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Composers Day 2013

Main Vocal Concert - Roopa Mahadevan accompanied by Arun Ramamurthy (Violin) & Rajna Swaminathan (Mridangam)

Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10 A.M.

Venue: Montgomery County Community College
340 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422

For information: www.sruti.orgsrutiphila@gmail.com

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10:00 AM - Individual & Group Participation (Guidelines)
12:00 PM - Lunch
01:00 PM - Main Concert by Ms.Roopa Mahadevan
03:15 PM - Bharatanatyam Presentation by the students of
Ms. Anita Ranjani & Shrimathi Vyjayanti Koustubhan

About Roopa Mahadevan
RM Artist Website
Listen to a recent recording
Read a review from the December 2012 Chennai music season

Roopa Mahadevan is a bright, upcoming Carnatic vocalist. Born and raised in San Jose, California, Roopa underwent her major formative training in San Jose, CA under Smt. Asha Ramesh, disciple of the late Sangeetha Kalanidhi D.K. Jayaraman and Sri Nanganallur Ramanathan. In 2007, Roopa was awarded the highly-regarded Fulbright Scholarship by the Department of State, USA to receive advanced training in Chennai, India under Smt. Suguna Varadachari, a senior guru of the Musiri Subramania Iyer tradition.

In 2010, Roopa was honored with the title 'Kala Ratna' by the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, for her commitment to the pursuit of Carnatic music as a young American. Roopa is also an accomplished Bharathanatyam dancer who has done her arangetram and performed in India and Europe under the training of the Smt. Indumathy Ganesh, disciple of Padmashri Smt. Chitra Visweswaran. Roopa is additionally adept at singing for Bharathanatyam productions; she has performed for such artists as Bragha Bessel, Mythili Prakash, Rasika Kumar, Anirudh Vasudevan, Ahalya Satkunarathnam, Abhinaya Dance Company (USA), and Shakti Dance Company (USA).

Roopa received her Bachelor's degree in Biology and Master's degree in Cognitive Science from Stanford University and currently works in the public health policy field in New York City, while simultaneously pursuing her artistic career

About Arun Ramamurthy
ar Arun Ramamurthy is an exciting violinist who is making his mark in Indian Classical and World music in the United States. Arun, born and trained in the U.S, had his very first violin lessons in western classical music under distinguished violinist Jim Mate.

His gurus are Sri ANANTHAKRISHNAN, a highly respected performer and teacher and the celebrated violinist brothers, Sri MYSORE NAGARAJ & DR. MYSORE MANJUNATH.
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About Rajna Swaminathan:Artist Website
RS Rajna 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.