By Amritha Murali
Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 4:30 PM
Fugett Middle School Auditorium
500 Ellis Lane
West Chester, PA 19380
SRUTI is pleased to present a Grand Vocal Concert by Amritha Murali, accompanied by R K Shriramkumar on the Violin, and Arun Prakash Krishnan on the Mridangam.
Please note: No video recording / streaming is available for this in-person concert.
Amritha Murali (Vocal)
Amritha started her music career as a violinist and quickly established herself in Chennai as an accompanist. Later she found her vocal talent and won the best-vocalist award in the senior category of the Annual Music Academy.
Amritha Murali is a disciple of K.R. Kedaranathan, Meera Kedaranathan and Rama Ravi. She is currently learning under P S Narayanaswamy for vocal and trains under T. Rukmini, for violin. Amritha has performed at major concert venues in India and abroad.
Amrita is a recipient of several awards including the ‘M.L. Vasantakumari’ award from Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, the ‘M.S. Subbalakshmi’ award from Narada Gana Sabha, ‘Yuva Kalakaar Puraskar’ award from Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai, and the ‘Outstanding senior vocalist’ award from the Music Academy. Amritha is an ‘A’ grade artist on the All India Radio. Amrita has also received awards as a violinist and has accompanied leading artistes. Musicians, rasikas and critics admire her adherence to classical values and the aesthetic appeal of her concerts.
R K Shriramkumar (Violin)
R K Shriramkumar belongs to the Rudrapatnam family of musicians from Karnataka. His grandfather was the violinist R K Venkatarama Shastri, the brother and guru of R K Srikantan. He received his initial training from Savitri Satyamurthy and from his grandfather. He also trained in Vocal Music under D K Jayaraman and presently receives guidance from V.V. Subramanyam.
Shriramkumar has accompanied some of the legends of Carnatic music like Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, M S Subbalakshmi, D K Pattammal, D K Jayaraman, and K V Narayanaswamy. In a performing career spanning more than two decades, Shriramkumar has performed at festivals including Thyagaraja Aradhana, Madras Music Academy, and Shanmukhananda Sangita Sabha. A recipient of several awards, Shriramkumar has extensively traveled on concert tours in India and abroad. His solo performances, lecture-demonstrations, and outreach programs have also been greatly received and appreciated by audiences world-wide. Shriramkumar has also composed music for dance productions.
Arun Prakash Krishnan (Mridangam)
Arun Prakash is the son of the renowned music composer L. Krishnan. He began learning mridangam from M N Kandaswamy Pillai from the age of 9 and began performing in concerts by the age of 11. Since then, Arun Prakash has had the honor of accompanying legends including D K Pattammal, K V Narayanaswamy, T N Krishnan, and Lalgudi Jayaraman. He has performed at prestigious venues in India and abroad.
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 Carnatic music. Arun Prakash has won several awards including ‘Best Young Mridangist’ from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, ‘Best Mridangist’ from The Music Academy, and the ‘Kalki Krishnamurthy’ award.