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P.S.Narayanaswamy
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P.S.Narayanaswamy

The Thanjavur delta, which is synonymous with Carnatic music, has produced many sons of the soil who have excelled in the music field. One such ‘Cauveriyin mainthan’ is P S Narayanaswamy, who though did not belong to a musical parampara, yet has cast a spell on the audience for over five decades. His tryst with music started at the age of eight when he came under the tutelage of Tirupambaram Somasundaram Pillai. Music coursed through his veins which made his father discern the skill in the lad. Rigorous practice at dawn for about 4 hours laid a strong foundation for his future musical endeavours. An adolescent singing alapana, swaras with felicity is the hallmark of a true vidwan. Narayanaswamy started performing in marriage concerts at the age of 15, elaborating on a raga followed by swara exercises. PSN, as he is affectionately called, was spotted by the ‘Pitamaha of Carnati music’, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer who bade him join his gurukula, enamoured with Narayanaswamy’s method of singing. At that time, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer was at Trivandrum and principal of the Music College. PSN’s musical odyssey started there. After a stint at Trivandrum, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer returned to Chennai. PSN also came back and joined the All India Radio. From then there was no looking back for him. He is blessed to have accompanied his guru in all his concerts.

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Parassala Ponnammal
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Parassala Ponnammal

Smt.Parassala Ponnammal, hailing from Trivandrum is probably one of the few octogenarian performing musicians in the field of Carnatic music. She had the rare privilege to learn music directly under doyens like Sri Muthayya Bhagavathar and Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. Her music is steeped in tradition and simplicity. An

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Priya Murle
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Priya Murle

An accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer Priya Murle divides her time between teaching and performing Bharatanatyam at Shree Bharatalaya and doing research.

A multi-faceted personality, Priya began learning dance from the age of five at Shree Bharatalaya from Padma Sri Dr. Sudharani Ragupathy. She has also learnt Carnatic music from Padma Sri Vidvan Madurai N. Krishnan as well as Sanskrit from Pandit Thangaswami Sharma. Priya has been working at Shree Bharatalaya for 10 years, where she teaches dance and is also involved in choreography. She has given several performances all over India as well as in Europe and America, besides giving lecture demonstrations to students in India and overseas.

She has received numerous awards and merit certificates, including the prestigious title of "Yuva Kala Bharati" from Bharat Kalachar, and the Bharata Kala Bhushana from Shree Bharatalaya. She was the recipient of the Senior Scholarship for Dance instituted by the Department of Culture of the Government of India. She was also a visiting Professor of Dance at the Government of India Music College, Tamil Nadu, in 1994. She has participated in both the television serials on Dance presented by her Guru, Sudharani Raghupathy. She is a graded artiste of the Doordarshan Kendra, India.

Deeply committed to music and dance, Priya Murle has worked at Sruti - where she is the Executive in charge of the Research & Documentation Centre and the Publication & Audio-visual departments.

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Priyadarsini Govind
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Priyadarsini Govind

"Dance is such a complete line with visuals, poetry, drama, music

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Prof. Mysore Nagamani Srinath
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Prof. Mysore Nagamani Srinath

Musician, Teacher, Organizer, Composer, author amalgamated, portray the multifaceted personality of Smt. G. N. Nagamani Srinath.With her vibrant melodious voice, vocal prowess, discerning bias for shruti, a revealing manodharma blended with orthodoxy, astute subtle rendering, vividly cogent

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Prof. T.R.Subramanyam
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Prof. T.R.Subramanyam

T. R. Subramanyam, or TRS as he is more popularly known amongst most music loving rasikas is a vidwan with uncommon traits. He is unconventional in the sense, that he is a daredevil willing to explore new avenues, regardless of whether his new ideas are accepted or not. He may not start his concert with a traditional varnam or a kriti on Ganesha. On one occasion, the opening item of his concert was a javali in Kapi ragam!

TRS is scholarly and original in his approach to learning new kritis. Though TRS is a multilinguist, until he is confident of the meaning of song- whether the kriti is in Telugu, Kannada, Sanskrit or Tamil, he will not attempt to sing it. Before presenting a new kriti at a concert he pays particular attention to learn the correct words of the sahitya and the correct pronunciation of each word. When TRS renders a kriti, each sangati is rendered with clarity allowing the listener to pick up the words of the song.

In his swaraprastharas, he uses swarams intelligently- he is skillful on the use of swaraksharams. If for instance, he is attempting swara prastharas for a sahitya like

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R.K.Suryanarayana
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R.K.Suryanarayana

Born into a family of musicians in Rudrapatna in Hassan district in Karnataka, R K Suryanarayana (1937-2003) had a unique style with which he mesmerized his audience. A child prodigy, RKS mastered veena under the tutelage of his illustrious father R.S Keshavamurthy, a highly revered musician in the court of the Mysore kings. He tuned his instrument to perfection and created an aural spell as his fingers struck, strummed and plucked the strings. Highly articulate and erudite, he was at home with both composing music and sahitya.

He has toured extensively within India and abroad and has won several prestigious awards like the Kananada Rajyostsava Day Award, 'Kalaimamani','Yaz Vendhan','Veena Gana Maharishi','Veena Visarada','Vainika Sironmani'- just to name a few.

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Raji Gopalakrishnan
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Ramesh Vinayakam
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Ramesh Vinayakam

Ramesh Vinayagam is one of the rare composers who established a clear identity of his own in his music right from his first soundtrack.Ramesh Vinayagam is a man of orchestration. Be it any song, there is a clarity and elegance in his orchestration. Ramesh has a unique way in writing Vocal harmonies. Some of vocal harmonies he introduces in the interludes of the songs and the chorus parts he puts as a parallel layer of the lead vocal melody are so deep in melody, complex and brilliantly written.

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Ramnad Krishnan
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Ramnad Krishnan

Shri. Ramnad Krishnan was born on 14th September 1918 at Alleppey in Kerala in a family of musicians, all the six brothers being accomplished artistes. Ramnad Krishnan had his school education at Ramnad in Tamilnadu where he learnt music from late vidwan Shri. Ramnad Sankara Sivam (elder brother of late mridanga vidwan Ramnad shri. C S Murugaboopathy).

Later he migrated to madras and took up music as profession. He was a faithful listener of all kinds of music . This with his natural bent of analytical mind, later made him create his own style of musical expression

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Ramya Harishankar
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Ramya Harishankar

Bharata Natyam is a classical Indian dance form originating in the Southern Indian temple dance tradition, which combines the arts of the stage, music, poetry, costuming and rhythm. Ramya Harishankar, who established her own dance school Arpana (meaning "offering") in Orange County, learned Bharata Natyam from traditional gurus in India, has performed and toured internationally for over twenty years. Trisha Banjeree has been under her tutelage for the past four years and recently performed her arangetram or solo debut. During this apprenticeship they will prepare a margam, a repertoire of seven items to be presented as a full-length solo performance of two hours.

"I began learning Bharata Natyam at the age of 7 when I was mezmerized by its energy and rhythm; I immediately decided I would be a dancer...."Master artist Ramya Harishankar studied the graceful Vazhuvoor style with Gurgu Swamimalai K. Rajaratnam from 1969 until his death in 1994. She also began training Abhinaya (expressive dance) under Kalanidhi Narayanan and says, "As I received instruction in the exacting art of abhinaya with her, dance took a new meaning and dimension."

"Bharata Natyam plays a tremendous role in my life. Outside school, it is where I spend all my time, putting forth hour after hour into practicing. It is the place in my life where I find the most joy and happiness!" --Trisha Banerjee. In fulfillment of the requirements of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Trisha Banerjee presented a solo Bharata Natyam recital on March 22, 2003, at the Corona Civic Center Auditorium. The master artist Ramya Harishankar, Artistic Director of the Arpana Dance Company, choreographed a

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Roja Kannan
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Roja Kannan

Roja Kannan is a Bharathanatyam artiste and is a very senior disciple of the renowned Guru Padmashri Adyar K. Lakshman and Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. Born in a family steeped in rich musical tradition being the granddaughter of the renowned musician Palghat Rama Bhagavathar she grew up in an atmosphere of music and dance and started dancing even before she started walking.

She performed her

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