Sri Krishna Vadya Vrindam - Vocal

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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Aparna Sharma: Vocal

Ms. Aparna Sharma is a renowned Bharatanatyam Dancer, Guru, Choreographer, Nattuvanar and Singer hailing from Kerala. Started performing at the age of 6 she has given more than 700 shows. After being a district Kalathilakam for 10 consecutive years in the District of Trissur, she went on to become State Kalathilakam twice in the State of Kerala. A recipient of the National Award for Kuchipudi, she also bagged the prestigious CCRT fellowship at a tender age (Ministry of Culture, Government of India).

Aparna has the rare ability to sing and do nattuvangam simultaneously, a special ability which probably few people have in the field of dance. She is also being recognised by Council for International Dances, UNESCO Paris. She is a trained classical vocalist for 18 years. Aparna has a BA, MA in Bharatanatyam. She is currently pursuing PhD in Bharatanatyam from Mysore University.

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Kumar Das: Vocal

Kumar Das is one of the most sought after Vocalist for Indian Dancers. has his Bachelors in Music from Sri Swathi Tirunal Music College in Carnatic Music. Kumar has performed for various sabhas such as Indian Fine Arts, Karthik Fine Arts, Valayapatti Foundation etc. He has given music concerts in R K Swamy Hall, IIT Campus and in Sundaram (Sai temple). Kumar has performed in many prestigious venues all over Indian and has done a tour of USA.

Kumar has been in the music field since 1987 & is Grade B artiste in All India Radio (TN) & Doordarshan . ( Indian TV Channel ) Kumar has also played an important role as teacher have been training students in Carnatic music for the past 10 years.

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Umashankar Balakrishna: Vocal

B.Umashankar, a versatile artiste, who hails from a family of musicians,learnt music under the tutelage of Sangeetha Vidwan Needamangalam (late) Shri.V.V.Subramania Iyer and “Bombay Sisters” Smt.C.Saroja & Smt.C.Lalitha. He learned additional special music lessons from Sangeetha kalanidhi.Sri.T.K.Govinda Rao,learned tiruppugazh from Thiruppugazh anbargal Guruji Sri.A.S.Raghavan, learned some hindusthani bhajans and abhangs from Pandit.Ajoy Chokraborthy and Pandit Samaresh chowdary.

He has carved a niche for himself as a vocalist, Music teacher, composer, music director, Publisher and an efficient organizer of Music programmes, Music competitions etc.

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Sri Krishna Vadya Vrindam - Mridangam

B.V. Ganesh Rao: Mridangam

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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Karra Srinivasa Rao: Mridangam

Karra Srinivas is a disciple of the Great Mridagsm Maestro Shri Karaikudi R Mani. he is an A grade artist of All India Radio and master degree in Mridangam. He won The Best Junior Concert” award of the year 2008-2009 from MUSIC ACADEMY MADRAS. He also won the The Best Supporting Mridangist” Endowment Award of the year 2006-2007 from SRUTHI LAYA KENDRA & SRUTHI LAYA KENDRA NATRAJALAYA.

He has given several lecture demostrations for the Centre For Cultural Resources and Training CCRT (Ministry Of Culture). He also works as a Cultural Officer and conducting Music Concerts all over the AP organized by the ASCT, Sri Chakra Cements, and prepares students for Diploma, Grades in AIR and to accompany concerts.

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Jayasankar: Mridangam

Sri Jayasankar is a multifaceted artist hails from a musical family and has the distinction of accompanying all the three styles of Indian Dances such as Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohini Attam. He belongs to a great art tradition nurtured by his father Nattuvan Sri Paramasivan who was a doyen of Bharathanatyam. His mother is a well known Carnatic musician. Jayasankar has toured globally and has accompanied all leading Dancers including The Dhanajayans, Gopika Varma and many others.

Jayasankar provides the essential percussive ingredient to any dance recital with lively dexterity. With a few varieties of drums he is able to recreate almost any of the myriad percussive sounds in Indian music. Jayasankar has accompanied India’s finest dancers and musicians on television and stage. He has also got the rare opportunity of accompanying very eminent artists like Shri Pandit Ravishankar. While working with the Dhananjayans’ Bharatakalanjali he has travelled the world over and performed in almost all the prestigious dance and Music Festivals of india and abroad.

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Sathyanarayana Sriram: Mridangam

Sathyanarayana had his initial training from S. THILLAISTHAANAM SURIYANARAYANAN. Later after several years of basic training had his advance training from the mridangam maestro Srimushnam Raja Rao. Sathya follows the Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer style of Mridanga playing. Sathya had won many awards including the coveted "Yuva Laya Nandi Dasa" He is also an asthana vidwan of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peeta Asthana Vidwan.

Sathya has accompanied many Carnatic concerts and has accompanied all popular Bharathanatyam dancers . He has also participated in many world music concerts and devotional concerts Sathya got the privilege of sharing the stage with the Oscar winner A.R Rahman and he ha performed in many prestigious organizations in India. He has toured Dubai and has done several workshops and master classes in Rhythm workshop

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Sri Krishna Vadya Vrindam - Violin

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. Later he received advanced 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. He was invited to teach in Pittsburgh Temple in 2011.

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. His violin support for recent album of “Sri Chakra” for Soorya Performing Arts is simply amazing.

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C.K. Vijayraghavan: Violin

Sri C.K. Vijayaraghavan hails from a family of muscians. He started learning violin at the age of 7. He was very much blessed to learn this divine art from his grandfather violin legend Kalaimamani Sri Chittoor Gopalakrishnan. He did graduation in commerce and post graduation in Indian music at Madras University. He has received advanced scholarship from ministry of human resources from 1997-1999 and the Music Academy Scholarship from 1998.

He is the recipient of many awards like the Best Biolinist Award from the Music Academy in the year 2001 and Krishna Gana Sabha in the year 1997, Violin Isai Vendan by Flute institute, London, Violin Nadha Sironmani by Prassanna Bharatha Vidhyalaya, Chennai, Thanthi Nadha Jothi by Mayura Natyanjali, Mayiladuthurai. He is the asthana vidwan of kanchi kamakoti peetam, Kancheepuram.

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Mahadasu Neeladri Rao: Violin

Mahadasu Neeladri is one of the most sought after violinist from Vizianagaram, South India. He studied music from several gurus such as Sri P.Trinadha Rao. Sri G.Annaji Rao. Sri Ch.Sanyasi Rao. He had his advanced training from the great violin maestro. Sri Dwaram Durga Prasada Rao. He has performed in most prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.

Mahadasu Neeladri is a A.I.R. & T.V. B. High Grade Artist. He has won several awards such as Best Violinst in Sangeeta Kala Samathi, Visakhaptnam, and Best Youth Award from Department of Youth Service (A.P). He has composed music for several dance ballets including Kumara Sambhavam, Krushnam Vande Jagadgurum, Astha Lakshmi Vybhavam and Bharathiya Vybhavam. He has released several CDs: Sri Sankara Malasthuthi, Sri :alith Mala Sthuthi, Bhakthi Sangeetha Lahari, and Light Music. Neeladri has served as Music Head and Director, Rushi Gurukula Vidyalaya, (SSY) Visakhapatnam as a Musicologist.

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Krishna Subramanian: Violin

Krishna Subramanian has his initial training from “Bhrammasri” “Kalaimamani” “Kanchi Kamakoti Peeta Asthana Vidwan” Late Sri Chittoor Gopalakrishnan. At the age of 7, Sri Krishnan started practicing Violin under his guru and Grandfather Sri Chittoor Gopala Krishnan, “A” Grade Staff Artist (Retd), AIR Madras. His grandfather Chittoor Gopala Krishan taught him many secrets of the art and the technicalities of the instrument.

Sri Krishnan is an approved “B - HIGH” Grade Violinist from ALL INDIA RADIO, MADRAS - 4 under the MUSIC AUDITION BOARD, AAKASHAVANI BHAVAN Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of India New Delhi. During the year 1988, Sri Krishnan got Scholarship for his Violin recital- screening test held in Bangalore from “CCRT” (Centre for Cultural Resources and Training) Government of India undertaking, New Delhi.

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Sri Krishna Vadya Vrindam - Flute

C.K. Pathanjali: Flute

C.K. Pathanjali hails from a family of musicians. He learnt flute at the age of 8 from his grandfather, Sri Chittoor Gopalakrishnan. He has played for several music recordings under popular music directors like Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, G.S. Mani, and S.V. Venkatarama Iyer.

Pathanjali has been awarded "Asthana Vidwan" of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt by His Holiness Sri Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal in 2006. He has been awarded "Venu Vadhana Ratna" by Sreemad Abhinava Vidyadhara Swamigal, Mysore. He has been awarded "Padma Bharathi" by Padma Sarangapani Cultural Academy. Pathanjali has a lot of innovative ideas in the field of carnatic music, and has given performances in several countries such as Mexico, Oxaca, USA, and UAE.

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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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Vulli Bhima Sankara Murali: Flute

Vulli Bhima Sankara Murali , is a highly talented flutist who can play both styles of Indian Music. He initially learnt the south indian Style at a very young age and later learnt the hindhusthani style of music . Murali has a diploma in music from the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu Vishwavidyalayam.

Murali received the Guinness record for giving the flute accompaniment in the world Kuchipudi convention.Murali has performed in all major organizations in India and has travelled on concert tours to Vienna , Bulgaria , Turkey , Poland , Greece , Mauritius , Germany , USA, Dubai & France . Apart from being flautist murali is also a music composer and well versed in Piano .

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Vinod Kumar: Flute

Vinod is an young talented brilliant flautist hails from a musical family. He has performed at all leading venues in South Indian and has and toured USA several trips. He has over 15 years of experience of Solo performances, Dance programmes, and Ensembles. He has been performing in the Natyanjali programmes which are held in Chidambaram, Maayavaram, Tanjore and Thiruvaiyaru for past 5 years.

Vinod was awarded "Kalai Ila Mani" by the Government of Tamilnadu, "Yuva Sri Kala Bharathi" by Madurai Barathi Yuva Kendra, Kuzhal Isai Selvan from Lions Club International, Perambalur.

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