric parampara by his distinguished father Vidwan O V Subramaniam.

O S Arun

Dr. Pantula Rama is an eminent Carnatic Music vocalist. Pantula Rama was born into a family with a lineage of music. Her parents are Pantula Gopala Rao (Violinist and retired All India Radio engineer) and Pantula Padmavathi a veena artiste.

Dr Pantula Rama

She holds a Ph.D. in music from Andhra University for her thesis: A study of the shaping of an ideal musician through saadhana, published by Gyan Publishers of New Delhi.[3] She has an MA and BA in music from Andhra University, where she won gold medals each time and has been a University Topper.

Her initial training was given to her by her father, and advanced training under Sangeeta Kalasagara Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao. Apart from being a Top grade Vocalist, she has a B High in violin and viola from All India Radio in the carnatic style.

T.M. Krishna (Thodur Madabusi Krishna) is a Carnatic music vocalist. Hailing from a family of music connoisseurs, he was exposed to the south Indian classical music at an early age. His first concert was at the Spirit of Youth series organized by the Music Academy, Chennai (India). Since then, he has travelled widely in India and abroad and won applause from his listeners. He has received numerous awards and titles from many leading organizations, notable amongst which are the Young Achievers Award by India Today and the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award by the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi. He has released many music albums from leading audio companies like Magna sound, HMV, Inreco, Amudham (USA) and Charsur.

Smt. Gayathri Venkataraghavan,began her training in carnatic music at a young age under the tutelage of Smt.Rajalakshmi and then under Smt. Padma Veeraraghavan, a disciple of Palaghat Sri.K.V.Narayanaswamy. She was also trained in various Kritis by Smt.Rukmini Ramani, Sri.V.Subramaniam and Smt.Lakshmi Natarajan.

Gayathri Venkatraghavan

Her advanced training was under  Acharya Choodamani Late Sri.A.Sundaresan  who was an outstanding musician and a dedicated Guru, and a disciple of Sri.C.V.Krishnamurthy Iyer, Sri.Ramnad Krishnan and Alathur Sri.Sivasubramanya Iyer. Gayathri is presently under the guidance of Padma Bhushan Sri. P.S.Narayanaswamy.

G. J. R. Krishnan was born in Chennai to violin maestro, Lalgudi Jayaraman. A post graduate in commerce and a Cost & Works Accountant by education, Krishnan has dedicated his life to a career in music.

Krishnan began his musical training at the age of five under the watchful guidance of his illustrious grandfather Lalgudi Gopala Iyer who belonged to the enviable sishya parampara of Tyagaraja himself and later from his father. He does a lot of duets with his sister, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, a violin player. A post graduate in commerce and a Cost & Works Accountant by education, Krishnan has dedicated his life to a career in music.

Jayalakshmi Sekhar had basic music training from her father CS Krishnaswamy, then on to Pudukkotai Jayarama Iyer for formal veena training at age 13.
Her father encouraged listening to music of great vidwans like Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, KV Narayanaswamy, Padmabhushan Lalgudi G Jayaraman .

Shashank Subramanyam is a Carnatic classical flautist of India. He was a child prodigy and began performing from his age of 6 in 1984 and has performed in the top circuit for over 25 years now.

Shashank Subramanyam was born in a Sankethi family in Rudrapatna in the Hassan district of Karnataka, India to Hemalatha and Subramnayam. He was trained by his father and by the singers R.K. Srikantan, Palghat K.V. Narayanaswami, Sandyavandanam Srinivasa Rao and Pandit Jasraj. Shashank is married to Shirisha, a Bharatanatyam dancer. Shashank and Shirisha have a daughter “Swara” and live in Chennai, India.

The festival will also feature Dr Saraswathi Sundarasen who presents Veeeramani Iyer’s  ‘Kathirkama Kuravanji’ – performance by local artists and also K N Sashikiran who will present ‘Carnatic Choir’ “Padams & Javali’ and ‘Navakraga Krithis’ – another performance by local talents.

Sydney Music Festival  is a Carnatic Music intensive for the lovers of Carnatic music this coming long weekend which should not be missed with tickets for singles at $60 for two days and $80 for all the three days.

Please call Jeyendran on 02 9636 2314, Yoga Thanikasalam 02 9742 5794, Vijayaratnam 02 9764 3715, Nalini Shankar 02 9802 5805, Dr Sampath 02 9893 7729, Geetha Ganesh 02 9843 9971, Lalitha Sathasivan 02 9753 7639, Bhavani Govindan 02 9746 5970, Raji Ramanathan 02 9858 3394, Prema Iyer 02 9894 0898, Usha Logeswaran 0422 401 686 and Elalingam 02 9945 0493.

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