SMC Monthly Concert August 2019

Dear Music Rasikas,

SMC would like to invite you with family and friends to our Monthly Concert - to be held on 31st August 2019 at the Dundas Community Centre, 21 Sturt Street, Telopea.

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Violin concert by Chi. Ratan Venkatesan accompaniments TBC

05:10 PM - 07:10 PM:  Vocal concert by Sri. Dr MS Ramanathan accompanied by Sri. Balaji Jagannadhan on Violin and on Mrudangam Sri. Pallavarajan Nagendran.

Artiste Profiles:

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.

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. Ratan Venkatesan

Ratan is an ardent Carnatic music enthusiast and has been learning the art form in vocal from Smt. Subha Harinath, a well-known music teacher in Sydney, for the last 5 years. Ratan has been regularly participating in the Thyagaraja Aradhana and Navarathri programmes of SMC and this would be his maiden solo concert.

Ratan also learns to play the violin from Sri. Kranti Kiran Mudigonda and has given a duet violin performance for Karpagavalli organisation.

Ratan is a year 10 student at Hurlstone Agricultural High School and enjoys performing Carnatic music at his school multicultural events as well.


Sri. Pallavarajan Nagendran

Pallavarajan Nagendran began his training in Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society under Karaikudi Krishnamoorthy and went to learn under Chennai K Deenadayalan and Thiruvarur Vaidhyanathan. He is currently learning from T R Sundaresan, founder of Sannidhi Academy, a non profit organisation based in Chennai.