SMC Monthly Concert - Nov 2017

Dear Music Rasikas,

SMC would like to invite you with family and friends to Monthly Concert - November 2017 to be held on Nov 25th 2017 at the Dundas Community Centre, 21 Sturt Street, Telopea.

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM: Veena concert by Vishni Ravindran accompanied on Mridangam by Harish Ravindran

05:10 PM - 07:10 PM: Vocal recital by Smt. Prema Anandakrishnan accompanied on Voilin by Sanjay Ramaswamy and on Mridangam by Nirmal Ayyar. 

Artiste Profiles:

Kum. Vishni Ravindran

Vishni is a disciple of Prof. Pudukkottai R. Krishnamurthy, a Top Grade artiste of AIR, and Smt. Padma Krishnamurthy of Tirupathi. Vishni holds Teacher's Diplomas in Veena and Vocal music with First Class Honours from The Academy of Fine Arts London and was bestowed the title ‘Isai Mani’. She had her Veena arangetram alongside her brother, Harish, on Mridangam, in Sydney in 2017. She is a regular performer in Sydney and has also performed in Melbourne, Auckland, Chennai, London and San Francisco. Vishni is a passionate Veena teacher, an accomplished Bharathanatyam dancer, and is currently in her final year pursuing the Doctor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

Smt. Prema Anandakrishnan

Smt. Prema Anandakrishnan began her musical training at the age of 5 under the late Smt. Savitri Menon, and continued her vocal training under a string of musical luminaries like the late Smt. Venkatalakshmi, Smt. Ananthalakshmi Venkatraman and the late Sri Vechoor Harihara Subramania Iyer of the Sri Thyagaraja parambara. Apart from completing a Master's in Carnatic Music from Kerala University, Prema was an AIR artiste and has given several full length concerts in India and in Australia. She extended her repertoire and knowledge of Carnatic Music in Sydney under the guidance of Smt. Rajalakshmi Venkatachari. She has sung for various dance arangetrams and productions such as Krishnaleelamrutham, Dasavatharam and Namami Narayanam. She is the teacher of various students in Sydney.

Chi. Sanjay Ramaswamy

Sanjay Ramaswamy learns vocal music from Dr. M.S Ramanathan and from Sri Alepey Venkatesan. He was initiated into vocal music by Smt Radha Kalyan. He also plays the violin, having learnt it initially from Sri Nagaraj Iyer and then Sri Balaji Jagannadhan for over a decade. He is currently learning from Sri B U Ganesh Prasad. Sanjay has won many prizes in various musical competitions held in Sydney. He regularly accompanies musicians on the violin in the various music forums across Australia. Sanjay holds a dual Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of New South Wales

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.

Chi. Harish Gopikan Ravindran

Harish initiated his Mridangam training under Dr. Suresh Ramachandra in Auckland, New Zealand. Harish is fortunate in pursuing extensive training for the past 10 years and has become a proud disciple of vidwan Sri. Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi of Chennai. 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, Subham Fine Arts Chennai, London Sri Murugan Temple and Tamils of Northern California. Harish is also blessed to have accompanied many visiting artistes from Chennai.