SMC Monthly Concert - September 2018

Dear Music Rasikas,

SMC would like to invite you with family and friends to our Monthly Concert - to be held on September 29th 2018 at the Dundas Community Centre, 21 Sturt Street, Telopea.

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Veena concert by Kum. Vishni Ravindran accompanied by Chi. Harish Gopikan Ravindran on Mridangam.

05:10 PM - 07:10 PM: Flute concert by Dr. Giridhar Thirumalai accompanied by Sri. Balaji Jagannadhan on Violin and Chi. Balasubrahmanyam Mallela on Mridangam.


Artiste Profiles:

Dr. Giridhar Thirumalai


Giridhar Tirumalai started learning vocal and flute at the young age of 5 years from his mother Smt Vasundhara Srinivasan. Later on, he continued to learn flute from Sri. Dindigul S P Natarajan - disciple of the great - Dr T R Mahalingam. In addition to his mother being his eternal Guru, he receives technical guidance from flute prodigy Maestro Shashank Subramanyam and family . He is actively involved with the Purandararadasa aradhana, Sydney Annamayya brundamu and the annual Sri Taallapaaka Annamacharya Jayanthi celebrations. He has been involved with Sydney Music Circle and has given flute solo, Jugalbandi concerts in Bangalore, Portland-Oregon, San Jose CA, Sydney, in addition to performing at Sydney Music Circle on a number of occasions and concerts. He has written a number of articles on music related topics and also has given mini LecDems. He is a regular invited guest speaker at Vani Telugu Radio on Carnatic music topics, has been involved with G.O.D and ISKCON in providing flute support for their very special events. He holds PhD in the IT field, and teaches vocal, flute and Annamacharya sankeerthanalu via Vallaki School of Music. 

Kum. Vishni Ravindran


Vishni was introduced to Carnatic music at the age of five by her grandmother, an accomplished Radio Ceylon vocalist, Smt. Saraswathidevi Rajeswaran, and continued learning from various distinguished teachers in Auckland. For many years, Vishni was under the expert tutelage of Vainika Gayaka, Late Prof. Pudukkottai R. Krishnamurthy of Tirupathi, a Top Grade artiste of AIR. Vishni attained Teacher's Diplomas for Veena and Vocal music from The Academy of Fine Arts London with First Class Honours in 2013 and was bestowed the title “Isai Mani”. Alongside her brother, Harish, they had their Veena and Mridangam Arangetram in Sydney in 2017, accompanied by eminent Vidwans from Chennai. She is a regular performer on the Veena in Sydney and has performed overseas in Chennai, London, San Francisco and Auckland. Recently, Vishni performed at the Melbourne Veena Festival in 2018. Vishni is also a recognised Bharathanatyam dancer having completed her Bharathanatya Arangetram in 2009 in Auckland and is now a key member of Agal Dance Company in Sydney. Vishni graduated from James Ruse Agricultural High School and is currently pursuing the Bachelor of Medical Studies/ Doctor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

Sri. Balaji Jagannadhan


Balaji Jagannadhan learnt vocal and instrumental Carnatic music from Bangalore Smt R. Thangammal, herself a disciple of Vidwan Sri R R Keshavamurthy. Balaji hails from the steel city of Jamshedpur, India, and is a frequent performer at Carnatic forums in Sydney and Brisbane. He is a enthusiast of both schools of music Carnatic and Hindustani. He has also contributed to the musical choreography for a few classical dance recitals.

Chi. Harish Gopikan Ravindran


Harish, a disciple of Sri. Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi is an emerging young Mridangist in Sydney. He had his Mridangam Arangetram at the age of 16 in Sydney in 2017, alongside his sister Vishni on Veena, and was accompanied by eminent vidwans from Chennai. Harish is a regular performer in Sydney and has notably accompanied concerts overseas at prestigious Sabhas and venues in Chennai, London, San Francisco and Auckland, including Narada Gana Sabha, London Sri Murugan Temple and Tamils of Northern California (TNC).

Chi. Balasubrahmanyam Mallela


Balu is a passionate percussionist and has learnt the mridangam under the tutelage of Dr Suresh Ramachandra from Auckland. He continues to learn from Dr Ramachandra and Shri Peravali Jayabhaskar from Hyderabad. Balu is also a trained vocalist, under the mentorship of his mother Dr Padma Govardhan. He is currently studying in his 3rd year of a Double degree in Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.