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Karukurichi P Arunachalam
Karukurichi P Arunachalam A disciple of Kalakad Ramanarayana Bhagavatar, a senior vidwan, Arunachalam had further training in nagaswaram under the wizard T.N.Rajarathinam Pillai. Known for his melodius rendition, he was highly popular and was one of the most sought-after naga

A disciple of Kalakad Ramanarayana Bhagavatar, a senior vidwan, Arunachalam had further training in nagaswaram under the wizard T.N.Rajarathinam Pillai. Known for his melodius rendition, he was highly popular and was one of the most sought-after nagaswara artistes. He imbibed the vocal and instrumental styles and genius of his gurus. His nagaswaram play was captivating and exhilarating. As a boy he was making garlands of flowers for livelihood. At the height of his popularity, he expired, eight years after his perceptor Rajarathinam died.   More »


Sheik Chinna Moulana
Sheik Chinna Moulana popularly known as Sheik was a legendary Nadhaswaram Player in the Carnatic tradition. He achieved high position through his outstanding control over the instrument, rendering the Krities in the Gayaki style and for his extraordinary style of Raga Alapana.

Sheik Chinna Moulana hails from a family of Music (Nadhaswaram Players). The ancient and traditional art of Nadhaswaram playing had been preserved and fostered by the ancestors of Sheik Chinna Moulana, for the past 300 years. Following is list of the doyens who contributed to Chinna Moulana’s tradition.   More »


Lalgudi Jayaraman
Lalgudi Gopala Iyer Jayaraman (September 17, 1930 – April 22, 2013) was a well-known and award-winning Indian Carnatic violinist, vocalist and composer. His disciples included his two children Lalgudi G.J.R.Krishnan, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi and the Academy Award nominated Bombay Jayashri Ramnath.

Born in the lineage of a disciple of the saint musician Thyagaraja, Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman inherited the essence of Carnatic music from his versatile father, late V R Gopala Iyer, who trained him meticulously.

At the age of 12, he started his musical career as an accompanying violinist.

Having an active imagination, quick grasp and an ability to adapt easily to the individual styles of the leading maestros in Carnatic music, while accompanying them in their concerts, he reached the forefront in rapid strides. With the concert experience he thus gained, coupled with sheer hard work and perseverance and the strong urge to give original expression to his musical ideas, he emerged as an accomplished solo violinist.    More »


Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam (born on 23 July 1947) is an acclaimed Indian violinist, composer and conductor, trained in the classical Carnatic music tradition and Western classical music, and renowned for his virtuoso playing techniques and compositions in orchestral fusion.

Subramaniam was born to Hindu Brahmin V Lakshminarayana, and Seethalakshmi, both accomplished musicians.

He lived in Jaffna during his younger years, taking up music studies before the age of five. He began training in violin under the tutelage of his father, Professor V. Lakshminarayana. "Mani”, as he is fondly known by fellow musicians and his family, gave his first public performance at the age of six.
His brothers are also acclaimed musicians, and include the well-known violinist-composers L. Shankar (alias. Shenkar), and the late L. Vaidyanathan.  More »


Ganesh and Kumeresh
Ganesh and Kumaresh are noted Indian duo of violin players who are a part of the Carnatic music (South India) fraternity. The brothers are best known as modern contemporary artists who have done lot of service to "Sastriya Sangitam". They are a dynamic duo of violinists, who have carved a niche for themselves in this era of great violinists. The brothers have gone deeper into the realm of the music and brought out a refreshingly original content and style for the instrument.

They were trained by their father. Ganesh and Kumaresh completed their hundredth stage appearance before the younger brother was ten years of age. By the time they reached their teens they were rubbing shoulders with veterans in musical field.   More »


Mandolin U.Srinivas
Uppalapu Shrinivas (born February 28, 1969) is an Indian mandolin player of the Carnatic musical tradition of Southern India. Shrinivas plays an electric mandolin and has collaborated with John McLaughlin, Michael Nyman, and Michael Brook. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2010.

Shrinivas was born February 28, 1969, in Palakol in Andhra Pradesh. At the age of six he picked up his father Satyanarayana's mandolin.Upon realising the talent of his son, his father started teaching him. Soon, Satyanarayana's guru, Rudraraju Subbaraju, realized the potential of U. Shrinivas and started teaching him. Since Rudraraju Subbaraju did not know how to play the mandolin he would just sing and U. Shrinivas would play it on the mandolin. His brother U. Rajesh is also an accomplished mandolin player.  More »


Dr.Kadri Gopalnath
Dr. Kadri Gopalnath (born 11 December 1949) is an Indian saxophonist and one of the pioneers of Carnatic music on the saxophone.

Kadri Gopalnath was born in 1949 in the city of Mangalore to Thaniappa and Gangamma. He acquired a taste for music from his father Thaniappa, a nadaswaram vidwan. As a child, Gopalnath once saw the saxophone being played in the Mysore palace band set. Upon hearing the vibrant tone of the saxophone, Gopalnath decided to master it. It took him nearly 20 years to conquer the complex western wind instrument, and he was eventually crowned as the "Saxophone Chakravarthy".

Gopalnath had to make certain modifications to the conventional alto saxophone to play Carnatic music. So successful has this adaptation been that the great musician Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, the doyen of Carnatic music, has acknowledged Kadri Gopalnath as a true Carnatic music genius.

Gopalnath learned to play the instrument under Gopalkrishna Iyer of Kalaniketana, Mangalore. In Madras, Gopalnath came in contact with the mridangist T.V. Gopalkrishnan, who identified the youngster's potential and tutored him.   More »


Rajhesh Vaidhya
Rajhesh Vaidhya(or, Vaidya), is an Indian veena player hailing from Tamil Nadu. Besides performing on stage, he has worked with various film music composers. He also acted in the movie Viswa Thulasi and in Premi, a tele-serial. Vaidhya was a winner of the 2010 Kalaimamani award for his veena playing.

Rajesh Vaidya has composed various albums and given many stage performances. He was music director for the movie Vegam by S. Ve. Shekher, starring Ashwin Shekher.He has also worked with Vidyasagar, Harris Jeyaraj, Bhardhwaj, Deva, Devi Sri Prasad and Srikanth Deva. He composed the music for K. Balachander's Sahana, a television series.He collaborated with Playing for Change, on the album Songs Around The World, (2008). He has performed with world renowned musicians and Composers like Sir Elton John.  More »


Kanyakumari is a native of Vijayanagaram, Andhra Pradesh and has been living in Chennai for more than 4 decades.She belongs to a family of musicians.Her parents Sri Avasarala Ramarathnam and Smt.Jayalakshmi encouraged her immensely to pursue music. She was fortunate to be a sishya (disciple) of 3 great legendary gurus, Ivaturi Vijeswara Rao, M. Chandrasekaran and M. L. Vasanthakumari.

Listening to her sparkling brighas and intricate sangatis while she had just started to tread her musical journey, the respected music critic Subbudu compared her music to the ever glittering diamond stud in the nose ring of the goddess Kanyakumari. Ever since she has received innumerable accolades and praise from audiences worldwide and discerning critics for her innovation, accompaniment and solo performances while at the same time strictly adhering to the Carnatic music tradition..  More »


Raman Kalyan is one of the leading Flutists in the Carnatic style of Music. Raman recently won the "Best Flutist Award” from Madras Music Academy for his concert during December Music Festival 2009. Raman is a featured artist in the "Miles from India" tour & performs with legends Dave Liebman, Lenny White, Mandolin Shrinivas, Selvaganesh (Remember Shakti), Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), John Beasley (Finding Nemo, A.R Rahman’s Journey Home Tour) and has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival & Miles from India Fest in Paris. Raman has also been touring as a special guest with the legendary Singer & Guinness record holder K.J. Yesudas Raman’s latest CD, "Music for Deep Meditation", produced by Inner Splendor Media, reached the #1 Spot on the Apple iTunes in the world music category & has been on the top 50 for more than 6 months.

He has worked with great Carnatic music stalwarts like Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna, Mandolin Shrinivas, Nedunoori Krishnamurthy, K.J. Yesudas, R.K. Srikantan, ,T.N.Seshagopalan, Dr.N.Ramani, Veena Doreswamy Iyengar, ,Kadri Gopalnath, Guruvayur Dorai and Srimushnum Raja Rao. He has performed Jugalbandhis with many popular Hindustani musicians like Pt Debi Prasad Chatterjee (Diciple of Smt Annapurna Devi), Nanda Kishore Muley (Disciple of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma), Gaurav Mazumdar (Disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar), Deepakram (Disciple of Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia), great tabla maestro Anindo Chatterjee and has performed along with many Western Orchestras.

He has collaborated with fusion and Jazz musicians including Dave Liebman, ,Dr.L.Subramaniam, Louis Banks, John Beasley, Darryl Jones, Nicholas Payton, John Beasley, Adam Holzman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Ndugu Chancler & V. Selvaganesh Charlie Mariano, Rama Mani, Ranjit Barrot, Karl Peters and world renowned percussionists like Jamie Haddod , Glen Velez (Grammy award winner), and Lenny White More »



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