SMC Monthly Concert - April 2018

Dear Music Rasikas,

SMC would like to invite you with family and friends to Monthly Concert - April 2018 to be held on April 28th 2018 at the Dundas Community Centre, 21 Sturt Street, Telopea.

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Vocal concert by Kum.Sri Rajan accompanied by Smt. Mahathi Balajee on Violin , Sri. Nirmal Ayyar on Mridangam 

05:10 PM - 07:10 PM: Vocal recital by Smt. Bhavani Govindan accompanied on Voilin by Sri. Sanjay Ramaswamy,  on Mridangam by Sri. Sivakumar Sethupathi 


Artiste Profiles:

Smt. Bhavani Govindan


Bhavani initially learnt from Sri. S. V. Ramakrishnan of Coimbatore and later from Needamangalam Sri. V. V. Subramanian. She had advanced training from Prof. Sri. T. R. Subramanian for many years. Bhavani also had the privilege of learning rare Kritis from Sri. P. S. Narayana Swamy. Bhavani started giving concerts from the age of 12. She had performed several concerts in India and in all major sabhas in Chennai during music festival seasons for well over 20 years. She had also performed in all major cities in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia. She had also released CDs & Audio cassettes. She had won great appreciation from musicians, music lovers and critics. Her husband Dr. V. Govindan had brought numerous artists and arranged concerts under the banner Rasikapriya. He arranged the very popular Jugal Bandis in Sydney. Bhavani continues to teach several students in Sydney. She has the utmost devotion to, and passion for music. Bhavani has also performed in SMC concerts, Thyagaraja Aradhana and Swaralaya Festival 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. 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. 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.