About Madurai R. Sundar
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Madurai R Sundar was initiated at a very early age into Carnatic music by his aunt Mrs. Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan, herself a musician of repute. Later Sundar came under the tutelage of the musical legend Sangeetha Kalanidhi Madurai T.N.Seshagopalan in 1972 and made his debut in 1974.
Sundar, a resident of the United States of America, and his wife Padma run a music school ‘Trinity Academy of Fine Arts’ in the metropolitan Detroit area. A few of his students have blossomed into performing artistes in their own right.
Sundar has performed extensively in India, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada and the Middle East. He is an “A” graded artiste of the All India Radio.
About Sandhya Anand
Smt. Sandhya Anand is an All India Radio graded professional Violinist and Vocalist having exposure to traditional Carnatic Music genre for around 23 years. She has performed over 1000 concerts in India and abroad having learnt and nurtured the divine art under eminent Gurus Padmabhushan Sri. T.V.Gopalakrishnan, (Vocal and Violin), Sangeetha Kalacharya Smt. Suguna Varadachari (Vocal), Sri. R. Swaminathan (Violin) and Sri. K.S. Suryanarayanan (Flute).
Her vocal and violin performances at several prestigious sabhas in India and USA including the Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt and Sringeri Sarada Mutt have won her several awards and accolades. A postgraduate in Music and Sanskrit, she regularly featured in AIR, Doordarshan and other TV channels.
As a violinist she has performed with top grade artistes like Padmabhushan T V Gopalakrishnan, Padmabhushan Sri R K Srikantan, Sangita Kalacharya Suguna Varadachari, Sudha Raghunathan, Seetha Rajan, Vishakha Hari, P Unnikrishnan, Kunnakkudi Balamuralikrishna, Sikkil Gurucharan, Priya Sisters and Bombay S. Jayashree to name a few.
About Rajna Swaminathan
Rajna Swaminathan started learning mridangam from her father Dr. P. K. Swaminathan at the age of 5 and came under the direct tutelage of Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman at the age of 8. During spring 2009, Rajna toured USA in an all female ensemble featuring Smt Lalgudi Viji (violin), Smt Sikkil Mala (flute), Smt Jaishree Jairaj (veenai) and Smt Bhagyalakshmi (Moresing). Rajna debuted in Chennai during summer 2005. She received great approbation from dignitaries and musicians. Rajna performs regularly during the Chennai December Music Festival. Rajna received the "Best Junior Mridangam Artiste" award from Music Academy, 2007. She is the youngest and the first female to get this award. Rajna performs mridangam for Dance programs. During 2006, Rajna won a Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award, using which she learned the nuances of playing mridangam for dance. Rajna is co-artistic director of Rhythm Fantasies, Inc. - a non-profit organization that strives to promote South Indian classical music and dance in a space that encourages education and enrichment through innovation and cross-cultural collaboration. Rajna holds degrees in Anthropology and French from the University of Maryland, College Park.