By Amritha Murali
Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 4:30 PM
Fugett Middle School Auditorium
500 Ellis Lane
West Chester, PA 19380
Carnatic Vocal Concert by Amritha Murali, accompanied by RK Shriramkumar on the Violin and K Arun Prakash on the Mridangam.
Amritha Murali (Vocal)
Amritha started off as a violinist and quickly established herself in the Chennai and India circuit as a regular accompanist.
Since getting involved in learning and performing solo vocal her rise and progress has been methodic and meteoric at the same time.
Much like Hollywood for music here – Music Academy is The Institution exemplifying all Carnatic Classical music. Its awards are most coveted and recognized in India and around the world.
Amritha Murali easily won the best-vocalist award in the senior category of the Annual Music Academy – a hoary tradition. She reiterated her stellar class by winning the award several times in the last 10 years
Amritha Murali is a disciple of Sri K.R. Kedaranathan, Smt. Meera Kedaranathan and Smt. Rama Ravi. She is currently under the tutelage of Sri P.S. Narayanaswamy. She also trains under Smt. T. Rukmini for violin playing. Amritha has performed for major organizations all over the country and abroad. A recipient of many prizes and awards, Amritha has to her credit ‘Isai Chudar’ from Kartik Fine Arts, ‘Yuva Kala Bharathi’ from Bharat Kalachar, ‘Naada Oli’ from Naada Inbam, Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Award, Smt. M.L. Vasantakumari Award from Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, ‘M.S. Subbulakshmi Award’ from Narada Gana Sabha, Yuva Kalakaar Puraskar from Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai, All India Radio National Competition Prize, Outstanding senior vocalist award from the Music Academy, to name a few. Amritha is an A grade artist of the AIR. Equally adept at playing the violin, she has won numerous awards and prizes for the same and has accompanied on the violin many senior artistes all over the country and abroad. She has been an active member and a past Vice- president of the Youth Association for Classical music (YACM) . Musicians, rasikas and critics have been highly appreciative of her adherence to classical values and the aesthetic appeal of her concerts.
Sriramkumar Krishnamurthy (RK Shriramkumar – Violinist)
R K Shriramkumar belongs to the Rudrapatnam family of musicians, a family with a glorious musical tradition. He is the grandson of the much respected Vidvan Shri R K Venkatarama Shastri.
Having had his initial lessons in violin playing from Vidushi Smt Savitri Satyamurthy, Shriramkumar was trained in violin playing and vocal music by his grandfather Shri R K Venkatarama Shastri. He later received guidance in violin playing from Vidvan Shri V V Subrahmanyam and in vocal music from Sangita Kalanidhi Shri D K Jayaraman.
His skills were further honed through the association and knowledge that he gained by accompanying the doyens of Carnatic music like Sangita Kalanidhis Shri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Smt M S Subbulakshmi, Smt D K Pattammal, Shri D K Jayaraman, Shri Palghat K V Narayanaswamy, Smt T Brinda and others.
Shriramkumar’s discography includes, apart from his solo recordings, his violin accompaniment with reputed artistes and has had the blessed opportunity of participating in a very unique recording entitled ‘Divine Unison’ featuring the veterans Shri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Smt M S Subbulakshmi.
A recipient of many awards, Shriramkumar has traveled far and wide on concert tours. His solo performances, lec-dems and outreach programs have also been greatly received and appreciated by audiences world-wide. He has set to music many a lyric and has also composed the music for many dance productions. ‘Sri Sharada Stuti Manjari’ – a recording rendered by Smt Bombay Jayashri that contains the compositions of the Jagadgurus of Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham,‘Sita Vishlesha Trayam’ – a dance production by Dr Vyjayantimala Bali and ‘Sayujya’ – a collaborative production by Smt Priyadarsini Govind & Shri T M Krishna are a few notable works, amongst many, that feature Shriramkumar’s musical creations.
Arun Prakash Krishnan (K ArunPrakash – Percussionist)
Arun Prakash is the son of the renowned music composer Kalaimamani Sri L. Krishnan. He began learning the art of playing the mridangam from Kalaimamani Ramanathapuram Sri M.N. Kandaswamy Pillai from the age of 9, and had begun performing in concerts by the age of 11. Since then, Arun Prakash has had the honor of accompanying musicians like the great Smt. D.K. Pattammal, Palghat Sri K.V. Narayanaswamy, Sri T.N. Krishnan, and Sri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. He has performed throughout India, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Arun Prakash’s style can be described as a blend of tradition and modernity with which he enhances the overall concert experience. His accompaniment, during all aspects of a concert, is musical and he weaves in unique and complex mathematical calculations without sacrificing the aesthetics of the music. Arun Prakash has won various awards including Best Young Mridangist from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (1984), Best Mridangist from The Music Academy (1994.1996,1999, 2002, 2005), Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar (1996). He also has the distinction of being the first percussionist to receive the Kalki Krishnamurthy award (2000)