Sruti presents

A Grand Violin Duet featuring
Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

accompanied by

Professor Trichy Sankaran on the Mridangam &
Tripunithura N. Radhakrishnan on the Ghatam

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 4:30PM

West Wike Theater, Agnes Irwin School
275 S. Ithan Avenue,
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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$25 (General Admission Non-members)
$20 (Members)
$15 (Seniors/Students with Valid ID)
$5 (Children 4 - 18)

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About G.J.R. Krishnan
In the sphere of Carnatic music, the name Lalgudi G.J.R Krishnan is instantly associated with melody, rhythm, masterly technique on the violin and overall musical excellence. Born in the lineage of the great Saint and Composer Shri Thyagaraja, he was meticulously groomed by his father and Guru, the great legend Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Raised in an atmosphere redolent of sublime, divine music, Krishnan has metamorphosed into an outstanding musician. Krishnan began his musical training at the tender age of five under the watchful guidance of his illustrious grandfather Lalgudi Gopala Iyer and has been honed to perfection by his illustrious father. His innate talent and the natural brilliance and musical ability combined with focused training and disciplined approach, has elevated him to a much sought after artiste and over the years he has carved an elevated niche for himself as a top-ranking violinist. The Lalgudi Bani is unique in the sense that it comes closest to the gayaki style of musical expression with the sahitya and the emotions embedded in the composition emerging loud and clear. Krishnan has creditably internalized this exquisite quality of violin playing and is recognized by the lay and cognoscenti as an artiste of remarkable merit. He maintains a judicious balance of aesthetics and grammer, not sacrificing one at the altar of the other.

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About Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, daughter and disciple of the great maestro has been a worthy torch bearer of this great parampara. She, along with her brother, Lalgudi Krishnan, is a leading exponent of the Lalgudi style, which is characterized by boundless innovation while strictly adhering to tradition and eloquently capturing the mood and essence of any composition. Her musical excellence, melody, rhythm style and technique and the diligence with which she has gone about maintaining and the stylistic grandeur is a corner stone of her success. She has provided superb violin accompaniment to several leading musicians. Vijayalakshmi also has the credit of leading a music ensemble of the Violin, the Venu or flute and the Veena. She has travelled widely on concert tours both in India and abroad, and has performed in countries all over the world, including the U.S.A, Canada, the U.K., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, Indonesia and Middle East.

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About Professor Trichy Sankaran
Professor Trichy Sankaran is a world-renowned percussion virtuoso, Indian music scholar and composer, and the founding director of Indian music studies at York University. Over the years, Prof. Sankaran has bridged eastern and western pedagogical styles and has influenced generations of students who have become noted performers, composers, and music educators themselves. He has made valuable contributions to many scholarly conferences across North America and has published two major books: one on the theory and techniques of South Indian classical drumming, and the other on the Art of Konnakkol (Solkattu). Trichy Sankaran has performed at major festivals in India, South-East Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. In his 6 decades of concert experience in Carnatic music, he has accompanied all top rank artists of India. In January 2012, Dr. Sankaran received the most coveted honour of 'Sangita Kalanidhi' from the prestigious Music Academy of Madras. Professor Sankaran has published two major textbooks: The Rhythmic Principals and Practice of South Indian Drumming and The Art of Konnakkol.

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About Tripunithura N. Radhakrishnan:
Born into a family of rich musical tradition and discipline, Shri Tripunithura N. Radhakrishnan is the disciple of his father, the late Shri. G. Narayanaswamy, in Mridangam and Ghatam and was also under the tutelage of Shri. T. V. Gopalakrishnan and Shri. Parasala Ravi. He started by accompanying leading musicians on the Ghatam since the age of 11. He has also been a participant of numerous Sangeetha Sammelans and National Programmes of the AIR and Doordarshan. He is a graded Artist in Ghatam and Mridangam in the AIR.