South Indian Classical Music – Carnatic Violin

Sandhya Ramachandran on Carnatic Violin

Carnatic Vibes

Sandhya Ramachandran has been studying Carnatic violin for six years with Sri Mullaivasal Chandramouli, an acclained violinist in Chennai, India. She also has been a student of Carnatic vocal music for the past six years, first with Smt. Nirmala Rajasekar and now with Smt. Sugandha Kalamegham, an erudite Carnatic scholar. In July 2011, she performed a solo violin concert at the Minnesota Indian Classical Music Club accompanied by Sri Sriram Natarajan on the mridangam and Sri Balaji Chandran on the ghatam. In August, 2011, she appeared on Sankara TV in India in a 30 minute segment where she played the violin and was accompanied accomplished percussionists. She has accompanied visiting Indian musicians such as Brinda Manickavasagan and Sankaran Mahadevan. Sandhya also studies Classical violin with Cheryl Stewart and Tom Rosenberg. She recently performed with her Piano Trio at Salon Se Leve Concert Series.

Sandhya Ramachandran on Carnatic Violin
Sriram Natarajan on Mridangam
Balaji Chandran on Ghatam

Sriram Natarajan is a versatile Mridangam artiste and collaborative world musician. Sriram started training on the Mridangam at the age of 9, under the veteran Guru Sri K V Maniappan in Mumbai. Presently under the able guidance of Tanjavur Sri Murugaboopathy, Sriram has had advanced training from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Padma Sri Palghat Raghu. His style of accompaniment is very adaptive to both instrumental and vocal music. Sriram regularly accompanies renowned and upcoming artistes in India during the December music season in Chennai. He travels around the US and has performed at several venues in the cities of Chicago, Madison, Boston, Columbus, Philadelphia and across the state of Minnesota. His world music collaborations include the St Olaf Jazz Band, Northfield MN, Kora Artiste Mamdou Diabate at the Festival of Nations in St Paul MN and the Brass Kings. Sriram is a resident of Apple Valley MN and is the founder of the Layyasaaram school of music.

Balaji Chandran on Ghatam Balaji Chandran started his Carnatic percussion studies in Mridhangam under Sri.Kovai Mani and Sri. Kadayanallur Narayana Iyer. He is a disciple of Sri.Ghatam V.Suresh from whom he learns Ghatam for the past 5 years. He brings with him an energetic style of playing the Ghatam bestowed upon him by his guru. He has provided his percussive support to many artists in America and in India. He considers himself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to lend support to stalwarts like Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri.R.K Srikantan, Prof. Ramakanth, Isai Peroli Sri. Neyveli Santhanagopalan and stars of current generation like Smt. Nirmala Rajasekar, Smt. Sikkil Mala Chandrashekar, Sri Suryaprakash, Sri. Mullaivasal Chandramauli, Sri. Mysore Chandan Kumar. He has been part of the Aradhana celebrations in Minnesota, USA for the past 8 years, and has performed in many venues across America. He also features in the first Carnatic Audio album released by an Independent American record label Innova Records called “Song of the Veena”. He was part of an ensemble that won the top honors in the recently conducted carnatic music competition held by “International society of Laya awareness” in Chennai. He has collaborated with St.Olaf Collage Jazz band and “Brass Kings” an American Blue Grass Jazz band. He is also adept in playing the Kanjira and has also lent his support in both Mridhangam and Ghatam for Bharathanatyam Arengetrams.

1. Navaragamalika Varnam
2. Sri Valli Devesenapate. Ragam Natabhairavi; Adi Thalam. Composer – Papanasam Sivam
3. Enthani Vinavinthura. Ragam- Urmika, Adi thalam, Thisra gati; Composer – Pallavi Shsha Iyer
4. Thillana. Ragam Revathi. Thalam – Misra Chapu. Composer – Lalgudi Jayaraman