By Vignesh Ishwar
Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST
Sruti is proud to present an outstanding South Indian carnatic virtual vocal concert by Vignesh Ishwar, accompanied by L. Ramakrishnan on the Violin, NC Bharadwaj on the Mridangam and N.Guruprasad on the Ghatam.
This event is free for Sruti 2021 sponsors. Ticket buyers will be sent the Live Streaming link closer to the event date.
Vignesh Ishwar is a highly sought after young carnatic vocalist and hails from Mumbai, India. Endowed with a sonorous voice, his music is energetic and impactful with abundant creativity. Vignesh trained under Palakkad Shri T.S. Anantharama Bhagavathar for over 17 years and since 2008 he has been training under well known vocalist Shri T.M. Krishna.
Vignesh has performed extensively in India and abroad. He is regularly featured in all the major sabhas in Chennai during the December music festival. Vignesh received the Best Concert award in the Sub-Senior category at the prestigious Madras Music Academy in 2019. His concerts have received rave reviews in The Hindu year after year.
“Cool, calm and collected Vignesh Ishwar with his soft, sonorous voice has an extensive range, his breath control is impressive especially while sustaining notes which he does effortlessly! ” – H.Ramakrishnan, The Hindu, Dec 2016
L. Ramakrishnan is a gifted violinist and hails from a musical family; his grand-uncle Late Sri. S.Balasubramaniam (fondly remembered as Town Balu), GNB’s first disciple was a vocalist and tunesmith par excellence. Ramakrishnan began his vocal training from his mother at the age of 2. He was initiated in Carnatic Violin under the guidance of Smt. Visalam Vageeswar at the Shanmukhananda Vidyalaya, Mumbai. Ramakrishnan performed his first solo concert at the age of 12 at Shanmukhananda, Mumbai.
He then came under the wings of the distinguished violin maestro Sangeetha Kalanidhi Padmashri Kum.A.Kanyakumari and is one of her senior disciples today. He was also fortunate to train under the great master Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri. T.K. Govinda Rao and the renowned Guru Smt. T.R. Balamani. While in the US, Ramakrishnan was mentored in the Dhanammal baani by Dr.B.Balasubramaniam.
Ramakrishnan has accompanied leading artists all over India and his concerts have taken him across the globe to the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Middle East.
N.C. Bharadwaj is a highly gifted young mridangist who has accompanied leading musicians in India. He had his initial training under Srivancheyam Sri Gopalan and later under Nanganallur Sri. R. Sriram. He is currently under the guidance of Padma Vibhushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr K. Sivaraman. He is an A grade artist of All India Radio, Chennai and has performed extensively in India and abroad.
Shri N. Guruprasad is one of the shining stars among the artistes playing the ghatam. He trained under many great Guru’s including Grammy awardee Sri. Vinayakram, Ghatam Shri V. Suresh and Madurai Late Shri T. Srinivasan. He has been a regular in sharing the stage with top artistes like Dr M. Balamurali Krishna, T.N.Seshagopalan, Sudha Raghunathan and Sanjay Subramaniam to name just a few. He has performed at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Lincoln Center in New York City. Guruprasad also features as a respected artiste in the Indian film industry, performing regularly for composers like Isaignani Ilayaraja and A.R. Rahman.