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In association with Pragathi, The Graduate Indian Student Association of Drexel University Presents...

A Tribute to Shri Palghat Mani Iyer by Anantha R. Krishnan at 4PM
followed by

An Instrumental Duet at 5.30 PM featuring
Jayanthi Kumaresh on the Veena and R.Kumaresh on the violin

Accompanied by Anantha R. Krishnan on the Mridangam and Trichy Krishnaswamy on the Ghatam.

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 4PM, 5.30PM

Venue: Mitchell Auditorium, Drexel University
3128 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
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$25 (General Admission Non-members)
$20 (Members)
$15 (Seniors/Students with Valid ID
$5 (Children 4 - 18)

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(267) 797-7006

About Strings Attached:
Strings Attached is a collaborative production, of two of the very innovative, expressive and exciting artists of Carnatic music. Violin Kumaresh an integral part of the Ganesh Kumaresh duo, is a performer, composer, and teacher of distinction; teams up with Veenai Jayanthi, who is a world-class performer, composer and teacher as well. The duo, partners both musically and in life, converse (Samvada), through their instruments creating imagery from the most profound to the most endearing. This is the first time this collaboration is presented in the US.

A musical performance for an artiste is all about expressing his/her emotional connect with the art form and try and reach out to the listening audience with those musical moments.

Strings Attached is an expression where in we, more as musicians in conversation, try to connect with the audience our musical thoughts, musical exchanges, the converging and diverging points, the climaxes, the beginning, the profound, the subtle etc. It is a journey of expanding and exploring the musical emotions and expressions of our soul through the sounds of our individual instruments, which has been our dearest friend ...

Veena and Violin that way are very accommodative and dynamic instruments which move and sway along with our ideas and help us connect not only with ourselves, but with each other and more importantly with you, the listening audience.

Strings Attached is truly a culmination of many a thought process coming together to express the celebration of the art as the musical expression of the way of life !!!!!

Jayanthi"s Website
Kumaresh"s Website

About Anantha R.Krishnan:
AK Anantha R. Krishnan started his musical journey on the mridangam, the principle drum of South Indian music, the Carnatic tradition. He started performing full-fledged concerts as a child, and has since cemented his position as a premier mridangam-ist of his generation, carrying forth one of the greatest drumming traditions. The grandson and disciple of the pioneering, venerated and award winning mridangam maestro, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri. Palghat R. Raghu - Anand learned the fundamentals of the mridangam under his uncle, Shri. R. Ramkumar and began an official tutelage under his grandfather at the age of five.

He performed his first concert at the age of seven. As a child artist, he received many awards from traditional organizations of Carnatic Music in India. Notably, he has won the categorical Best Mridangist Prize from the Music Academy, Madras, a record five times in six years. In May of 2008, he was a featured soloist in the Grammy nominated, Miles from India tour, which premiered in Town Hall, NYC presenting the great Miles Davis's music with Indian instrumentation featuring jazz legends: Ron Carter, Dave Liebman Lenny White, Ndugu Chancler, and Pete Cosey. In July of 2011, he performed in a Carte Blanche Artist Series at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam to a crowd of 64,000.

Anantha holds a BA in Western Music and Philosophy from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Electronic Music and Percussion from Mills College, California. During this time he studied Western percussion under William Winant. Specializing in contemporary 20th century percussion music, he is perhaps the only percussionist of Indian heritage to perform the music of American composers Steve Reich, John Cage, James Tenney, Jon Appleton, Charles Dodge among many others. He is also a special interest student of tabla under Ustad Zakir Hussain for the past six years.

About Trichy Krishnaswamy:
TK Trichy Krishnaswamy began learning to play the Ghatam from the age of 10 under the tutelage of Thanjai. Sri.V.Srinivasan and the accomplished Mridhangam Vidwan Sri.B.Harikumar.

He has given concerts in all important Sabhas in Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Trivandrum, Pune, Thiruvaiyaru, Kolkata, Delhi, Trichy, Karur and Madurai. He has had the honor of accompanying established vocalists and instrumentalists and mridangam and tavil maestros. He also represented Trichy in the “Music Symphony” conducted under the aegis of Sri.Ravishankar’s “Art of Living” foundation in Bangalore.

Trichy Krishnaswamy holds a Diploma degree in Electrical & Electronics Engg., from Seshasayee Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli.

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