About The Artists
Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N Ravikiran - celebrated as the ‘Mozart of India’ (Wisconsin State Journal, USA) - made headlines as the world’s youngest prodigy at age two, presented vocal concerts from age five, chitravina recitals since 11 and played a non-stop 24-hour concert at age 18. He created the revolutionary concept in world music, Melharmony in the year 2000, while working with members of the BBC Philharmonic at the UK Millennium Festival. Hailed as 'Perhaps the greatest slide instrumentalist in the world' (Radio National, Australia) for his ‘Teasing precision and dazzling effects’ (New York Times), Ravikiran has performed across the world in major festivals, and 'Brought new audiences to Indian music' (CNN Television). He has recorded extensively for major labels and collaborated with top world artistes like Taj Mahal & Glen Velez and orchestras like the BBC Philharmonic.
Perhaps the first to introduce Carnatic music in Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, etc, he is also the pioneer of Tele-teaching and Online Courses (www.acharyanet.com) in Indian music and creator of the revolutionary visual rhythm software, Taal Acharya. He was the first to introduce Indian music and Melharmony in schools districts in USA through orchestral compositions. Ravikiran has composed over 700 pieces including best selling operas such as Ramayana & Mahabharata. Youngest to win the President of India's Sangeet Natak Academy Award, he has international awards such as Citations from Cities of Houston & Tulsa and numerous titles including Sangeeta Ratnakara, Sangeeta Choodamani & Sangeeta Kala Sarathy. The city of Middleton, USA decreed that the 3rd Saturday of November every year be celebrated as Melharmony Day as an honour to Ravikiran. He attributes his successes to gurus - Chitravina Narasimhan and T Brinda.
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Hemmige V. Srivatsan a software engineer from Northern California began his musical career, training to be a violinist, under Prof. Anoor S. Ramakrishna, Principal of the Ayyanar Music College in Bangalore. He has performed with his guru on several occasions. In 1984, he had the unique privilege of accompanying Sangeetha Kalanidhi Kollengode V. Narayanaswamy in a series of concerts in the United States and Canada. This opened new doors for him to train under the great singer as a vocalist. Shri. Srivatsan is a Grade A artist of the All India Radio and has toured with and accompanied artists of repute. He has performed as a vocalist as well.
Professor Trichy Sankaran is a world-renowned percussion virtuoso, Indian music scholar and composer, and the founding director of Indian music studies at York University. Over the years, Prof. Sankaran has bridged eastern and western pedagogical styles and has influenced generations of students who have become noted performers, composers, and music educators themselves. He has made valuable contributions to many scholarly conferences across North America and has published two major books: one on the theory and techniques of South Indian classical drumming, and the other on the Art of Konnakkol (Solkattu). Trichy Sankaran has performed at major festivals in India, South-East Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. In his 6 decades of concert experience in Carnatic music, he has accompanied all top rank artists of India. In January 2012, Dr. Sankaran received the most coveted honour of 'Sangita Kalanidhi' from the prestigious Music Academy of Madras. Professor Sankaran has published two major textbooks: The Rhythmic Principals and Practice of South Indian Drumming and The Art of Konnakkol.
Dr. Ravi Balasubramanian is the most sought-after Ghatam artiste in North America and is known for his energetic and sensitive accompaniment and solos. Ravi received his initial tutelage from Palghat Sri P. K. Sekar and Sangitha Kalanidhi Dr. T. K. Murthy and later pursued advanced training from Sri V. Suresh in Chennai, India.
With over five hundred concerts, Ravi has extensive experience in Carnatic percussion, including performing the Ghatam at top musical institutions such as the Chennai Music Academy and the Cleveland Aradhana for nearly twenty years. He received the title Yuva Kala Bharathi in 2003 from Bharat Kalachar, a music organization in Chennai, for excellence and dedication in the art of Ghatam. Ravi has expanded the envelope of using the Ghatam in music, when he presented special “GhataTarang” concerts with seven Ghatams as the lead melody and percussion instrument for the first time outside India. Ravi has had the rare honor and experience of performing with leading artistes including Sangitha Kalanidhi vocalists, violinists, flautists, and mridangists in India, USA, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. Ravi has given lecture-demonstrations on the Ghatam many universities in USA. Ravi received his doctorate in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently a professor in Oregon State University.