Thyagaraja Aradhana Part 2 (In-person event)

Thyagaraja Aradhana Part 2 (In-person event)

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 8.30 AM to 6.30 PM

Hindu Temple of Delaware

760 Yorklyn Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707

About This Event

Concert and Individual Participation

This event will adhere to CDC guidelines.

Registration for individual singing will open on Sunday February 13th at 9 am. Please sign up for Sruti sponsorship to get priority for individual participation.

Thyagaraja Aradhana Registration (Closed)


8:30 am – Pooja
9:00 am – Individual participation
12 noon – Lunch
1:15 pm – Board Introduction
1:30 pm – Full-length concert by Vidushi Vani Ramamurthi (student of Ranjani and Gayathri). Accompanists:
Violin- Rajeev Mukundan
Mridangam- Keerthi Venkataramani

3:30 pm – Individual participation continues
6:30 pm – Mangalam and Aarathi

Vani Ramamurthi Bio

Vani Ramamurthi, an emerging Carnatic Musician is a disciple of renowned vocalists Ranjani-Gayatri. Born and brought up in the US, she started her initial vocal training at the age of five under the guidance of Smt. Padma Kutty, based in Irvine, California. Vani made annual trips to Chennai throughout her childhood for advanced training with her Gurus Smt. Ranjani and Smt. Gayatri. She is also under the guidance of Sri Delhi P Sunder Rajan.

She lived in Chennai from 2011-2019 to actively pursue Carnatic music. She has performed at several well known sabhas in India. Vani is the winner of Kalavanta 2015, a prestigious national youth music festival held in Bangalore. She won the “Rising Stars” award from Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai in 2018. Vani is an ‘A’ grade artist of All India Radio, Chennai. She currently resides in Southern California and enjoys teaching Carnatic vocal music to many students within North America, Europe, and India.

Rajeev Mukundan Bio

Rajeev Mukundan was initiated into Carnatic Violin at a very young age. He initially learnt from Sri N.Govindarajan and currently, he is under the tutelage of the legendary Sangeeta Kalanidhi A.Kanyakumari for over a decade. He is an A-grade artiste of the All India Radio. Rajeev has travelled extensively on concerts, both in India and abroad. He has toured and accompanied almost all the leading carnatic musicians and has been part of many unique musical collaborations. Rajeev also works full time as a Video Game Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA.

Keerthi Venkataramani Bio

Keerthi Venkataramani has been learning mridangam since the age of 5, initially under Dr. Ramachandran Suresh of New Jersey. He has been receiving advanced training from his esteemed guru Vidwan Melakaveri Sri K. Balaji since 2009. He has been performing extensively in several locations across the United States and India. He has had the privilege of accompanying leading artistes such as Sri D Seshachary, Kunnakudi Sri Balamuralikrishna, Sri Nagai Muralidharan, Sri Nagai Sriram, Sri Vittal Ramamurthy, Sri Sankaran Namboothiri, Chitravina Sri Ganesh, Sri Bharat Sundar, as well as his grandmother Professor R. Subbalekshmi, and mother, Kalyani Ramani, on several occasions. Thanks to the blessings of his Gurus and elders, Keerthi is sought after as a mridangist by multiple cultural organizations across the United States as well as by performing artists (local and from overseas). Keerthi currently works as a software development engineer at Capital One.


Venue: Hindu Temple, Delaware. The Aradhana was the first in-person event held after 2 years (due to the pandemic)
Homage to Saint Thyagaraja
Morning Puja to Lord Ganesha
Revathi Subramony, President
Lata Suresh, Director
Sruti Board with the artists
Vocal concert by Vidushi Vani Ramamurthi (student of Ranjani and Gayathri). Accompanists: Violin- Rajeev Mukundan, Mridangam- Keerthi Venkataramani
Concert in progress
Vidushi Vani Ramamurthi
Vidushi Vani Ramamurthi
Keerthi Venkataramani on the Mridangam
Rajeev Mukundan on the Violin
Rasika on the tambura
Audience listening to the concert (and socially distanced)
Rajee Padmanabhan, Director
At the reception (Lavanya, Ramana, Venkat, Raji, Sharmila)
The Sruti Board planning for the Aradhana.
Thyagaraja Aradhana Souvenir
Souvenir Cover page design details