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London International Arts Festival 2018, Redbridge Town Hall

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8 hours of Carnatic music

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2 pm - Inauguration

2.15 pm Dhruv Choir, have been presented since 2004, and have nearly offered 80 concerts to date, comprises of children singing chants with western orchestration. The children will be presenting Sanskrit chants with western orchestration directed by Jyotsna Srikanth.

2.30 pm Dhruv’s Carnatic Violin Orchestra presenting an eclectic mixture of songs

3.00 pm Suganya Balan

Suganya began her journey in dance at the age of 6. Her love for dance gradually changed to deep routed passion and serious pursuit. Suganya is a dance teacher at BharataShetra Natyala Dance Academy and is presently mentored by Guru. Smt.Vasantha Kumari.

 Fluid grace, neat Nritta and finesse in expression mark her performance. Suganya has performed in many coveted platforms and reputed dance festivals in India, Europe and UK.

Suganya will be presenting ‘Aavaahanam - Summoning the Celestials’ This presentation is an attempt to exhibit the mystique and majesty of Bharatanatyam. Magical verses from sacred texts and intricate dance movements transform to experience divine energy.  In a string of profound song selected from classical dance repertoire, performed against a canvas of powerful poetry charged with different emotions Aavaahanam transcend to summon the celestials.

3.45 pm Mrs. Pavithra Viswanathan and students

Pavithra is the founder of Tanpura Music School, Welling. She is teaching Carnatic vocal music for kids and adults across various levels in the south east region of London. She will be presenting popular melodies from South India along with students of music.

4.45 pm Dr. Suma Sudhindra, Talk on ‘How to appreciate Carnatic music?’

5.00 pm Dr. Suma Sudhindra - Carnatic Veena concert

Suma is the foremost exponent of the Veena in her generation of musicians. A very rare blend of the classical conservatism with a belief in evolving to the present, her range of work has extended from the scholarly to performances ofimmaculate skill and creative contours. Keen on making a global presence Suma’s works of experimentation have been applauded all over the world. Her recent contribution to the world of music is her own new innovation ‘The Tarangini Veena’ which has made a tremendous impact in the music circles.

She is honored with “Rajyotsava Award” from the Government of Karnataka,“Kalaimamani” award from Tamilnadu Government, Ganakalabhushana from Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat® and Central “Sangeet Natak Akademi Award” for the year 2017.

An undying amount of energy, inspiration and dedication find Suma entrenched today deeply within her, various roles as a classical soloist, a contemporary composer, cultural activist, administrator, teacher, organizer and performer, where she integrates these roles for the faith of music in her journey of artistic explorations. It is her determination to not only be an adept and successful performer but to be part of the movement in the cause of music and that’s what gave her the impetus to take up official positions in various organizations. She is the Director – Outreach, Indian Music Experience Trust, Bangalore, a member of Academy Of Music, Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore

On 25th Nov Dr Suma Sudhindra will be conducting a workshop on Carnatic Veena, for details contact 07951337986.

6.45 pm - Harish Sivaramakrishnan (of Agam) - Carnatic vocal concert

Harish was born into a family of Carnatic musicians and was introduced to the art at the age of four by his mridangist father H Sivaramakrishnan. Under the tutelage of shri Chembai Kodandaraman, nephew and disciple of the legendary chembai Vaidyanathan Bhagavathar. Harish learnt the art for 19 years and went on to learn from Prof. Aayamkudi Mani, a highly sought after teacher and performer in Kerala for an other 9 years. In the year 2003, Harish along with his friends Swamy and Ganesh co-founded Agam - a genre defining Carnatic progressive rock band which in the last decade grew into one of the most successful and critically acclaimed independent music bands from India . Agam is often credited with pioneering a new sound in Carnatic milieu by mixing orthogonal musical idioms that cuts across generations in its appeal. Harish continues to perform Carnatic music as a solo musician along with his band Agam.

9.00 pm Rama Sasikala Lanka (Youth promotion) - Carnatic vocal with Kiruthika Nadarajah on violin, Janakan on mridangam and Pujenthan Sivagurunatham on Khanjira

Rama Sasikala Lanka has been learning Carnatic vocal from Sri VamshiKrishna Vishnudas since the age of 8. She has successfully completed her arrangetram last October and is now also a member of Sabrang, the national choir for Indian music. She has also taken part in many competitions, ensembles and performances and has just started a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Nottingham university.

9.40 pm Savita Sundaresan (Youth promotion) - Carnatic vocal with Kiruthika Nadarajah on violin, Janakan on mridangam and Pujenthan Sivagurunatham on Khanjira

Savita Sundaresan started learning Carnatic music at the tender age of 4 from Guru Sampath Kumar acharya. Growing up listening to the many legends of Carnatic music led to a deep interest in her for this complex and diverse art form. Since 2009 she has been under the tutelage of Dr. Mala Swamy (Chennai) and has really come into her own as a singer. A third year engineering student at Imperial College London, Savita has weekly lessons over Skype and spends extended periods of her holidays in Chennai in “Grukullam” fashion learning new pieces and fine tuning the existing ones.  As a result of the time and commitment to the art form, Savita has won multiple competitions including Watford Music festival and “Global Carnatician”.She has given several concerts across the UK and India and made her debut in the Marghazi December season in 2017 in Krishna Gana Sabha. Savita also is an exponent of Western flute and Bharatanatyam.

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