Sruti presents A Grand Violin Concert featuring T.N.Krishnan, Viji Krishnan and Sriram Krishnan.

Accompanied by Sri. Trichy Sankaran on Mridangam
Ravi Balasubramanian on Ghatam

A concert patron sponsored event.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 4:30 PM

Agnes Irwin
275 S. Ithan Avenue,
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

$45 (Preferred Seating)
$30 (General Admission Non-members)
$20 (Members ID Required)
$15 (Seniors/Students with Valid ID)
$5 (Children 4 - 18)

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About Padma Bhushan T.N.Krishnan   

Dr. TN Krishnan is the pre-eminent proponent of the violin in Carnatic music. He has been performing, composing, teaching, and promoting Indian classical music all over the world for the past seven decades. Dr. Krishnan made his concert debut at the age of eight. At a young age he accompanied legends like Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Musiri Subramania Iyer, and Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, and later on continued into a prodigious solo career, which continues to this day. Dr. Krishnan was also a Professor of Music at a music college in Chennai and later he was Dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts at the University of Delhi. He is the recipient of numerous distinguished awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and subsequent fellowship, Sangita Kalanidhi, Padma Shri and Padma Bushan. He has served as the Vice-Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Academy and chaired various committees for All India Radio and other distinguished entities.
From The Sruti magazine: "Krishnan's music represents the purest expression of the Carnatic tradition. His emphasis on melodic clarity, spectral fidelity, and a bold and emphatic bowing technique are unparalleled in his field. His instrumental style captures the essence of the gayaka experience which delivers the music with all the depth and emotion of a human voice. As one of the elder statesmen of the classical music community, his rich and vibrant style has been admired and adopted by a number of younger musicians."

About Viji Krishnan and Sriram Krishnan   

T.N. krishnan's will be accompanied on the violin by his son Sriram Krishnan and daughter Viji Krishnan Natarajan. Both are accomplished artists in their own right, and have benefitted immensely from the tutelage of their illustrious father.
Viji started performing at the age of 7, and by the time she was 11, she had already performed at Carnegie Hall. She has given concerts at numerous venues globally, and has for many dignitaries, including Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, President R. Venkatraman and scores of ambassadors to India from Germany, Italy , Dubai, Spain, Japan, Canada and USA, to name a few. She has also branched out into contemporary music with the CD "Malabar to Morocco".

About Sangita Kalanidhi Sri Trichy Sankaran - Mridangam   

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. He has performed in jugalbandhis (North-South combo) with famous Hindusthani musicians. In addition to his usual traditional settings and numerous solo recitals, he has performed with Nexus, gamelan, jazz, electronic, African music ensembles and world drums, as well as his own group, Trichy's Trio.
As a composer, Trichy Sankaran has to his credit a number of pieces in the genres of gamelan, jazz, traditional western classical orchestra and world music ensembles. He continues to perform and write compositions for contemporary and world music ensembles. He has received numerous honours and awards for his contributions to University teaching and artistic excellence in the professional field. In January 2012, Dr. Sankaran received the most coveted honour of 'Sangita Kalanidhi' from the prestigious Music Academy of Madras. He is the first recipient of this award in the Pudhukkottai tradition of mrdangam playing.
Dr. Sankaran was the pioneer in starting the Thygaraja Festival in Toronto, Canada in 1972. Professor Sankaran has published numerous articles, as well as two major textbooks: The Rhythmic Principals and Practice of South Indian Drumming and The Art of Konnakkol.

About Dr. Ravi Balasubramanian - Ghatam   

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.