SMC Monthly Concert - July 2018

Dear Music Rasikas,

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

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Vocal concert by Kum. Kavya Jaishankar accompanied on VIolin by Kum. Narthana Yogaraja and Sri. Charan Vedurumudi on Mridangam 

05:10 PM - 07:10 PM: Vocal recital by Smt. Ranjini Ayyar accompanied on Voilin by Kum. Mahathi Balajee,  on Mridangam by Sri. Nirmal Ayyar

Artiste Profiles:

Kum. Kaavya Jaishankar

Kaavya Jaishankar began learning Carnatic music under the tutelage of Smt. Mythilli Narayanaswamy Iyer, and later began learning Carnatic keyboard from Sri. Mohan Ayyar as well as bhajans under Smt. Pushpa Jagadish. Kaavya is continuing her advanced musical education under Smt Shobha Sekhar, director of theKalakruthi School of Music in Melbourne.Kalakruthi School is accredited by Music Academy. Kaavya is currently working towards a Diploma awarded by Music academy Chennai. She has recently also had the privilege of learning from Smt Seetha Narayanan in India. Kaavyas interest in other genres of music has led to her ongoing training in western contemporary and Indian film/fusion music. She is currently a Speech Pathology student at the University of Sydney.

Smt. Ranjini Ayyar

Smt.Ranjini Ayyar was initiated into Carnatic Music at the age of eight by Sri Halasyam of New Delhi. She continued her musical education with Sri A.K.Ravindranath, who is a direct disciple of Sri Semmangudi Srivanasa Iyer.  She has given several performances in AIR, New Delhi, along with her sister, late Smt Revathi Iyer. She has furthered her knowledge of Carnatic music with Smt Rajalakshmi Venkatachari and Smt Hemalata Ganeshan during their visits to Sydney. She (along with Smt Raji Ramachandran) had the privilege of giving the inaugural performance when Sydney Music Circle was founded in 1983. Ranjini has given a number of performances under the auspices of SMC, solo, as well as with her daughter Aarthi. She has also performed in Swathi Thirunaal Day functions and SMC’s Thyagaraja Utsavam and Navarathri celebrations. Apart from Carnatic music, Ranjini is interested in Hindustani music and has performed in the monthly Hindustani music forum. 

She is currently training several dedicated students in vocal Carnatic music; and specialises in working with young children from the age of 5 (both boys and girls).

Ranjini is part of the organizing committee for 'Ragapriya', a Sydney based Chamber Music Organization, which provides opportunities to perform for visiting overseas and interstate artists, as well as local performers.


Suburb: Baulkham Hills

Last SMC Concert: May 2014


Kum. Narthana Yogaraja

Kumari Narthana Yogaraja performed her arangetram in 2017 under the tutelage of violin vidhwan Sri V. Suresh Babu and has been regularly performing in Melbourne and Sydney. She also had the privilege to perform concerts at the prestigious Chennai music season and Tanjore Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha. She is a multi-versatile artist proficient in Carnatic Vocal, Keyboard and Western Violin.

She is also a student of Bharathanatyam learning under her mother at Narthanalaya.

Sri. Charan Vedurumudi

Charan Vedurumudi, a disciple of Vidwan Sri V V Ramana Murthy A Top Grade AIR staff artiste Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradhesh. Learnt for several years from Sri V V Ramana Murthy and took diploma course - Vidya Praveena in Mridanagam from Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music Puttaparthi. Won many prizes in district, state level and inter university competitions and played several concerts locally in Visakhapatnam, Puttaparthi (In the divine presence of Sri Sathya Sai Baba on many occasions and in Bangalore. Working in IT for more than a decade, have been teaching the art of playing Mridangam to enthusiasts back in Bangalore and now in Westmead Sydney.

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.