SMC Monthly Concert - Nov 2017

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. 


Artiste Profiles:

Kum. Vishni Ravindran


Vishni was introduced to Carnatic music at the young age of five by her grandmother, a renowned Carnatic vocalist and a Radio Ceylon artiste, Smt. Saraswathidevi Rajeswaran, and continued learning from various distinguished teachers in New Zealand. For 8 years now Vishni is under the expert tutelage of her guru, Vainika Gayaka, Prof. Pudukkottai R. Krishnamurthy of Tirupathi who is 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 conferred the title “Isai Mani”. Vishni, alongside her brother, Harish, had their combined Veena and Mridangam Arangetram in 2017 in Sydney, accompanied by eminent Vidwans from Chennai. Vishni is a regular performer on the Veena for solo concerts, orchestras, accompanying for music and dance schools and Bharathanatya Arangetrams. Vishni is also a recognised Bharathanatyam dancer, performing regularly, having notably completed her Bharathanatya Arangetram in 2009 in Auckland. She also enjoys teaching Veena and imparting the skills she acquired through her guru. Vishni graduated from James Ruse Agricultural High School and is currently a medical student pursuing the 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 Jangannadhan 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

Chi. 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 is an upcoming young Mridangist in Sydney. He is a disciple of Kalaimamani Sri. Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi and has been under his tutelage for the past 6 years. He initiated his training under the leading Mridangist in Auckland, Dr. Suresh Ramachandra at the young age of five. He has won many prizes for Mridangam competitions at Sydney Music Festival. Harish, alongside his sister, Vishni, had their combined Veena and Mridangam Arangetram in Sydney in 2017, accompanied by eminent Vidwans from Chennai. He accompanies numerous concerts in Sydney for Carnatic music organisations, temples, music schools and for kutcheris by leading teachers in Sydney. Harish is looking forward to accompanying his maiden kutcheri at Narada Gana Sabha during the upcoming “Margazhi Maha Utsavam” in Chennai. Harish is currently a Year 11 student at Epping Boys High School. Apart from his academic excellence, he is a strong sportsman playing cricket and soccer at regional levels.