Nandalala Mission Invites you to
A monthly program to provide a forum for our
talented youth to perform before a live audience
On: Sunday, Feb 10th, 2008, 4pm
At: 737 Sequoia Drive Sunnyvale, CA – 94086
Veena Performance by:
Accompanied on the Mridangam by:
Guhan Venkataraman, a 7th grader at Lawson Middle School, Cupertino, CA is a budding veena artist of the Karaikudi style, one of themost distinguished lineages in Carnatic music. He started learning Veena from his mother Smt. Lakshmi Venkataraman, a disciple of Smt. Ranganayaki Rajagopalan who is a direct disciple of the legendary Karaikudi Sri. Sambasiva Iyer. This summer Guhan went through advanced training from Smt. Ranganayaki Rajagopalan. Guhan has participated in veena competitions at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana festival for the last two years and has won the first place in all categories. Besides music, Guhan is an artist and he loves painting. He also loves reading comics.
Vignesh, a 9th grader at Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA is a mridangam artist hailing from Umalyalpuram Sri. K.Sivaraman’s school. Vignesh was initiated into playing Mridangam by Sri. Anand Iyer, also from the same school. For the past 4 years, Vignesh has been traveling to India every summer undergoing advanced training under the tutelage of Umayalpuram Sri. K.Sivaraman. Vignesh has been accompanying various artists in Carnatic concerts in the San Francisco Bay area and has received accolades from local critics. He is a frequent performer at Nandalala Mission concerts. Vignesh is also learning vocal carnatic music from Smt. MeenaKodhandaraman, a disciple of Sri. M.S. Anantharaman, and recently from the violin maestro Sri. R.K. Shriramkumar. Vignesh has participated in mridangam and vocal competitions for the past 3 years at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana festival and has won several prizes in both categories. Besides music, Vignesh is an avid sports fan and football is his most favorite sport. He is training to be the quarterback of his highschool football team.