Sri Krishna Vadya Vrindam - Vocal

K.S Balakrishnan: Vocal

Sri K.S Balakrishnan is a leading Carnatic Vocalist is a multi faceted artist from Chennai, India. Balakrishnan has mastered the art of carnatic music with the training and grace from his revered gurus like Sri Chengannur Balamuralikrishna, Sri Venmani Sukumaran, Violin Maestro, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr M.Chandrasekharan and Rajkumar Bharathi.

Apart from being a soloist, Balakrishnan, is also well versed in Nattuvangam and is prolific composer for dance ballets. He has sung and done Navttuvangam with Indian Dance legends like Smt Krishnaveni Lakshman, Malavika Sarukkai, Smt Priyadarshini Govind, Smt Chita Vishweswharan, Leela Samson & Gopika Verma.

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Kaushik Champakeshan: Vocal

Talented Carnatic Vocalist Kaushik will be on the Lead vocals and will be touring for the Sri Krishna Vadya Vrindam this year. He initially started learning mridangam at the age of 12 under the guidance of Nanganallur Swaminathan and later came under the tutelage of Srimushnam Raja Rao. Then Kaushik was attracted to the Vocal music & had intense training in vocal carnatic music from Smt. Padma Sandilyan and Sri A.S.Murali. With strong foundations in rhythm & melody he blossomed as a soulful vocalist and has been a rising star in his field .He has been very highly sought after dance vocalist and has travelled globally on concert tours.

His performances have earned wide acclaim from critics and music lovers in India and abroad. Kaushik has accompanied eminent dancers in the field of Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohini Attam. Kaushik was awarded the title Ganamrutha Ratna in the year 2006 by Natarajar Muthamizh Sabha and Isai Selvan in the year 2009 by Nritya Bharatanjali.

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Ramya Sundaresan: Vocal

Ramya Sundaresan, was initiated into Carnatic music at the age of 3 by her mother, Smt. Gayathri Sundaresan. She was fortunate to be able to study under Smt Lalitha of Kalakshetra, Smt. Devaki Iyer and Smt. Kamala Krishnamurthy for seven years after which she received advanced training from Sri V. Vamanan in Mumbai. During her college years in Mumbai, Ramya was a lead singer in a number of fusion bands, singing both Indian classical and Western styles with equal flair. She has several commercial jingles and classical concerts to her credit. Ramya has scored the music for the dance productions Abhijnyna Shkuntalam, Ponnolir Bhratam & Chandlik directed by Dr. Jayashree Rajagopalan and has toured all over India with her troupe for over ten years. She leads the orchestral team for the Natyarpana Dance Company and also scores music for its productions. She recently completed a tour of Europe and India, singing for the renowned Bharatanatyam dancer, Rama Vaidyanathan.

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K. R. Sudha Rani: Vocal

Lead Vocalist K.R SudhaRani is from Vijayawada. With a career spanning more than a decade and half, she has sung in around 1500 programs. She learnt South Indian music from the famous Violinist Sri Annavarapu Rama Swamy, Sri Ampolu Murali Krishna, and Sri Pemmaraju Suryarao. Sudharani has been awarded many accolades and has been appreciated by connoisseurs for her melodic rendition. She toured as a featured guest in Malaysia through the invitation of Malaysian Telugu Association and also toured Europe from the invitation of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations). Sudharani has toured all over India and has performed for various Dance performances conducted by different organizations. Sudharani has released more than 100 albums by various labels. She is presently anchoring for Doordarshan's Saptagiri channel for their different programmes.

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Sri Krishna Vadya Vrindam - Mridangam

B.V. Ganesh Rao: Mridangam

Born in a family of Traditional Musicians, B.V Ganesh had his initial training in Mridangam from Guru Kumbakonam Sreenivasan. He rapidly climbed the ladder of success at a very young age and has accompanied on the Mridangam to all the leading Dancers in both the Bharathanatyam and kuchipudi styles. Field to mention a few are Dr. Vempatti Chinnasathyam, Dhananjayans, Narasimha Chari VasanthaLakshmi, Dr. Saraswathi, Smt ManjuBhargavi, Shobhana, Prathibha Prahallad, Durgadevi, Meenakshi Sheshadri, M. V. N. Murthy and many other leading Dancers. Ganesh has performed in many prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center. He has done many global tours & has played many Jugalbandhis and Thala Vadya Kutcheries on the Tabala accompanying the Stalwarts like Shri. Karaikudi R.Mani, Shri. Umayalapuram Sivaraman, Shri. Vikku Vinayakaraman & Shri. Haridwara Mangalam A.K.Palanivel and has also appeared on the television on many occasions for the programs broadcasted on the National Network.

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M.S. Sukhi: Mridangam

Holding a post graduate diploma for Bharathanatyam from Kalakshetra, M.S.Sukhi is a versatile multi faceted artist of Mridangam, Nattuvangam and classical music. He is a disciple of Sri R.Ramesh in the Guru Karaikudi Mani style of Mridangam playing. He is an established Mridangam artist of merit and is known for his crisp rendering of rhythmic innovations and intricate, vibrant techniques in Mridangam playing.

He was awarded the title of 'Daasyam Swaralaya' by Dasyam Fine Arts, Chennai. He has performed in India and abroad and has been features in many prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center, Jacobs Pillow, World Music Institute, Broadway-New York, Smithsonian, Washington DC etc. He has been on many global tours and performs with leading dancers and musicians. Sukhi has toured the US, Europe, UK, Australia, Japan and Singapore. He is one of the sought after musicians in the field of classical dance and music in India.

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G. Ganesan: Mridangam

G. Ganeshan had his training in Mridangam from Guru Hanumanthapuram R.J. Bhuvaragan for more than 20 years. He was awarded the Govt of India Scholarship, and the Best mridangist award from the VDS Arts Academy, Chennai, India. He has accompanied leading dancers like Uma Dhandayuthapahani, Parvathi Ravi Ganta Sala, K.J.Sarasa, Indra Rajan, Venniradai Nirmala (Film Actress)

He has also accompanied with Haridwara mangalam A.K Palanivel (Tavil) & toured with him to Srilanka.He has also participated in all the prestigious Dance and Music Festivals in India and Abroad. He has toured Bangkok, Canada, Mauritius,Dubai & Srilanka. Ganesan has been featured in all major Tamil TV Channels like the Sun TV , Vijay TV , Raj TV & is a graded artist if All India Radio & Doordarshan. He also holds a bachelors degree in Music from the University of Madras. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience and has worked d a music instructor in Kola Saraswathi Higher Secondary), Papanasam Sivan Fine Arts Academy and at AVM Rajeswari Higher Secondary School.

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Ramesh Ramalingappa: Mridangam

Student of legendary percussion master Vasudeva Rao, Ramesh is versatile percussionist who can play more than 5 instruments. He holds a rank in Vidwath Exams and has awarded prestigeous Ananya Yuva Puraskar. He has accompanied major classical musicians and dancers since 1980's.

Ramesh was a featured artist in Indian Dance music festivals such as Hampi Dance Festival, Mysore International Music Festival, The Royal Kadamba festival of dance and music and others. He is an A graded artist from All India Radio the National Radio station of India. He has accompanied famous musicians such as TV Gopalakrsihnan, MS Gopalakrishnan, Neyveli Santhana Gopalana, TV Shankaranarayana, RK Surya Narayana and others.

Ramesh, with his percussion band Nandi Talavadya, has toured European countries such as Holland, Germany and other countries. Ramesh is a highly sought after mrudangam artist in classical music, Indian dance and recording industry of Bangalore, India.

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Sri Krishna Vadya Vrindam - Violin

Melakaveri Thiagarajan: Violin

Thiagarajan received innumerous accolades & Awards, Medals & titles conferred: He received as the Best from Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha; he was also awarded the title Nadha Isai Selvar by a Musical institution of Chennai.

He was awarded the title Yuva Kala Bharathi by Bharat Kalachar in the year 2002. Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in the year 2007. With his rich professional experience over 20 years, Thigarajan toured has had several successful foreign tours. Thiagarajan has completely dedicated his life for music & has been a rising star in his field.

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Madurai Srinivasan Kannan: Violin

Violinist M.S Kannan hails from a musical family .He is the son of well known Composer, mridangam artist Madurai T Srinivasan. Kannan had violin training from Kandadevi Chellam Iyengar & had advance d training from C.N Chandrashekar of All India Radio, Bangalore. Apart from being an accompanist, He is also a soloist. He is a B High grade artist of All India Radio, Chennai. Kannan hold a bachelors degree from the Tamil Nadu Govt Music College. Kannan has accompanied all leading Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam Dancers in India & Abroad. Kannan has been featured in orchestras of leading South Indian Cine Music Directors for Movies including South Indian Music Maestro Ilayaraja. He also participated in All India Radio, Doordarshan and private Channels Recordings. Has toured globally and has done more than 20 foreign tours.

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N.N. Ganesh Kumar: Violin

Ganesh learnt from age of 10 under the tutelage of senior violin maestro Mr. H.K. Narasimha Murthy of Mysore, who was Staff artist in All India Radio in Mysore. He took 15 years of dedicated training in Carnatic classical music with him in Mysore. Later he received advance training from another violin Guru from Chennai - Mr. M.A. Sundaresan.

Ganesh is teaching for the past 20 years and trained many students in India, Singapore and U.S.A. He worked as a Violin tutor in prestigious Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society, Singapore for 7 years and trained hundreds of students. Six of his students got I and II prize for continuous three years at national level conducted by National Arts Council, Singapore.

Ganesh has accompanied hundreds of Music recordings for dance performances. He was invited to accompany many Bharathanatyam performances from peer organization such as Shanthala Arts Academy, Kirans, Padmini Ramachandran and others.

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Vikram Raghukumar: Violin

Vikram Ragukumar, had his initial training was under legendary violinist Vidwan H.V. Krishnamurthy at Vijaya College of Music, Bangalore. Vikram later had intensive training from All India Radio A grade Violinist Vidwan B. Raghuram. Vikram has performed extensively in India and abroad as an accompanist .Vikram also performs Solo violin concerts & has been accompanying dance performances. He has accompanied on the violin several popular artistes like Sri Vidyabhushana, Whistle wizard K.Sivaprasad Bharathnatyam exponent Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan and many others.

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Sri Krishna Vadya Vrindam - Flute

C.V .Sudhakar: Flute

C.V. Sudhakar hails from a family of musicians and his ancestors were court musicians in the royal Tanjore Court of Tamilnadu. Sudhakar had his initial training at the tender age of 7 from his father grandfather Chittor Gopalakrishnan, and well known a grade artist of All India Radio. Later on he had intense training from his father Sri Chittoor Venkatesan who is a flute virtuoso, a top ranking artist of All India Radio.

Sri. Sudhakar has awarded Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Kanchipuram . Sudhakar has played duets with his father Sri Chittor Venkatesan. He has also been featured in many commercial recordings and Light music shows with legends like S.P Balasubramaniam, Vani Jayaram, Bombay Sisters, Nityasri Mahadevan, and others. He has also worked with many film music directors like Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan, L Krishnan & Rajkumar Bharathy.

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Kadapa Raghavendran: Flute

Raghavendran started learning vocal music at a very young age from SMt Alakananda. With excellent foundation in Vocal music he got attracted to the divine instrument of Lord Krishna The Bamboo Flute from Sri R. Thyagarajan who is the son of the legendary Flute Maestro Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr N Ramani.

Raghavendra has been awarded titles like Venu Gana Mani & Venu Ganan Rathna from Muisc organizations of India. He has been a Visiting Professor in the Tamil Nadu Government Music College & also worked as a Flute tutor at Chettinad Vidyashramam, & Kola Perumal Group of Schools. Raghavendra has served as the Secretary & Trustee of Triplicate Arts & Culture Trust, Rasarangam & Purandara Dasarangam. Raghavendra has been very successful as Indian Dance accompanist & is one of the sought after musicians in the field of classical dance and music in India.

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Partha Aji: Flute

Partha is an upcoming artist from Raleigh, NC. He has been undertaking advanced flute lessons under Sri V.K. Raman for the past 7 years. He has accompanied numerous dance arangetrams on flute in the US. In addition to flute Partha also plays mridangam, ghatam, khanjira and morsing and as a percussionist he has performed in several concerts in India and US. He has widely toured across India and toured the U.S.A...He has performed all over India in many prestigious organizations

Partha a multi faceted musician with his rich musical experience is a much sought after flautist for all South Indian dance performances Partha also holds a masters degree in Computer Science, and works as a software Engineer in Raleigh, North Carolina... Partha spends most of his spare time on the propagation of Indian music & looking for greater achievements his field.

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V.K. Raman: Flute

Raman Kalyan, popularly known as Flute Raman is one of the worlds leading Flautists in the Carnatic style of Music. Raman won the Best Flautist Award from Madras Music Academy & is a featured artist in the "Miles from India" tour & performs with legends Dave Liebman ( Grammy Winner), Lenny White, Mandolin Shrinivas, Selvaganesh (Remember Shakti), Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), and John Beasley (Finding Nemo). Raman has also been touring as a special guest with the legendary Singer & Guinness record holder K.J. Yesudas. Ramans latest CD, "Music for Deep Meditation", produced by Inner Splendour Media, reached the #1 Spot on the Apple I tunes in the world music category & has been on the top 50 for more than 6 months. As a performer, Composer, producer, educator, he has performed in all genres of music and has been very successful as a Music Composer. He has scored music for many Audio / Video Albums; CDs and has released more than 50 Cds which includes several best sellers through various labels worldwide. Raman has also worked with all leading dance legends like the Dhananjayans, C.V. Chandrashekar, and Adyar Lakshman.

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