By Sriranjani Santhanagopalan
Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 4:30 PM
Montgomery County Community College
340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Tickets – Sruti Members can use Coupon code (After selecting seat) SRUTIMEMBER for $28 tickets and other Sruti fans can use the Coupon code SRUTINONMEMBER for $35 tickets.
This concert is being organized in collaboration with Montco Cultural Center Lively Arts Series.
SRUTI is pleased to present a Grand Carnatic vocal concert by Sriranjani Santhanagopalan, accompanied by Sayee Rakshith on the Violin, and Praveen Sparsh on the Mridangam.
Sriranjani Santhanagopalan (Vocal)
Sriranjani Santhanagopalan hails from a family with a great musical pedigree – she is the daughter of Sangita Kalanidhi Neyveli Santhanagopalan, a distinguished vocalist and a well-known teacher. Her meteoric rise to the highest echelons of the Carnatic world has been rapid, sensational and a testament to her hard work and dedication.
Sriranjani’s artistic brilliance, poise and stage presentation simply belie her age and her impeccable adherence to pitch mixed with her golden voice elevates the listener to a state of bliss. With an arresting voice capable of rendering every embellishment in high speed and slow glides, she is at home in all aspects of her genre, from the weighty Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi to the poignant Bhajan. She has won numerous awards and accolades – notably the “Outstanding Vocalist” award from the Music Academy five times, Outstanding Lec-Dem from Music Academy in 2023, Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar and Kala Ratna from Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Committee. Sriranjani has traveled across the globe enthralling audiences with exemplary performances. Sriranjani also runs a highly successful music school named “Sriranjani’s Tapasya”.
Sayee Rakshith (Violin)
Sayee Rakshith started his musical journey at an early age of ten. He initially learnt violin under Shri T.V. Ramani and continued training under the tutelage of Shri K.G. Rajesh and Sangeetha Kalanidhi A. Kanyakumari. He has performed duet concerts with his guru as well accompanying leading artists in concerts across India and abroad.
Sayee has been a part of the band ‘Staccato’ since 2018 and continues to collaborate with leading musicians across various genres. He has also been playing in the film industry for leading music directors.
Sayee has received several awards including Lalgudi Jayaraman Endowment award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha; Best accompanist award by Karnataka Fine arts council; Won the First prize in the national competition conducted by All India Radio for Carnatic Violin; Best concert award for the HCL concert series from the Music Academy, Madras.
Praveen Sparsh (Mridangam)
Praveen Sparsh started learning Mridangam at the age of five from Mridangam Maestro Guruvayur Sri Dorai. He is the grandson of Mridangam exponent Thanjavur Sri Upendran.
Praveen is a sought-after Mridangam player, and performs regularly with stalwarts like TM Krishna, Aruna Sairam, Bombay Jayshree, Sikkil Gurcharan. He has performed in India and abroad.
Praveen has released his acclaimed solo percussion album, ‘UNRESERVED,’ a mridangam centric album that explores the sounds of everyday life. As a music producer, Praveen has scored and performed music for the play ‘Kurukshetra – When things fall apart.’ He has also scored music for short films, performed at music festivals, and has collaborated with renowned music bands.
Praveen has received prestigious awards and titles including “Laya Ratna,” “Palani
Subramanya Pillai Memorial Award,” MS Subbulakshmi Fellowship, “Yuva Kala Bharati,” “Best Performer Award,” and Palghat Mani Iyer’s Endowment Award.