Dear Music Rasikas,
SMC would like to invite you with family and friends to Monthly Concert - November 2017 to be held on Nov 25th 2017 at the Dundas Community Centre, 21 Sturt Street, Telopea.
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Veena concert by Vishni Ravindran accompanied on Mridangam by Harish Ravindran
05:10 PM - 07:10 PM: Vocal recital by Smt. Prema Anandakrishnan accompanied on Voilin by Sanjay Ramaswamy and on Mridangam by Nirmal Ayyar.
Kum. Vishni Ravindran
Vishni was introduced to Carnatic music at the age of five by her grandmother, an accomplished Radio Ceylon vocalist, Smt. Saraswathidevi Rajeswaran, and continued learning from various distinguished teachers in Auckland. For many years, Vishni was under the expert tutelage of Vainika Gayaka, Late Prof. Pudukkottai R. Krishnamurthy of Tirupathi, a Top Grade artiste of AIR. Vishni attained Teacher's Diplomas for Veena and Vocal music from The Academy of Fine Arts London with First Class Honours in 2013 and was bestowed the title “Isai Mani”. Alongside her brother, Harish, they had their Veena and Mridangam Arangetram in Sydney in 2017, accompanied by eminent Vidwans from Chennai. She is a regular performer on the Veena in Sydney and has performed overseas in Chennai, London, San Francisco and Auckland. Recently, Vishni performed at the Melbourne Veena Festival in 2018. Vishni is also a recognised Bharathanatyam dancer having completed her Bharathanatya Arangetram in 2009 in Auckland and is now a key member of Agal Dance Company in Sydney. Vishni graduated from James Ruse Agricultural High School and is currently pursuing the Bachelor of Medical Studies/ Doctor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.
Smt. Prema Anandakrishnan
Smt. Prema Anandakrishnan began her musical training at the age of 5 under the late Smt. Savitri Menon, and continued her vocal training under a string of musical luminaries like the late Smt. Venkatalakshmi, Smt. Ananthalakshmi Venkatraman and the late Sri Vechoor Harihara Subramania Iyer of the Sri Thyagaraja parambara. Apart from completing a Master's in Carnatic Music from Kerala University, Prema was an AIR artiste and has given several full length concerts in India and in Australia. She extended her repertoire and knowledge of Carnatic Music in Sydney under the guidance of Smt. Rajalakshmi Venkatachari. She has sung for various dance arangetrams and productions such as Krishnaleelamrutham, Dasavatharam and Namami Narayanam. She is the teacher of various students in Sydney.
Chi. Sanjay Ramaswamy
Sanjay Ramaswamy learns vocal music from Dr. M.S Ramanathan and from Sri Alepey Venkatesan. He was initiated into vocal music by Smt Radha Kalyan. He also plays the violin, having learnt it initially from Sri Nagaraj Iyer and then Sri Balaji Jagannadhan for over a decade. He is currently learning from Sri B U Ganesh Prasad. Sanjay has won many prizes in various musical competitions held in Sydney. He regularly accompanies musicians on the violin in the various music forums across Australia. Sanjay holds a dual Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of New South Wales
Sri. Nirmal Ayyar
Nirmal Ayyar has been learning the mrudangam since the age of twelve under the initial tutelage of Sri Suthanthiraraj, before progressing his skills under the guidance of Sri Bala Sankar. He is currently learning under the guidance of Sri Melakkaveri Balaji. Nirmal learnt vocal music from Smt Prema Anandakrishnan and Smt Uma Ayyar. He continues his advanced training from Dr Ramanathan. Nirmal has had the privilege of providing accompaniment in a number of student concerts in Sydney over the past few years and continues to be actively involved in the Carnatic community.
Chi. Harish Gopikan Ravindran
Harish, a disciple of Sri. Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi is an emerging young Mridangist in Sydney. He had his Mridangam Arangetram at the age of 16 in Sydney in 2017, alongside his sister Vishni on Veena, and was accompanied by eminent vidwans from Chennai. Harish is a regular performer in Sydney and has notably accompanied concerts overseas at prestigious Sabhas and venues in Chennai, London, San Francisco and Auckland, including Narada Gana Sabha, London Sri Murugan Temple and Tamils of Northern California (TNC).