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Sruti presents...

A Classical Dance presentation in the Kuchipudi style by
Sunanda Gandham
followed by
A Classical Vocal Concert by Abhishek Raghuram

Abhishek Raghuram will be accompanied by Vittal Ramamurthy on the violin and Trivandrum Balaji on the mridangam.

Sunday, October 02, 2011 3PM

Venue: Montgomery County Community College Science Center Auditorium
340 DeKalb Pike,
Blue Bell, PA 19422
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$30 (General Admission Non-members)
$25 (Members), $15 (Students/Seniors)

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(267) 797-7006

About Sunanda Gandham:
Sunanda Sunanda Gandham, a well-known Kuchipudi artist and disciple of "Natya Kala Ratna", Sri Pasumarthy Venkateswara Sarma and Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam continuously strives to spread this age-old art form without compromising its traditional poetry or dramatic sensibility. She has performed all over India, participating in various dance festivals and cultural events and continued to do so, after migrating to the U.S. She has performed and presented many dance dramas, salient to the tradition of Kuchipudi, choreographed by her gurus such as "Kumara Sambhavam", "Mohini-Bhasmasura", "Narthanasala", 'Mahishasura Mardhini" amongst others, and has been widely acclaimed and commendably revealed by many art critics. She continues her service to Kuchipudi through her group: "Nataraja Performing Arts".

About Abhishek Raghuram:
Abhishek Through the unique guidance of his legendary grandfather, Shri Palghat Raghu, and as a disciple of Sangeetha Kala Acharya Shri P.S. Narayanaswamy, Abhishek Raghuram is emerging to be a defining contemporary vocalist. The best senior vocalist awarded Abhishek by Music Academy for the 2010 music season is a fitting tribute to a musician some critics have called “food for intellect, mind, heart and soul”. Abhishek hails from a family of legendary musicians and was declared a child prodigy when he gave his first concert at 9 years of age. He has accumulated many awards, recognitions and accolades.

About Vittal Ramamurthy:
Vittal An internationally acclaimed violinist, Vittal Ramamurthy is the torchbearer and leading disciple of the Lalgudi bani. He is one of the most sought after violinists, an exceptional soloist and renowned violin guru. He has accompanied some of the legendary Carnatic musicians including his guru Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman, Shri M. Balamurali Krishna, Shri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Shri T.N. Seshagopalan to name a few. He has many students around the world, many of whom are leading performers.

About Trivandrum Balaji:
Balaji Born in the year 1974, to Mr. R. Veeraraghavan and Mrs. Janaki, Trivandrum.V.Balaji hails from a musical family. His great grand fathers being Kodivayal Venkatrama Iyer known for his Harikatha and Konnakoll.S.V.Iyer, Balaji has established himself as one of the most sought-after Mridangists of our time with a high reputation. Balaji, had his initial training under late Sri B. Doraiswamy of Trivandrum, Sri K.Krishna Iyengar of Trivandrum, Trivandrum Sri R. Vaidyanathan and later had his tutelage under the legendary Vidwan Padmasri Sangeetha Kalanidhi Palghat .R. Raghu. He has had the privilege of accompanying various leading stars in the Carnatic Music Industry like, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr.N.Ramani, Sri T.V.Sankaranarayanan, Sri.O.S.Thiagarajan and others. He is presently an ‘A’ Grade artist in The All India Radio, Chennai. Apart from accompanying Carnatic artists, he is also a much sought-after Mridangist in the Cinema Industry and has worked with famous music directors like Mr. Vidyasagar, Mr. Deva, Mr. Haris Jayaraj and others. He has received awards from various prestigious Organizations including, The Sangeet Natak Academy Yuva Puuraskar (BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA PURASKAR)for the year 2009

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