October 2021 to April 2022 – Planned Virtual Concerts by Sangeetha, St Louis.
Important Notes for Members and Sangeetha Rasikas
- These concerts are confirmed with the Artists for the date and time. However, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the Artists control, at times the date and time may be rescheduled. Inconvenience caused due to such rescheduling, if it happens is sincerely out of our control and seek our members understanding.
- One week prior to the concert date, Sangeetha will update all Members through email and share the link to join the concert Live on the date the concert is launched.
- The Concert Link will be active for next 7 days for members to view or repeat view.
- Post the concert, there will be a 30 minutes opportunity to chat with the Performing musicians. This will be moderated by the Master of Ceremony for the concert.
- Through chat box – questions regarding the concert can be posted for response from the artist.
Hindustani Classical Vocal Concert by Pandit Shounak Abhisheki / 11-27-2021 / SAT 9.30 AM CST
A versatile artist, Shounak is equally adept at several other genres of music; Natyasangeet, Abhangwani and fusion. Apart from the distinction of performing a duet with the legendary Carnatic vocalist Vidwan Dr. M.Balamurlikrishna, Shounak’s inclination towards experimentation in music has led him to collaborate with world music genre with groups like Vibgyor, Taal- Yatra, Miles from India and Sounds of India.
A regular performer in major music festivals including Sawai Gandharv festival in India, Shounak has also toured extensively abroad.
Carnatic Classical Vocal concert – by Vidhushi Aishwarya Srinivas / 12-11-2021 / SAT 7 PM CST
She performed her first concert at the age of twelve and since then has performed more than seven hundred concerts at prestigious sabhas across India.After being trained for over 12 years under Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. D. K. Pattammal and Sangeetha Kala Acharya Smt. Sulochana Pattabhiraman and then by Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri R. K. Srikantan and Sangeetha Kala Acharya Shri P. S. Narayanaswamy she is now being guided by Vidwan Sri R.K.Sriramkumar.
She has performed at prestigious Sabhas all over India and has over a 1000 concert to her credit and is a regular performer in the December Music Season in Chennai.Endowed with perfect sruti-aligned voice with a wide range and clarity, she renders krithis with patanthara shuddham .
She specialises in performing thematic concerts based on themes like RTP concerts, Thiruppugazh , Patriotic songs ,compositions of a specific Vaggeyakaras like Bharathiyar , Gopalakrishna Bharathi and Shyama Sastri .
She also has a wide repertoire of varied works of different composers ranging from koteeswaraiyer to bhadrachala ramadasa, having learnt them from gurus belonging to the composers’ shishya paramparas themselves.
Hindustani Classical Instrumental Music by Dr. SASKIA RAO-DE HAAS – Cello Recital / 12-18-2021 / SAT 9.30 AM CST
Flute Maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia speaks of his disciple Saskia as “someone who has been taught by God.” According to him, “everybody should listen to her music”. Critics and audiences alike have praised her for artistic depth and technical virtuosity. Saskia has performed at all the most prestigious festivals for Indian classical music.
She is the first female non-Indian artist to have performed at the prestigious Dover Lane Music conference in Kolkata. She has toured extensively through North America, Europe and Asia, performing at the world’s leading concert halls and festivals, be it Kennedy Center, the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam, the New Directions Cello Festival in the US, Europelia in Brussels, Musee Guimet in Paris, Singapore, or the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London.
As a composer, she is eminent at bridging the Western and Indian classical-music traditions. She co-founded the Shubhendra and Saskia Rao foundation to promote the joy and benefits that Indian classical music can bring to children.
She created the first complete music curriculum for Indian music for young children based on 6 storybooks that she penned. Over 30,000 children and 100 music teachers have already benefitted from the ‘Sangeet4All’ music curriculum. Saskia lives in New Delhi with her life partner and partner on stage, Pandit Shubhendra Rao and their 15-year-old gifted pianist son Ishaan.
Kalapini Komkali – Hindustani Classical Vocal Concert / 01-22-2022 / SAT 9.30 AM CST
While strengthening her hold over her inheritance with a fine sense of understanding, she has evolved her own vision and has emerged in the last decade as a vocalist with a profound degree of sensitivity and intensity. Her performances are marked by youthful imagination, artistic thoughtfulness and a mature command over various aspects of classical vocalism.
Her musical lineage is most manifest in her emphasis laid on the rendition of the bandish (composition), its bhava or meaning, and in the studied restraint which does not allow the notes, or laya (tempo), to overwhelm the lyrics. The full melodic range and versatility of her voice provide a silhouette but they are never allowed to dominate the rendition by naturally sliding into vocal acrobatics.
Her range of swaras has the ability to convey various bhavas (emotions). The improvisations made by her are generally rooted in the Gwalior gayaki, but carry her own distinct identity.
Kalapini’s wide repertoire of ragas and compositions is further supplemented by the presentation of the traditional songs of Malwa representing the folkore and ethnic flavour of the region. The Sagun-Nirgun bhajans (devotional songs) of the various saint poets rendered in her inimitable style provide an ascetic flavour to Kalapini’s music.
Carnatic Classical Vocal Concert Vidwan Vishnudev Namboodiri / 01-29-2022 / SAT 7 PM CST
Born and raised in Angamaly, Kerala, the engineer-turned-Carnatic vocalist says his family was always keen on Carnatic music, though there weren’t many venues in his hometown for the art.
He started learning music at the age of nine from his aunt Kavitha Shiboo, and Alli Harivishnu. He later trained under Chandramana Narayanan Namboothiri.
It is with the latter that he focused on learning mano dharmam, or creativity-focused learning. After settling down in Chennai in 2007, he has since been under the tutelage of Neyveli Santhanagopalan and then S Narayanaswamy, the latter for the past eight years.
He has toured several venues in the US, the UK, Ireland and in India across major metros.
Grand Carnatic Classical Vocal Concert Sangeetha Kalanidhi Padma Shri Aruna Sairam / FEB 2022 / Date & Time: TBD
Despite her extensive training, Sairam felt the need for guidance in voice training to become capable of fully expressing her creativity and knowledge through her voice. She met German voice maestro Eugene Rabine, who helped her discover and apply a new sound and emotion to her voice. She later took advice and guidance from Carnatic singer M. Balamuralikrishna.
Carnatic Classical Vocal Concert Vidwan Bharat Sundar / 02-26-2022 / SAT 7 PM CST
Bharat Sundar started learning Carnatic music at the age of six with Smt. Gayathri Mahesh, a senior disciple of veteran vocalist Vid O.S.Thyagarajan. He further learned from Vidushi Leelavathi Gopalakrishnan and her son Vid G Srikanth.
Bharat received specialised instruction in pallavi singing from Vid Trichy J.Venkatraman and Vid Srimushnam Rajarao. He was under the tutelage of Vid Sri.P.S.Narayanaswamy for the last several years until PSN’s demise recently.
Currently Bharat is undergoing training with Sangita Kalanidhi Vidushi Dr. S. Sowmya.Bharat is All India Radio ‘A’ grade artiste and Gold medalist from Madras University in MA Music.
Bharat is also an active member of Sukrtam Foundation, a non-profit trust founded in Chennai, India by renowned Carnatic vocalist Sangita Kalanidhi Vidushi Dr. S. Sowmya.
Bharat has performed all over India and abroad accompanied by senior artistes including Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. Trichy Sankaran, Sangita Kalanidhi Sri Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Sangita Kalanidhi Sri T V Gopalakrishnan, Sri Srimushnam Raja Rao, Sri Thiruvarur Bhaktavalsalam etc and is one of the most sought-after young musicians of today.
Hindustani Classical Instrumental Concert by Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya on Santoor / 03-19-2022 / SAT 9.30 AM CST
The famous Maihar Gharana’s only Santoor maestro, Pandit Bhattacharya has revolutionized the instrument as well as the style of playing it. He displayed for the first time ever (1980) that one could ‘meend’ or glide notes at the lower octave in a hammered instrument like Santoor.
Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya is the inventor of “mankas” or fine tuners that help tune the 100 stringed Santoor quickly, for longer lasting effect and to a very high degree of accuracy. His innovative techniques of playing the Santoor also facilitates in the playing of Krintans, Ekharatans and Boltans broadening the utility of the Santoor in various traditional forms of musical artistry.
Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya is recognized worldwide for his Ragdari, as well as Layakari (mathematical calculations). His improvisation on the shape and string arrangements of the Santoor produces music that touches the soul – be it of a connoisseur or that of the casual listener.
Carnatic Classical Vocal Concert by Vidwan Sandeep Narayan / 04-09-2022 / SAT 7 PM CST
Although his decision to relocate from Los Angeles to Chennai in 2006 in order to take up music as his full-time profession was unprecedented, it did not come as a shock to those who knew the extent of his passion.
After undergoing his initial training in Los Angeles from his mother Smt. Shubha Narayan, Sandeep received advanced lessons from the revered musicologist Calcutta Sri K.S. Krishnamurthy in Chennai. After Sri Krishnamurthy’s demise in 1999, Sandeep began training under the well-known vocalist, Sri Sanjay Subrahmanyan. Smt. Shubha Narayan was one of the first teachers of South Indian classical (Carnatic) music in Southern California. Having trained under eminent musicians such as Thiruparkkadal Sri Srinivasa Iyengar, Thanjavur Smt. Soundaramma, and Madurai Sri Krishnan, Shubha provided Sandeep with a strong foundation. Sandeep’s father, Sri K.S. Narayan, also had training in Carnatic music as a young boy growing up in Thiruvaiyaru, an area of South India known for it’s rich musical tradition.
In the early 1980s, Sri K.S. Narayan began one of the first Carnatic music organizations in Los Angeles known as the “South Indian Music Academy” (SIMA), which is still one of the premier organizations showcasing South Indian classical arts in the United States even today. After establishing the organization and serving as it’s president for over a decade, Sri K.S. Narayan stepped down in order to allow the younger generation to take over, ensuring a bright future for both SIMA and Carnatic music in Southern California.