SMC Monthly Concert - May 2019

Dear Music Rasikas,

SMC would like to invite you with family and friends to our Monthly Concert - to be held on Sunday 26th May 2019 at Ermington Community Centre, 10 River Road, Ermington

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Vocal concert by Kum. Lakshmi Iyer accompanied by Sri. Nirmal Ayyar on Mridangam and Smt. Mahathi Balajee on Violin.

05:10 PM - 07:10 PM: Vocal concert by Dr. M.S. Ramanathan accompanied by Sri. Sivakumar Sethupathi on Mridangam and Sri. Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda on Violin. 


Artiste Profiles:

Kum. Lakshmi Iyer


Lakshmi Iyer has been learning vocal music from a very young age and is a student of Smt Uma Ayyar. She has received guidance from her mother Smt Prema Anandakrishnan and has been fortunate to have sung for various organisations in Sydney which have both contributed to the singer she is today. She is in the organising team for Karpahavalli.

Dr. M.S. Ramanathan


Dr. Maraiyur Ramanathan, a medical practitioner, learnt classical music from a very early age. Growing up in a musical family background, he learnt initially from Smt. Andal Ammal, a disciple of Chitthur Subramanya Pillai and later from teachers like Sri C .V. Krishnamurthy (Principal, Gandharva Gana Nilayam, Chennai), Sri P.N.Raghava Rao, Sri Ramnad Krishnan and maestro Sri KV Narayanaswamy. Dr. Ramanathan was awarded the title of Gayaka Praveena and a Diploma in Music by Egmore School of Music in Chennai. Before performing in Chennai in various Sabhas, Dr. Ramanathan has participated and won many prizes in various music competitions, including the Madras Music Academy in 1963 and 1964. Dr. Ramanathan has also received the blessings of doyen of Carnatic classical music Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. He was awarded Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan's award for lifelong service to Classical music last year Dr. Ramanathan has been a regular performer in Melbourne and Sydney & Brisbane. Dr. Ramanathan has scripted, choreographed and directed the musical opera Sundara Kandam, to celebrate SMCs 25th year. The opera featured many of Dr. Ramanathans students and other Sydney music teachers and their students, participating to produce a colourful musical opera in Carnatic music. Dr. Ramanathan also teaches Carnatic music to a number of students.

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. Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda


Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda had his initial training in music with Sri P.S.S.R Jagannatham and Sri N. C. Ramanujam. He had advanced training under eminent vidwan Sri Dwaram Satyanarayana Rao at Hyderabad. He is currently under advanced tutelage in vocal from Hyderabad Brothers and violin from Parur Sri M A Sundareswaran. He has a vast experience in accompanying local and visiting artistes for various concerts across Australia. He also developed interest in percussion and has undergone training in mridangam and kanjira from Sri Kaliprasad Babu, Melakaveri Sri K Balaji and Sri Nerkunam Sankar. He continues to learn mridangam from Maestro Sri Patri Satish Kumar. He founded Geervani Academy of Performing Arts and teaches Vocal, Violin and Mridangam in 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.

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.