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May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Flute Jayanth – A Musical Journey – FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019 7-9pm
J. A. Jayanth, affectionately called Flute Jayanth by thousands, is a young musician of national and international repute. Born into a musical family, he was naturally drawn into very early training on bamboo flute in the Indian classical music by way of a traditional guru-shishya parampara, since the tender age of five, from his grandfather and guru, late Kalaimamani Flute T. S. Sankaran, a Sangeeth Natak Academy awardee himself and a prime disciple of the legendary Flute Mali. Even before that, his grandmother, late vidwan V. S. Sundari, grounded him well in vocal music.
Driven by his divine in-born talent, deep passion and extensive training, Flute Jayanth gave his maiden solo c
oncert when he was just seven years old. His ability to play rAgam-thAnam-pallavi (or, RTP) in three speeds (thrikAlam) at that age, surprised many senior musicians, co-artistes and audience alike.
Jayanth has a unique, refined fingering and flute blowing technique, which enables him to present his music beautifully even in the very difficult lower octaves (mandhra stAyi and anu-mandhra stAy1) on bass and double-bass, thick-walled bamboo flutes, all the while simultaneously maintaining shruthi suddham (perfect pitching) and tonal quality. His expressive, bhava-laden rendering brings out the depth and soul of lyrical aspects of the compositions he presents (gayaki-form). As a result, Jayanth’s over 1200 solo concerts in India and all over the world, have consistently won him lasting appreciation from one and all, including senior musicians, co-artistes, connoisseurs and rasikas (music lovers).
Jayanth has been invited to perform regularly at pre-eminent sabhas and venues, like the Madras Music Academy, Swathi Sangeethothsavam, Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, Shanmukhananda Hall — Mumbai, Kalakshethra Foundation – Siri Fort-New Delhi, Purana Quila – Delhi, Chowdiah Hall — Bangalore, Prashanthi Nilayam — Puttaparthi, Kennedy Center — Washington DC, Drive East Festival — New York, to name just a few. He has performed flute recitals at other major centers and festivals across India, USA, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Dubai, Kuwait, Singapore, Malaysia, Bali, Mauritius, Re-union Islands and Australia. Some of these have included jugalbandhi’s with renowned Hindustani musicians like Flute Pt. Ronu Majumdar and Shehnai Pt. Ashwani Shankar, Rajhesh Vaidhya and Mandolin U. Raiesh. among others.
N C Bharadwaj started learning Mridangam at the tender age of 6. He had his initial training under late Srivancheyam Sri S Gopalan. Further he had his training under Nanganallur Sri R Sriram. Currently he is under the able guidance of Padma Vibhushan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Mridangam Legend Dr Umayalpuram Sri K Sivaraman. Bharadwaj is an ‘A Grade’ Artiste of All India Radio, Chennai. He is a recipient of numerous awards and titles such as “Laya Vadya Praveena” title by Kalalaya, USA, “Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial” award by Sri Kalki Krishnamoorthy trust, “Yuva Kala Bharathi” title by Bharat Kalachar, “Best Mridangam Artiste” Award from the Madras Music Academy, etc. to name a few. He has been accompanying various frontline artistes viz., Smt Sudha Raghunathan, Smt Bombay Jayashree, Smt Aruna Sairam, Sri Abhishek Raghuram, Shri Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Lalgudi Smt Vijaylakshmi, Smt Ranjani Gayathri, Smt Priya Sisters, Sri N Vijay Siva, Chithravina Sri N Ravikiran, etc. He has also toured the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Abu Dhabhi and Dubai.
VVS Murari, a renowned violinist, violist, composer and an educator was born to the illustrious Violin Maestro Prof. VVS. He comes from the great musical lineage of Sri. Muthuswami Dikshithar and Sri.Swathi Tirunal. He had his initial training from his grandfather Vadakkencheri Veeraraghava Bhagavathar, and later on from his legendary father Shri. VV Subrahmanyam (VVS). He also trained under the doyen Padma Vibushan Dr. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. Murari was also mentored by his mother Janaki VVS, who hails from a family of great connoisseurs of music and arts. Mura r i ‘ s mat e r n a l grandfather Shankaranarayanan Iyer was noted teacher and a passionate flautist from Kozhikode, Kerala. Murari has carved a niche for himself in the field of South Indian classical music.
With a musical career spanning nearly three decades, since his debut at the age of 10, Murari has been making waves in the field of Carnatic music through his aesthetic musical approach and remarkable violin technique. He
conceptualizes and executes his style of playing in a way that stands as a pillar of support in each concert. Murari has had the privileged opportunities in sharing the stage with various legendary musicians and percussionists from an early age. Murari has won the best violinist award from the prestigious The Music Academy Madras for six continuous years. He also has several other accolades from many reputed institutions around the world. Murari is also known for his versatility, especially his ability to present various genres with precision and ease. Apart from classical music, he has been composing music for dance dramas, ballets, short films, and fusion/modern
music. He has worked on various projects with world class musicians, music directors, choreographers, and dancers
and have been part of many prestigious national & international festivals. Murari is the founder and director of VVS
Foundation, imparting quality music education (in person and online) to students across the world. His novel concept Carnatic Philharmonic Orchestra, combining Indian classical and western classical was premiered at
Cleveland Thyagara Festival, Cleveland, Ohio in 2015 and at Phoenix, AZ in 2017 was a roaring success.
He has worked to bring acapella into carnatic music. This was part of his production “Panchamukhi” which was
premiered at Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, Cleveland, OH 2017.