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A musical evening with Vrinda Acharya
October 2, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$25
K. Vrinda Acharya has been recognized as one of the best Carnatic vocalists of the younger generation. Emphasis on bhava and clarity of sahitya, adherence to classical authenticity, eye for intricate nuances, wide repertoire and enthusiastic rendering of kritis are her special attributes which, coupled with a rich mellifluous voice, have groomed her into a proficient performer representing a purely classical school of music.
Initially trained under Vid. Shaila Subrahmanyam, she is presently under the tutelage of Sangeetha Kalarathna Karnataka Kalashri Vid. Neela Ramgopal and is also receiving guidance from her husband Mridangam Maestro Vid. Arjun Kumar. She has a graduate degree in Commerce as well as in Sanskrit. Acharya is now training many students in music.
One of the oldest, richest music tradition Carnatic music comprises of improvised variations on a monophonic song. Beginning with a Varnam, a warm up of sorts for the musicians and is followed by a gradual development of the melody infused raga. With each exchange of the ragas and talas intermixed with kirtis and pallavi the embellishments get faster and shorter. Emphasis is on the voice to bring out the subtle nuances of gradation and composition.
Acharya will be accompanied on the Violin by Ashwin Ramanathan. Ramanathan is a graduate of the University of Florida. He has studied music production at the University of California Los Angeles and he has completed a pre-MBA program through Harvard Business School & pursuing business. Ramanathan began learning the violin in the South Indian classical style under Smt. Gomathy Sundaram and is currently taking advanced lessons under Shri H.K. Narasimhamurthy and Shri H.N. Bhaskar. He has given solo performances in the United States and India and has performed with many musicians from around the world. He had the opportunity to perform in December music season in Chennai for three years. Ramanathan is also well versed in Western classical violin and has performed in Brazilian and African music ensembles.
Vrinda Acharya will also be accompanied by Ganesh Sundaresan on the Mridangam. Sundaresan initially started learning the mridangam under Sri Suresh Kothandaraman and furthered his tutelage under Sri Venupuri Srinivas, a disciple of the legendary Ramanathapuram Sri C.S. Murugaboopathy. Currently, Sundaresan trains under the excellent guidance of Sri H.S. Sudhindra of Bangalore and has accompanied many musicians in the USA and India. Sundaresan is a B-Grade artist of All India Radio Bangalore and is currently working as a structural engineer in Orlando, Florida.
Tickets: $25 for adults, children 18 and under free. Members pay only $15.