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:

Chi. Krishna Ramarathinam

Krishna is the grandson of the reputed Sangeetha Vidwan late Sri KalaisikhAmani Sathur AG Subramaniam. He began his musical tutelage at the age of 5 under Dr MS Ramanathan and has been pursuing this passion for the last 23 years. Krishna has also received intermediary training from Smt Hemalatha Ganesan (Coimbatore A-grad AIR Artiste) and from his aunts Sathur Sisters. Krishna was under the advanced tutelage of Sangeetha Kala Acharya Late Shri V.Subramaniam (disciple of the doyen Shri Semmangudi Sreenivasa Iyer) and presently a disciple of Shri AS Murali (disciple of Shri PS Narayanaswamy). He is also undergoing special training with Mrdangam vidwan Shri Melakaveri K Balaji on laya aesthetics and setting pallavis. He is also training on the veena under the guidance of Smt Malathi Nagarajan. A regular seasoned performer, Krishna has given numerous vocal concerts around India and Australia. He has also had the privilege of providing vocal accompaniment with his gurus on several occasions. Krishna has won several prizes in competitions held in Australia and India. Most notably he was the 1st prize winner in 2010s Naradaganasabha pallavi/raga competition and part of the final series in the Jaya TVs Carnatic Idol Competition. Krishna is a passionate promoter of Carnatic music worldwide and the founder of Yuva Sangeetha Margam, an initiative that promotes the talent of Carnatic music students in Australia as well as providing a forum for students to interact and educate themselves on the art of Indian classical 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 is student of Carnatic music. She currently learns violin from Shri H.N Bhaskar and vocal music from Sri. O.S. Thyagarajan and Smt. Yamini Ramesh. 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 actively involved in an Indian classical music fusion group called Idhayam. 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. 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. 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. Sumukha Jagadeesh

Sumukhas 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.