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Sruti- The India Music and Dance Society

presents an evening of Classical Dance and Music:
Bharatanatyam Presentation by Viji Rao at 2.00 PM followed by
Carnatic Vocal Concert by Priya Sisters- Shanmukhapriya and Haripriya at 4.30 PM.

Priya Sisters will be accompanied by B.V Raghavendra Rao on the violin and Neyveli Skanda Subramanian on the mridangam.

Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Venue: Bharatiya Temple
1612 County Line Road,
Chalfont, PA 18914

For information: www.sruti.org,
email: srutiphila@gmail.com
$30 (General Admission Non-members)
$25 (Members), $15 (Students/Seniors)

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About Viji Rao:
VR Viji Rao is a professional Bharatanatyam dance performer, choreographer and teacher . She trained under the able guidance of gurus The Sridhars in India. In addition to Bharatanatyam, Viji has studied other dance forms like Kalaripayyattu, Chhau and ballet at the London school of Ballet and contemporary dancing. Viji has worked closely with maestro’s like Kalanidhi Narayanan, Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar, Anita Ratnam, Bragha Bessell, Navtej Singh Johar of India. She is the Artistic Director of Three Aksha Dance ensemble which is based at Girard College in Philadelphia. Viji has choreographed Uurja”, “Abhika”, “Prayog”, “Nrityantara”, “Flute to Conch”to name a few. She has participated in international touring productions with Chitraleka & Company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Moby Duck and Sampad in the United Kingdom and has visited Canada to participate with Lata Pada’s Sampradaya Dance Company. Viji has collaborated with Miro Dance Theatre and Headlong Dance Theatre on contemporary choreographies. Viji is an invited guest lecturer at the Moore College of Art and Design, Temple University of Philadelphia, York College, Penn State University to teach students the aesthetics and history of Indian dance. Viji is a recipient of the Art and Change Leeway Foundation Grant and is also recipient of PCA and PPA grants.

About Priya Sisters:
PS Shanmukhapriya and Haripriya, popularly known as the Priya Sisters, started learning Carnatic music from their father Sri V.V.Subba Ram at an early age. Later they became disciples of the renowned duo Radha and Jayalakshmi who were disciples of the legendary G. N. Balasubramaniam. Currently, Shanmukhapriya and Haripriya are under the guidance of Prof. T. R. Subramaniam. They have traveled widely for concerts in India and abroad touring countries like USA, Canada, U.K and Mauritius. They have twice been the recipients of the “Best Female Vocalists” awards of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and the Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai. They have also received the MLV memorial award and have been conferred the the titles of “Sangeeta Sarada” and “Gayani Sironmani”.

About B.V.Raghavendra Rao:
B.V Raghavendra Rao hails from a distinguished family of musicians. He was initiated into music by his father, B. Sudarsana Rao. He trained on the violin initially from Guru Shri Balan and Shri Sangeethan Meerasahib. He later became a disciple of violin maestro Shri T. N. Krishnan and received guidance and concert experience from Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna. He has won several awards and has performed  extensively in India and all over the world including countries like USA, Canada, France and Germany

About Neyveli Skanda Subramanian:
Neyveli Skanda Subramanian, is a disciple of  Thiruvarur Sri R. Krishnamoorthy and  Thiruvarur Sri Bakthavathsalam, with whom he learnt under a Govt. of India Scholarship. He won the title of “Yuva Kala Bharathi” in the year of 2001. He has accompanied top ranking musicians like Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Dr. N. Ramani, T.N. Seshagopalanand Sudha Raghunathan. He has performed extensively in India and abroad.

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