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SRUTI Day

Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:00 AM

Venue : Bharatiya Temple,
1612 County Line Rd,
Chalfont, PA 18914


email: srutiphila@gmail.com
Phone: 267-797-7006

Program Schedule

10 AM: Annual General Body Meeting (Members only)
12 Noon: Elections to 2018-2019 Board (Members only)
Lunch Break
2 PM: Bala Bhavam concert #1: Vocal by Sindhu and Bhaskari Budhavarapu, Violin by Siddharth Ashokkumar, Mrdangam by Srihari Raman
3:00 PM: Bala Bhavam concert #2: Saxophone by Shishir Kumar, Violin by Shweta Narasimhan, Mrdangam by Sanjay Subramaniam



Bala Bhavam Concert #1
Sindhu and Bhaskari Budhavarapu, Vocal

Siddharth Ashokkumar, Violin,
Srihari, Mrdangam









Bhaskari & Sindhu Budhavarapu have been learning Carnatic Classical Music from Guru Prabha Subramaniam for the past 8 years. Bhaskari is a 4th year Undergraduate student and Sindhu a Senior at High School. They regularly sing at local temples, telugu and Indian association functions and fund raisers. They would like to continue learning and pursue their musical journey and to be known as Budhavarapu Sisters.

Siddarth Ashokkumar has been learning Carnatic music for the past 13 years. He initially learnt the violin from Smt. Ranjani Swamy and voocal from Smt. Lalitha Venkat of New Jersey. He now takes advanced lessons from Sri Vittal Ramamurthy and Sri Srinivasamurthy of Chennai and has also benefited from the guidance of Smt. Kalyani Ramani. A regular performer in the tri-state area.

Srihari Raman hails from a music bloodline, from his uncle, Dr. Udaiyaalur K. Kalyanraman. He has learnt mridangam under Dr. Sriram Balasubramanian and then with Sri. Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan. He has won Sangeetha Bala Samraat in 2015 by Sankara TV, and many other awards in competitions at CMANA, Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, and more. He had given various performances in Cleveland and around Tristate. Srihari also learns and performs vocal music.



Bala Bhavam Concert #2
Shishir Kumar, Saxophone

Shweta Narasimhan, Violin
Sanjay Subramaniam, Mrdangam










Shishir Kumar was initiated into Carnatic Saxophone and currently under the tutelage of Sri.Ramanujam and Padmashri Dr.Kadri Gopalnath. Shishir also plays western classical and jazz music. Shishir has given many concerts in the United States of America as well as various Sabhas in Chennai, India. Shishir has won many awards, including the Ceveland Tyagaraja Aradhana's first prize in Saxophone for 3 consecutive years, and in CMANA. He was awarded the title of Yuvashree Kala Bharathi by the Bharathi Yuvakendra Trust, Madurai in 2016. He was also the winner of the Vadhya Yuva Bharathi title at the Stroudsburg Sringeri Temple in 2016.

Shwetha Narasimhan is a senior student of Smt. Gowri Ramakrishnan in New Jersey, from whom she has been learning for the past 10 years. She started learning violin at the age of 6 from Dr. Narayan Raman in Indianapolis, and was later taught by several violinists, including Shri. Purna Chander Rao, Trichy Shri. Sathyamurthy, and Smt. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi. Swetha has won first prizes in several music festivals, and she enjoys playing for vocal, instrumental, and dance programs around the country. Swetha graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in mathematics, and a master's in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Swetha is a high school teacher in the School District of Philadelphia.

Sanjay Subramaniam started learning mridangam when he was 4 years old; he had his initial training under Sri Krishna Balakrishna and Sri Vinodh Gopinath. Since 2007, he has been undergoing advanced training under mridangam maestro Kalaimamani Sri Guruvayur Dorai in Chennai. Sanjay has competed and won prizes at competitions conducted by leading organizations such as Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam and Cleveland Aradhana. He has accompanied many eminent artistes such as Sri Palai Ramachandran, Sri T.S.Sankaran , and Sri B.U Ganesh Prasad. He has been regularly performing at leading Sabhas in Chennai during the music season over the last several years. Sanjay is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a dual-degree program in computer science and business.