SMC Monthly Concert - June 2019

Dear Music Rasikas, 

SMC would like to invite you with family and friends to our Monthly Concert - to be held on Saturday 29th June 2019 at Ermington Community Centre, 10 River Road, Ermington 

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Vocal concert by Smt. Mahathi Balajee accompanied by Sri. Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda on Violin and Chi. Sumukha Jagadeesh on Mridangam

05:10 PM - 07:10 PM: Vocal concert by Smt. Sandhya Sundararajan accompanied by Sri. Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda on Violin and Sri. Sivakumar Sethupathi on Mridangam 

Artiste Profiles:

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.

Smt. Sandhya Sundararajan

Sandhya Sundararajan, besides being a Chartered Accountant, shines equally bright in her musical career. Her keen interest towards Classical Carnatic music started right from her early age. She commenced her initial learning at the age of five from Sri Mani Iyer and then under the tutelage of Smt. Subhasree Ramesh. At present, she is a disciple of Sri P B Shrirangachari (Disciple of Madurai Sri T N Seshagopalan) for the past 15 years.

She has been performing from the young age of 10 and has been rendering concerts under the auspices of Music Academy Mini hall, TTD Chennai, Naradha Gana Sabha, DD Podigai - National Live concert in India to name a few and various other places recently in Sydney.

She has also completed her Diploma in Music (Government of TamilNadu) scoring Distinction. She was awarded the ‘Bharat Kalachar’ scholarship by PSBB group of schools. She has participated and won in several TV shows and also sung in few Tamil movies.

She has been conferred the title ‘Sangeetha Baskara’ By Gnanaskandan Trust at Naradha Gana Sabha. She has recently moved to Sydney with family and is excited about her musical journey here.


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.

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.

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.