Kamalakiran Vinjamuri- Violin:
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri is a 9th grader in West Springfield High School. His initial guru was his grand-father, Sri. Parthasarathy Iyengar. Then he had some training from Smt. Malladi Vijayalakshmi garu. His father, Sri. Subhash Vinjamuri, a violinist himself started teaching him violin at the age of 7. When he is in the U.S., he gets his training from his father and when visiting India, he is under the tutelage of Ms. Kanayakumari garu. He has been accompanying several artistes and has been giving solo performances both in the U.S. and in India. He has won several prizes in different music competitions, in India as well as in the US. In December 2010 music season, Kamalakiran got the Best Violinist Award from Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha in Chennai. Kamalakiran plays Carnatic Classical music on the Keyboard and Mouth Organ as well. He has also performed in several Kuchipudi dance ballets choreographed and taught by his aunt, Smt. Mrinalini Sadananda and he is into Guinness Book of world Records for large Kuchipudi group dance, held in Cupertino, CA by Silicon Andhra. Kamalakiran is also learning Western violin.
About Athrey Nadhan- Mridangam:
Athrey Nadhan, from Chicago, IL started learning the art of playing the Mridangam at the age of five and is currently undergoing advanced training from the esteemed professional, Srimushnam Sri V. Raja Rao in Chennai, India. Athrey has accompanied several leading musicians including Flute T.S. Shankaran, Flute R. Tyagarajan, Seetha Rajan, Trichy Ramesh, K. Gayathri, Shankaran Namboodhri, B.U. Ganesh Prasad, Vidya Kalyanaraman, Manasi Prasad, Carnatic Music idol Bharat Sundar, Kiranavalli, Nirmala Rajasekhar and D. Balakrishna among many others. Athrey has performed in several concerts across the United States as well as in various Music Sabhas in Chennai and Trichy including the Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha and Raga Sudha during the Music Season in December. Athrey and Kamalakiran Vinjamuri won the first National Talent Search Competition conducted by Cleveland Aradhana in 2009 and have played together in several concerts in India and USA. Athrey also learns Carnatic vocal music from Ganesh Prasad and plays the clarinet as part of the Wind Ensemble as a high school senior in Naperville, IL.
About Sowmiya J Narayanan- Ghatam:
Sowmiya J Narayanan (Ghatam) started his initial Ghatam /Mridangam training in Chennai thru Sri V Rajashekar and Sri V Suresh brothers. He also underwent training under the guidance of Sri. Srinath Bala from Maryland.
Presently he is learning from Dr. Ghatam Karthick from Chennai and also from Sri Vijay Ganesh of Chantilly, VA. Sowmi played pivotal role in arranging Yuva Prathiba concert featuring Ghatam Karthick along with local artistes from US.
Sowmiya is a active particiipant in all the local musical festivals in MD/VA and DC and many times accompanied Sri Kamalakiran and Sri Subash garu.
About VedaPraveen Machiraju- Kanjira:
VedaPraveen is a 12th grader at South Lakes High School, Reston, Virginia. He commenced his tutelage in Carnatic Classical Music vocal when he was in India and is at present learning from Smt. Padmini Iyer in Chennai and with the blessings of Sri Vinjamuri Subhash as mentor and guide. He started learning Carnatic Classical Music from the age of 7. He gave his first Vocal concert in Sri KanakaDurga Temple in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh at the age of 11 and has been performing in various states in USA and India. He has won several classical and light music competitions in India from institutions like Kaladarshini, Rasatarangini and also won several competitions in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Music Festival. He is Learning Mridangam and Kanjira from Sri Vijay Ganesh and has been accompanying several artists in DC Metro area. He was also a part of Dr. Ghatam Karthik's percussion ensamble that has given several performences during May-June in America.
Ratipriya Suresh began her dance journey in 1998 under the tutelage of Smt.
Ramaa Ramesh, Director of Nardhana Academy of Dance and a senior disciple
of Padmashri Smt. Chitra Visweswaran. Ratipriya’s performance is marked by
her grace and keen aesthetic sense. Ratipriya’s progress swiftly led to her
Arangetram in 2004, presided over by The Deputy Commissioner of Arts, Dr.
Carol Lawrence. Thereafter, she got numerous opportunities to perform under
the Nardhana banner. Workshops and individual training with her Grand Guru,
Padmashri Smt. Chitra Visweswaran further enriched her learning experience.
In 2006, she was interviewed with Podhigai Channel of Doordharshan, Chennai,
India as a budding Bharathanatyam dancer from the United States.
Ratipriya got the opportunity to perform at various sabhas in the 2007-2008
Dance Festival in Chennai. These events including a pre-arranged performance
at The Music Academy received rave reviews in The Hindu and other local
In March 2009, she competed in Jaya TV’s Thaka Dhimi Tha, an Indian TV show
for Bharathanatyam, judged by Smt. Vidya Saranyan.
She is currently a senior staff member of Nardhana Academy. Ratipriya has had
the privilege of rendering ‘Nattuvangam’ for her Guru Smt. Ramaa Ramesh’s
Ratipriya has served the Greater Philadelphia area with numerous lecture
demonstrations, fundraisers, and cultural programs. Her Bollywood choreography
for Betsy Daily School of Performing Arts, a local dance company, won the
International Choreography Platinum Award in competition. In May 2011, she
received honorable mention for the premiere of Indian Classical and Bollywood
Choreography at The University of the Arts. She trained ten UArts dance majors
who have never been exposed to this art form before. This unique collaboration
was highly commended by faculty, staff and students.
Ratipriya attends The University of the Arts in Philadelphia pursuing Graphic
Design. Her experience and portfolio include MTV EPIX HD (A Viacom
Company), Anthropologie, Apple Inc., and BMW. In January 2011, SRUTI, The
India Music and Dance Society, Philadelphia selected Ratipriya to design the
logotype, identity, and marketing materials for their twenty-fifth year celebrations.
The pursuit of Bharathanatyam began as a self-motivated venture for Ratipriya.
However, over the years, with the blessings of her Guru and loved ones, it has
blossomed into a self-defining avenue.