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Sruti- The India Music and Dance Society

Sri Thyagaraja Aradhana: 2 day event 19/20 March 2011

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Admission*: $10 per individual & $20 per family (per day)
* Includes one lunch coupon for individuals and up to four lunch coupons per family.
Additional lunch coupons will be available for purchase ($5 per coupon)

Saturday, March 19 2011, 8 A.M.

Venue: Montgomery County Community College,
Science Center Auditorium
340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA

Sunday, March 20 2011, 9A.M.

Venue: Hindu Temple of Delaware
760 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin, DE 19707

For information: www.sruti.org,
email: srutiphila@gmail.com

Program for the Morning Session:

  • Utsava Sampradaya Kritis- Group Renditions.
  • Pancharatna Kritis- Group Renditions.
  • Individual participations (Thyagaraja Kritis only).

Program for the Afternoon Session:

  • Mini Vocal concert by Anil Chitrapu.
  • Mini- Dance recital (Bharatanatyam style) by Shoba Narayanan.
  • Vocal Concert by feature artists Toronto Brothers.
  • Individual participations (Thyagaraja Kritis only).

Program for the Morning Session:

  • Individual participations (Kritis by any composer).
  • Thematic 1 hour concert by Revathi Subramony - Composers of Karnataka

Program for the Afternoon Session:

  • Mini concert by Ranjani Prabhakar
  • Individual participations (Kritis by any composer).


About Toronto Brothers: Vocal
TBAshwin Iyer and Rohin Iyer, known as the Toronto Brothers, are senior disciples of veteran musician and musicologist, Shri S.R. Janakiraman. Raised in Toronto, their music is gaining recognition in the North American scene and also the Chennai music circuit. Ashwin and Rohin have won prizes in various music competitions across North America including the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana Competitions and have given concerts in Canada, the US, and Chennai.The brothers were initiated into classical music early on by their parents and formally introduced to Carnatic music in 1989 when they began taking lessons under Toronto based teachers. They have also had advanced training under Shri T. R. Subrahmanyam and Shri T. K. Govinda Rao.
The Toronto Brothers’ concert presentations are intelligent and powerful; their scholarly renditions reflect a strict adherence to traditional musical heritage as imbibed from their guru. As brothers, the two vocalists share a captivating synergy that makes for a memorable and exhilarating concert experience. Their diverse repertoire includes compositions in Telugu, Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada, and Hindi, and combines popular, traditional, and technical themes. As a result, their music appeals to a wide audience ranging from music lovers to music connoisseurs.

About Sandhya Anand: Violin
SASandhya Anand is a trained vocalist and violinist. She is a violin disciple of Sri T.V. Gopalakrishan and R. Swaminathan and has been trained in vocal music by Smt. Suguna Varadachari.  A graded artist of All India Radio, she has performed extensively in India and abroad. She has won various awards and scholarships as a student of music.
She has performed at various prestigious centers in India including Kalakshetra Chennai, Music Academy Palakkad, Rajalakshmi Fine Arts Coimbatore, Margazhi Utsavam-Mylapore Fine Arts Chennai, Nada Inbam Chennai, Raga Sudha Hall Chennai, Rasika Ranjini Sabhaa and Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams(TTD) Tirupathi.
Sandhya has accompanied as violinist, leading artistes  like T. V. Gopalakrishnan, Suguna Varadachary, Sudha Raghunathan, Bombay S. Jayashree, P. Unnikrishnan, M. S. Sheela, Priya Sisters and Carnatica Brothers to name a few.

About Rajna Swaminathan: Mridangam
RSRajna Swaminathan started learning mridangam from her father Dr. P. K. Swaminathan at the age of 5 and came under the direct tutelage of Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman at the age of 8. During spring 2009, Rajna toured USA in an all female ensemble featuring Smt Lalgudi Viji (violin), Smt Sikkil Mala (flute), Smt Jaishree Jairaj (veenai) and Smt Bhagyalakshmi (Moresing). Rajna debuted in Chennai during summer 2005. She received great approbation from dignitaries and musicians. Rajna performs regularly during the Chennai December Music Festival. Rajna received the "Best Junior Mridangam Artiste" award from Music Academy, 2007. She is the youngest and the first female to get this award. Rajna performs mridangam for Dance programs. During 2006, Rajna won a Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award, using which she learned the nuances of playing mridangam for dance. Rajna is a sophomore at the University of Maryland College Park.