GEETANJALI 2010 - THE PERFORMERS

Led by Priya & Krish Hariharan, more than a dozen high-caliber instrumentalists & musicians will perform songs from the Indian subcontinent including Bollywood tunes and other Regional superhits. Here’s a profile of a few of the performers:

Priya G.Hariharan is a professional violinist and vocalist, having taken advanced lessons in both from the world-renowned Padmabhushan Lalgudi Shri Jayaraman. She is the founder & chief music instructor at Bhairavi School Of Music, LLC, and has traveled throughout the USA performing Carnatic music and conducted lecture demonstrations in universities in Denver. You can also listen to her singing on the All India Radio - being one of the few approved vocalists for the prestigious radio channel. Listen to her latest interview with NPR on the annual Thyagaraja festival she conducts for the community every year.

Krish Hariharan picked up the harmonium in the 11th grade, and has been involved with the music world ever since. He graduated to electronic keyboards, music composition, orchestration and arrangements. His favourite kind of music is Carnatic music with western musical arrangements popularly known as the fusion music.

Ram Prabhakaran, a versatile singer and an ardent fan of SPB and Sonu Nigam, has been performing and won several prizes in light music competitions right from school through college and has also been part of leading light music groups in Chennai,India.

Purnima Jagtap is a multi-faceted singer who has performed Hindustani music, recorded albums and advertisement jingles with numerous artists, and acted in musical theater productions. In Denver, she has sung with various local bands and currently has her own music studio, “Sanskriti School of Music” in Boulder where she teaches Hindustani Classical music.

Shantanu Datar, vocalist, music enthusiast. He is versatile, having performed songs in multiple languages like Marathi, Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali on stage for a number of years. Strongly believes that music does not have any language barriers.

Vaishnav Krishnan was passionate about drumming and started working little over an year ago and took it serious to customize his learnings. He had this inspiration from the Legend Sivamani and few of his friends in India. He is an active drummer in a band “Chennai XPress” and performed a medley concert for Tamil Association of Colorado (TAC) Chithirai ThiruVizha in May 2010 and his guru is Vic Stauffenberg

Raja Venkataraman has been playing the Tabla and Handsonic for the last 10 years, participating in the numerous cultural programs in the Denver community.

Vinod Ethirajan, plays the hand drums and the acoustic guitar.

Vani Iyer is a trained classical music singer and a western drums percussionist. She currently teaches music to children in Highlands Ranch. She believes in continued learning in music and loves to explore the classical fusion styles in drumming.

V.K.Arun Kumar is an accomplished Carnatic Musician in the field for more than 15 years. Arun has won many laurels throughout India, including titles like ‘Sangeetha Sri’, ‘Swathi Kiranam’, Gold Medals, and 1st Prize from All India Radio competition. Arun is a B-High grade artiste of the All India Radio. He has many prestigious performances throughout India and the States to his credit and also teaches students over the internet.

Dr. Venkat Subramanian has been playing the mridangam since the age of seven under the able tutelage of Late Alathur Tiruchy Raghava Iyer. Venkat has had more than 13 years of extensive training under his guru, which included an eight year diploma course followed by an advance degree in Mridangam. He has performed in several venues in Mumbai, including the National Center for Performing arts, Andhra Maha Sabha etc. and has accompanied several leading musicians.

Sriram Srinivasan started learning the mridangam at the age of six from Sri. Rangarajan of Mettur. He has accompanied local artists in various carnatic music concerts in Colorado on the mridangam. Sriram has also accompanied artists visiting from India including Sri. Sankaran Namboothiri, Smt. Jayalakshmi Santhanam and Mr. Paul Poovanthingal . He is also part of a music group called Dhwanee that performs light music in Fort Collins.

Lakshmi Hariharan was introduced to Carnatic music at the age of 8 and learnt music from various artists in Mysore, India. After moving to Colorado, she came under the tutelage of Hari Devanath from the SriPaduka School of music and has since been learning from him. She is also part of the Dhwanee Music Group and has performed in various programs around Ft.Collins and Denver.

Gayathri Krishnamurthy is an accomplished classical singer and Veena player. After finishing an equivalent of Bachelors of Music in both Vocal and Veena at Sri Sathuguru Sangeetha Samajam she started performing in All India Radio, Madurai and has given concerts in various venues in Madurai, Bangalore and the US. Apart from classical music, she has also experimented with other genres of music. She has worked on Fusion Music in Veena with Amit Heri, the Music Director of the film ‘Morning Raga’ and has also sung in various leading music bands in India and the US.

Prasad Subramanian picked up the guitar for fun while in high school. He comes from a family of music lovers. His enthusiasm for music has helped him learn the instrument without any formal training. He has also experimented with playing classical Carnatic music on the guitar with the help of his mother who is a seasoned Carnatic singer. Prasad is a software engineer by profession.

Meera Ganesan has been pursuing music with emphasis on the traditional South Indian classical genre popularly known as Carnatic music, under the tutelage of her father Sri R. Ganesan and Smt. Raji Subbaraman of Mumbai. She is captivated by poignant and ethereal music and strives for meditative/soulful renditions. She also dabbles in light music and is a proficient Bharatanatyam dancer. Professionally she is a Senior Oracle DBA with Qwest Communications,Denver.

Sanjay Sankar, inspired by his Mom in his love of music, is a light music singer and self-taught keyboardist. He has performed film songs on stage in India and loves reproducing Ilayaraja’s BGMs on his keyboard. He will be on stage for Geetanjali 2010 as a Keyboardist + singer and is looking forward to it.

Tara Sowrirajan appreciates everything about music - from rap to ragas, Eminem to M.S. Subbulakshmi. She loves to compose and is a non traditionalist, combining western tunes with the intricacies of Carnatic music. Tara has taken piano lessons for ten years and Carnatic music for almost five. Tara loves to enjoy this fusion of cultures through music and is very grateful to her wonderful teachers, Priya Hariharan and Nessa Marquez.

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