SMC Monthly Concert - May 2017

4:00 PM Vocal concert by Kum. Vishnupriya Mallela, accompanied on Violin by Sri. Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda and on Mridangam by Chi. Balu Mallela 

5:10 PM Vocal concert by Chi. Sudarshan Ravi, accompanied on Violin by Sri. Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda and on Mridangam by Sri. Sivakumar Sethupathi


Artiste Profiles:

Chi. Sudarshan Ravi


Sudarshan learnt from Smt Uma Ayyar initially. Currently, he is learning from Malladi Brothers. He participates regularly in carnatic music competitions conducted in Sydney. Sudarshan has performed for Sydney Music Circle, Yuva Sangeetha Margam, Karpahavalli. He is also regularly invited to perform by Sydney Kamban Kazhagam.

Kum. Vishnu Priya Mallela


Vishnu Priya Mallela is from Auckland, New Zealand and is currently working as a Technical Analyst at the University of Waikato. She finished her Diploma in music from London Fine arts society at the age of 14 and gave her arangetram in Carnatic vocal when she was 15. She was trained in Carnatic music by her mother since the age of 6. After completion of her Diploma, she parallelly started further training from Prof. Radha Venkatachalam, a Senior lecturer at Delhi University and Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna. She was the recipient of “Sangeetha Sudha” from Vipanchii trust in Chennai. Vishnu Priya is a frequent performer at the Chennai music season during December and January. She performs in various prestigious sabhas such as Hamsadhwani, Sarvani Sangeetha sabha, Music Education Trust and Vipanchii to name a few. She has is a frequent performer in Auckland for various shows in Carnatic and also Film genres.

Sri. Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda


Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda had his initial training in music with Sri P.S.S.R Jagannatham and Sri N. C. Ramanujam. He had advanced training under eminent vidwan Sri Dwaram Satyanarayana Rao at Hyderabad. He is currently under advanced tutelage in vocal from Hyderabad Brothers and violin from Parur Sri M A Sundareswaran. He has a vast experience in accompanying local and visiting artistes for various concerts across Australia. He also developed interest in percussion and has undergone training in mridangam and kanjira from Sri Kaliprasad Babu, Melakaveri Sri K Balaji and Sri Nerkunam Sankar. He continues to learn mridangam from Maestro Sri Patri Satish Kumar. He founded Geervani Academy of Performing Arts and teaches Vocal, Violin and Mridangam in Sydney.

Sri. Sivakumar Sethupathi


Siva started training in mridangam from the age of 8 under Sri T.S. Janakiraman, a disciple of Sri Palani Subramania Pillai. He is also a recipient of a music scholarship awarded by the Centre For Cultural Resources and Training, Government of India. He has been regularly playing mridangam and kanjira for Carnatic music programs and Bharatanatyam recitals in Australia. He is also interested in collaborative ventures that involve fusion of Carnatic music with other genre and has performed in many folk festivals across the country. He is also an active member of Sydney Bhajana Mandali.

Chi. Balasubrahmanyam Mallela


Balu was introduced to, and continues to learn Carnatic Music vocal, from his mother, Dr Padma Mallela - a passionate guru, and founder of Sangeetha Bharathi Music School in Auckland. He has been involved in various performances since the age of 10, singing in numerous concerts in New Zealand, as well as taking part in film music programs, performing songs in various languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and English. Balu has also been training and performing with various percussion instruments. These include the Mridangam, Ghatam, Kanjira, Congas and Drum Kit. His main focus is with Mridangam, in which he is being trained by Dr Suresh Ramachandra. In the academic scene, Balu is currently studying in his 1st year in Bachelor of Medical Science, as apart of the Double Degree Medicine program, at the University of Sydney.