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

Jyothi has been learning Carnatic Music  from her Grandfather Dr MS Ramanathan. She is very grateful for the opportunity to learn from him and perform on a many occasions for the Sydney Music Circle. She is currently studying Law at The Univversity 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 was introduced to Carnatic music by her grandmother Vidushi Padma Veeraraghavan. She then continued to learn from Smt. Yamini Ramesh and later from Sri. O.S. Thiagarajan. She currently learns vocal music from Vidushi Seetha Narayanan 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 now regularly performs in Sydney. She is also actively involved in Yuva Sangeetha Margam - an initiative to promote Carnatic music among students and rasikas in Sydney. 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 had his training in mridangam under Guru Sri T.S. Janakiraman, a disciple of Sri Palani Subramania Pillai. He was a recipient of music scholarship awarded by the Centre For Cultural Resources and Training, Government of India. He is a sought-after mridangam artiste for Carnatic music programs, Bharatanatyam recitals and Sampradaya Bhajans in Australia. He has accompanied several leading artistes from India. Siva is a founding member of Sydney Bhajan 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 the 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.