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Sruti presents a Unique Vocal-Instrumental Jugalbandhi

Padma Vibushan Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna
Sangeetha Samrat Chitravina Ravikiran

Accompanied by Nagai Muralidharan on the violin and Mannargudi A. Easwaran on the mridangam.

Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 3 PM

Venue: Hindu Temple of Delaware
760 Yorklyn Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
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About Padma Vibushan Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna:
Balamuralikrishna Padma Vibhushan Dr. Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna, a doyen of Carnatic music, has mesmerized audiences all over the world with his crystal clear enunciation of lyrics, sparkling creativity and a resonant voice that can span three octaves effortlessly. This octogenarian artist has established himself as a singer, composer, poet and instrumentalist. He plays violin, viola, khanjira, veena and mridangam. He is the fifth in the line of direct disciples of Saint Thyagaraja. Dr. Balamuralikrishna was born to Mangalampalli Pattabhiramayya and Suryakanthamma. Dr. Balamuralikrishna's father was a music teacher as well as a very popular flutist and his mother was a renowned veena artist. Recognizing the potential of his son, Pattabhiramayya sent him to receive tutelage under 'Gayaka Sarvabhauma' Parupalli Ramakrishnayya Pantulu. He gave his first solo performance when he was eight years old. He is the recipient of major awards like Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 'Sangeetha Kalanidhi', Padmashri and Padma Vibushan to name a few. He had the rare opportunity to be featured as a soloist with an award winning British Choir, performing the Gitanjali Suite from Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize winning poetry and composed by Dr.Joel. He was chosen as the 'Wisdom man of the year in 1992'. The famous Indian Universities Andhra University, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Sri Venkateswara University and the University of Hyderabad bestowed the Ph.d, D.Sc and D.Litt respectively to this rare talent. He is a state musician of the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Asthana Vidwan of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, Sringeri Peetam and Anjenaya Swami Temple, Nanganallur. Dr. Balamuralikrishna has contributed immensely to the world of Carnatic music. He composed a detailed work known as Raganga Ravali on 72 Melakarta (basic scales of Carnatic music). Dr. Balamuralikrishna also has over 400 compositions in different music scales that are widely accepted by music lovers and critics alike. He has also created many new ragas like Mahati, Sumukham, Trisakthi, Sarvashri, Omkari, Janasamodini, Manorama, Rohini, Vallabhi, Lavangi, Pratimadhyamavathi, and Sushama. He established the "Academy of Performing Arts and Research" in Switzerland. He is also working on music therapy. For extensive research in the field of music therapy, he also established the MBK Trust to develop art and culture and spread the knowledge. "Vipanchee", a dance and music school is a part of this trust and is managed by his trustee Kalaimamani Saraswati.

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About Sangeetha Samrat Chitravina Ravikiran:
Ravikiran Chitravina Ravikiran is one of the top performers in the field of Carnatic music today. The substance and quality of his artistic contributions in the versatile role of chitravina virtuoso, vocalist, composer and teacher are held in the highest regard across the world. He is a child prodigy who at the age of two could identify and render about 325 ragas and 175 talas. He received his training in vocal music under the careful guidance of his father, Narasimhan and at the age of five debuted as a vocalist. At the age of ten he switched over to playing the world’s oldest slide instrument, the Chitravina or Gotuvadyam that is a 21-stringed fretless lute and the forerunner of the fretted veena. He introduced the use of teflon to replace the traditional ebony in the chitravina and is the inventor of the new instrument, Navachitravina. Ravikiran has since the 1980s resumed voice training under the renowned T. Brinda. A respected genius, Ravikiran has to his credit 500 compositions and is the first musician to have composed a set of compositions in each of the 35 talas of carnatic music. A prolific composer in the carnatic arena he has introduced several new ragas like Choodamani, Keshapriya, Mohini, Snehapriya, Shivamanohari and Andhakarini. Ravikiran is the founder of The International Foundation for Carnatic Music to promote exposure, education and excellence in carnatic music. He is the innovator of the concept Melharmony, which is a new approach to compositions and aesthetics in South Indian music. It places emphasis on how the harmonization positively accentuates the structure of music. He has authored books like “Appreciating Carnatic Music” and “Perfecting Carnatic Music”. Ravikiran has championed the works of the outstanding composer, Oothukadu Venkata Kavi. He is recipient of several awards like Kalaimamani and Kumar Gandharva Samman award.

About Nagai Muralidharan:
Nagai Muralidharan hails from a family of gifted musicians. With nearly several years of concert experience, Shri Muralidharan today ranks among the top Carnatic violin artistes. He had his initial training from his mother Smt. Komalavalli and later under Vidwan Shri R.S. Gopalakrishnan. Shri Muralidharan over the years has developed a unique original style of violin technique that is ideally suited to bring out the best values of Carnatic music. His specialty is his ability to lift the overall quality of the concert and the performance by his sensitive accompaniment and inspirational solo versions. Nagai Muralidharan has accompanied almost all the doyens of Carnatic music like Semmangudi, Dr. Balamuralikrishna, Shri KVN, Maharajapuram Santhanam & Flute mastroes Mali as well as Dr Ramani. He has been on many concert tours abroad and has been visiting North America since 1982. Shri Muralidharan served on the staff of All India Radio, Trichy for 26 years. He was awarded the “Kalaimamani” title by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

About Mannargudi Easwaran:
Mannargudi Easwaran is a top-ranking mridangam artiste with over several years of performance experience. He is a descendant of the legendary Appayya Dikshitar. He commenced his training at the young age of eight from Kunniseri U. Krishnamani Iyer. Easwaran has accompanied most of the leading vocalists and instrumentalists including Dr. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi, Dr. M. L. Vasantakumari, Maharajapuram Santhanam, Prof. T. N. Krishnan and Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Shri Easwaran’s playing is marked by clear dexterity, melodic percussion and spontaneous brilliance. His tani avartanams are thrilling and intellectual. He had the privilege of teaching mridangam at the San Francisco State University in 1979 and at the TamilNadu Iyal Isai Kalluri as a visiting professor for the year 2002-2003. His skilful accompaniment has won him many prizes and titles from prestigious institutions including the title of Asthana Vidwan by Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and Best Mridangist from Kalarasana in 1993. In December 1995, Sri Thyaga Bramha Gana Sabha honored him for 35 years of service to music. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar in the field of music in 2008.

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