Youth Concert: 2007 April

Youth Concert: 2007 April 1st Sun 4pm.

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming “Youth Concert Series” performance for April 1st 2007, 5pm. Youth Artists Shamili Allam and Sandhya Chandrasekaran, students of Smt. Latha Sriram, of Sri. Lalitha Gana Vidyalaya, will give a vocal recital. The performers will be accompanied by Sri. Anand Kalyanaraman on the violin and Sri. Balaji Mahadevan on the mridangam.

The performers are accomplished musicians, and their bios are given below………

Please attend to show your support for our youth musicians and accompanists. This is being conducted in a residence; please RSVP so we can make appropriate arrangements. For details, please visit:

Thank you for your continued support of Nandalala Mission’s activities.

Shamili Allam: “Shamili, now sixteen, was musically inclined from a young age. For the last eight years, she has channeled that interest into learning vocal Carnatic music. From 2000, she has been the disciple of Smt. Latha Sriram and has performed in religious and cultural events, including Sri Lalitha Gana Vidyalaya’s productions.
She is currently a senior at Mission San Jose High School and will graduate this June. Outside of her challenging courses at school, Shamili is a part of many activities. She tutors as a homework helper at Mill Creek Academy and volunteers in the Newborn Photography department of Washington Hospital. She has also been learning piano for the last four years. Shamili plans to continue learning the art of Carnatic music”

Sandhya Chandrasekaran: “My name is Sandhya Chandrasekaran, and I am 15 years old. I currently attend Mission San Jose High School as a sophomore. I have been learning music from my guru, Smt. Latha Sriram, artistic director of Sri Lalitha Gana Vidyalaya, for more than eight years.

I first began singing on stage when I was nine years old; I sang at various temple pujas and festivals with my music group. When I was in fifth grade, I gave my first solo rendition of a song at the Badrikashrama Temple during the two-day Ramanavami celebration there. Additionally, I have sung in my music school’s many productions, and rendered a song solo, with accompaniments, during our school’s fundraiser production for the Shiva-Murugan Temple in Concord.

As of now, I have given two house concerts at my home in Fremont, and one in India. In India, I had the opportunity to sing for well-known Carnatic artists, such as the Bombay Sisters. During my next trip to India, which was this past summer, I also gave a concert at my cousin’s wedding reception for more than 1 ½ hours, with accompaniments.

I am very thankful for these opportunities to sing in front of audiences in order to develop my skills as a singer. I hope to improve on my singing in the years ahead”

Sri Anand Kalyanaraman: ” Anand Kalyanaraman got initiated into music by his mother and learnt violin from Coimbatore Sri S.R.V.Sharma. He has performed at Adi veLLikizhamai mahOstavam at Coimbatore, and accompanied vocalists at Lotus Monthly concerts, Thyagaraja and Purandaradasa day programs in the Bay area. He is fortunate to have received guidance from Sri Mullaivasal Chandramouli and Sri Hemmige Srivatsan. He continues to learn from his interactions with noted Bay area artistes like Aravind Lakshmikanthan and Natarajan Srinivasan”

Sri Balaji Mahadevan:  Balaji Mahadevan has been playing Mridhangam since age 12. His initial training was from Shri K.S.S.Mani (Chennai) for 8 years. He continued to learn from Shri Madhu Sudhanan, Chennai (disciple of Shri Karikudi Mani). Balaji has accompanied many leading artists in chennai and in US and has also played for many cassette / CD recordings and TV shows and he has been accompanying for various dance arangetrams and dance ballets. Balaji Mahadevan is a graded artist from All India radio, Chennai. He is also skilled in playing Tabla, Dhol, Thavil, khol and Drums.