SMC Monthly Concert - August 2018

Dear Music Rasikas,

SMC would like to invite you with family and friends to our Monthly Concert - to be held on August 25th 2018 at the Dundas Community Centre, 21 Sturt Street, Telopea.

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Vocal concert by Kum. Jyothi Giri accompanied by Smt. Mahathi Balajee on Violin and Sri. Charan Vedurumudi on Mridangam.

05:10 PM - 07:10 PM: Vocal recital by Chi. Krishna Ramarathinam accompanied by Chi. Sanjay Ramaswamy on Violin, Sri. Sivakumar Sethupathi on Mridangam and Chi. Sumukha Jagadeesh on Khanjira.


Artiste Profiles:

Sri. Krishna Ramarathinam


Krishna Ramarathinam is the grandson of the reputed Sangeetha Vidwan late Kalaisikhamani Sri Sathur AG Subramaniam.  He began his musical tutelage at the age of 5 under Dr MS Ramanathan (disciple of Shri Palghat KV Narayanaswamy) and has been pursuing this passion for the last 26 years.  Krishna continued his advanced tutelage under Sangeetha Kala Acharya Shri V.Subramaniam (disciple of the doyen Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri Semmangudi Sreenivasa Iyer) and is presently undergoing further tutelage with Sangeetha Vidwan Shri AS Murali (disciple of Vidwan Shri PS Narayanaswamy) and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr M.Chandrasekharan.  He undergoes special training with Mridangam Vidwan Shri Melakaveri K Balaji on laya aesthetics and pallavis.  Krishna has also been mentored and guided by his aunts Sathur Sisters.

A regular seasoned performer, Krishna has performed across the major sabhas in India including Music Academy Chennai, NaradaGana Sabha, Krishna Gana Sabha, Chembur Fine Arts (Mumbai) and Ananya (Bangalore).  Krishna is also a graded artiste of All India Radio Chennai and has had the privilege of providing vocal accompaniment with his gurus on several occasions. 

Krishna is a passionate promoter of Carnatic music worldwide and is the founder of Yuva Sangeetha Margam (YSM), an initiative that promotes the talent of Carnatic music students in Australia.  YSM also provides a forum for students to interact and educate themselves on the art of Carnatic music.

Kum. Jyothi Giri


Jyothi Giri has been learning vocal music from a young age under the tutelage of Dr M. S. Ramanathan, her grandfather. She learnt carnatic violin from renowned violinist Sri.B. U. Ganesh Prasad earlier. Jyothi is a regular performer in Carnatic Music events in Sydney, including Thyagaraja Aradhana, Swathi Thirunal Festival and Sydney Music Circle's Yuva Kala Bharathi. She also participated in the 25th anniversary celebration of SMC's Musical opera Sundara Kandam programme. Currently she's pursuing Bachelor of Law and Arts dual degree at University of 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

Smt. Mahathi Balajee


Mahathi Balajee currently learns vocal music from Sri. O.S. Thyagarajan and Smt. Yamini Ramesh and violin from Sri H.N. Bhaskar. She also learnt western classical violin and piano for several years. Mahathi was a regular performer in various cultural and musical shows in Wellington (New Zealand) and was involved in an Indian classical music fusion group. She completed a Certificate in Carnatic music (organised by the Madras University) upon completion of four grades of New Zealand Carnatic Music exams with distinction, and has won first place for vocal performance in a Carnatic music competition conducted in New Zealand.

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.

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.

Chi. Sumukha Jagadeesh


Sumukha's early rhythmic childhood at the age of 4 and half had an inspiring upshot on Sri Arun of Bangalore and he initiated Sumukha into the world of Carnatic percussion. Then, Sumukha continued his training under the tutelage of Sri Suthanthiraraj for the next 10 years. He had the opportunity to play Mridangam and Kanjira in the Thyagaraja and Swathi Tirunal festivals and he won prizes in then mridangam competitions conducted by SwaraLaya. He is keen in learning all percussion instruments. He is currently mentored by Sri Melakkaveri Balaji. Sumukha is in 2nd year Uni doing Chemical Engg and Bachelor of Science at UNSW and his main interests are music, table tennis and cricket.