Gurus of Classical Indian Music – St Louis, MO
|Guru Mala Gopinathan
Guru Nithya Sayeeganesh
Guru Prasanna Kasthuri
Guru Sandhya Anu Pandurangi
Guru Seema Kasthuri
Guru Vidya Anand
|Guru Mala Gopinathan
314-514-2433 (H) 314-698-9852 (C) email@example.com
|Guru Mala Gopinathan started her learning in Carnatic music at the young age of 7 under her Guru Sri Mahalinga Iyer, till she was into college. I performed for the All India Radio and competed in many intercollegiate competitions and the annual India music competitions.
She began teaching music shortly after moving to Saint.Louis in 2004 and has teaching music for nearly 14 years.
Guru Mala has spread the learning of Carnatic classical music to over 500 children in St.Louis over this period and continues to be one of the most sought after Gurus in St Louis.
In Guru Mala’s own words-“Spreading the joy of Carnatic music to all my students is one of the greatest highlights of my life. I am delighted in seeing my students flourish by part taking in various programs, concerts and even doing their ‘Arangetrams’ (First concert level performance on stage by a student of music).”
|Guru Nithya Sayeeganesh
|Nithya Sayeeganesh started her Vocal training Under Smt. Saraswathi at the age of 5, and went to continue under Sri. Ramanadha Bhagavadhar. She also trained in Bharathanatyam training under Smt. Sarala and Veena training under Smt. Hema Veeraraghavan
She has done many concerts, among the many she did, the one that is close to her heart is the one she did at Mahakavi Bharathiyar Illam in Chennai for his Birth Anniversary amongst top Music legends and musicians.
Nithya Sayeeganesh has been teaching vocal Carnatic music and Veena for the past 9 years in St. Louis, MO
|Guru Prasanna Kasthuri (Soorya School of Dance and Music)
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|Guru Prasanna is a Musician and Dancer from Bangalore. He rose to success at the age of 18 in his hometown with 24-hour marathon dancing.
Prasanna has learned music from veteran music Gurus such as Chintalapalli Krishnamurthy, Mathur Shankara Murthy, Ambi Bhagavathar.
He has toured in India at a very young age, performing alongside his Gurus. Prasanna is a composer of classical music as well and has composed over 70 compositions (varnams, Tillanas, and Jathi swarams). Being a strong nattuvanar gives him an innate ability to compose creative phrases and swara Kalpana. He has self-composed music to all his dance productions since the 1980s including Silambu, Jnana, Shringara Nayakaru and many more. Prasanna has worked with extremely well-known musicians such as Grammy awardee Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhat
Prasanna is the curator of St. Louis Dance and Music festival under his performing arts organization “Soorya Performing Arts”. He has taught music to many students in Columbia MO, Springfield MO, and St.Louis. He teaches music at Soorya School of music in St. Louis MO
|Guru Sandhya Anu Pandurangi (Anurag School of Music)
|Guru Sandhya Pandurangi has her training under Pt. Manohar Poddar, Disciple of Pt. Basavaraja Rajguru, Mrs. Vijaya Bokil & Mr. Chandratre from Nasik (Maharashtra, India) since age 7 and currently is training under Living Legend Ustad Imrat Khan. She is also an approved AIR Artist (Jalgaon, Nasik), Bombay Doordarshan Artist. She has accompanied several accomplished artists touring USA from India. Rendered several concerts in USA and in India, trained several students in USA and produced CDs and Cassettes. Expertise: Hindustani Classical/Semiclassical/Sugam Sangeeth.
|Guru Seema Kasthuri (Soorya School of Dance and Music)
|Seema Kasthuri is a practitioner, performer and teacher of Carnatic classical from St. Louis MO. Seema is a student of Vidushi Nagamani Srinath, who started at a young age under Vid Ventakesh at her hometown Hassan. She is also extremely blessed to have learnt with Ustad Imrat Khan in St.Louis.
Seema has accompanied her Guru, Dr. Nagamani in multiple concerts held in Kansas City, St. Louis Music festival, Philadelphia and Houston. Seema has travelled extensively in USA performing for concerts and participated in mega events like “Saagaradaache Saptha Swara” and AKKA convention.
Seema also sings for Bharatanatyam dance arangetram and programs as lead vocalist. She has accompanied dance arangetrams all over USA with her mellifluous voice.
Seema’s first devotional music album was released in 2002 and her contemporary bhava Geethe album Nireeksha was released by well-known scholars and Musicians in August 2013 in Bangalore. Seema is passionate about working with various Genre’ of music. Her new album “Wind-Chyme” yet to be launched is a creative combination of classical, fusion, Rap and R&B.
|Guru Vidya Anand (Swaravidya Music School)
|Smt. Vidya Anand started learning Carnatic music at the age of 5 at Chembur Fine Arts from Late Mrs. Lalitha Parthasarathy, student of Musiri Subramanya Iyer, and a gold medalist at Adyar University, Chennai. She took further training from Late Mr. P.N. Krishnamurthy, a noted musicologist in Mumbai.
She has been performing since she was ten years old and gave her solo concert at the age of sixteen at Bhakta Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Mumbai. She also performed at the Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust Mylapore, Chennai as part of the centenary celebrations. She has taken part and won prizes in several music competitions held in Mumbai.
Smt. Vidya Anand is also a trained dancer, having learnt Bharatanatyam at Nritya Geetanjali from Mrs. Rajee Narayanan and performed her Arangetram at the age of thirteen. She has received training in Nattuvangam from her teacher and has provided vocal support for dance performances.
She started teaching music at Bhakta Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Mumbai. After she relocated to the USA she started Swaravidya Music School in St. Louis, Missouri in 1999 and has been teaching music to aspiring young kids ever since.
She has taken part in several St. Louis cultural events such as Thyagaraja Aradhana and InterFaith Celebration with her students and has given solo concerts for Sangeetha, Society of Indian Classical Music in St. Louis, MO and is dedicated to passing on the rich Indian music tradition to the younger generation. She is extremely proud of all of her students and takes great pleasure in the fact that several of her students have given their debut concerts under her tutelage and carry with them their lifelong love for music.