SMC Monthly Concert - Aug 2017

Dear Music Rasikas,

SMC would like to invite you with family and friends to Monthly Concerts - Aug 2017 to be held on 26th August 2017 at the Dundas Community Centre, 21 Sturt Street, Telopea.

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Vocal recital by Kum. Sindhuja Ganapathy, accompanied on Violin by Sri. Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda and on Mrudangam by Chi. Sumukha Jagadeesh.

05:10 PM - 07:10 PM: Vocal recital by Smt. Sangeetha Ayyar, accompanied on Synthesizer by Sri. Mohan Ayyar and on Mrudangam by Sri. Sivakumar Sethupathi.


Artiste Profiles:

Sri. Mohan Ayyar

For over 25 years, Mohan has been giving concerts on the synthesizer, an instrument he has adapted to suit Carnatic music. While self-taught on the synthesizer, he had vocal training under Smt Uma Ayyar, Smt Prema Anandakrishnan and Smt Hemalatha Ganesan. Mohan has given many solo concerts and has also accompanied many local and international artistes in performances all over Australia and in Chennai. Mohan has composed music for several bharatanatyam programs and is pursuing a PhD in Indian music at Macquarie University - analysing the composition process for bharatanatyam music. He has presented papers on music at conferences in Amsterdam, Mumbai and Kolkata. Mohan teaches keyboard to a number of students and continues to maintain the popular music web page

Smt. Sangeetha Ayyar

Sangeetha is the daughter and disciple of the late Sri Karaikudi S. Kannan, an All India Radio artist from Andhra Pradesh. She also had advanced lessons in Chennai from Smt Suguna Purushothaman and Smt Meera Nathan in India and from Smt Hemalatha Ganesan, Smt Chitra Krishnamurthy and Smt Uma Ayyar in Sydney. She has won prizes for music during her college days in India. Smt Sangeetha has performed extensively over the last fifteen years and had the opportunity to sing at the Asian Festival of Music and Dance at the Sydney Opera House and at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra. Sangeetha has given concerts across Australia, in USA and during the Chennai music season. She has sung for many dance performances and has set the music for several dance items. She teaches music to a number of students in Western Sydney.

Kum. Sindhuja Ganapathy

Sindhuja has been learning Carnatic music for the last fourteen years under the able guidance of Smt. Bhavani Govindan. She has been also learning Bhava Geethe from Smt. Pushpa Jagdish for the last twelve years. Sindhuja’s inspiration for music comes from her grandmother Smt. Vasantha Ramamoorthy and is a regular performer in the various music festivals and aradhanas held in Sydney. In addition to her musical aspirations, Sindhuja is also pursuing a Psychology degree at Macquarie University. She seeks the blessings of all music lovers to pursue her dream to become an accomplished singer, and would like to thank the SMC organizers for giving her an opportunity to perform on SMC platform.

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. 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.

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 then 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.