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S.Ve.Shekher
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S.Ve.Shekher

S. Ve. Shekher is a famous Tamil comedian, playwright and film actor known best for his slapstick humor and for his public welfare initiatives. In 2006, he made an entry into politics by contesting and winning the Legislative Assembly Elections as an AIADMK candidate from Mylapore.

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S. Ve. Shekher was born Sattanathapuram Venkataraman Shekher in a Thanjavur Iyer family. He completed his diploma on Mechanical Engineering and post diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.S. Ve. Shekher is married to Uma. The couple have a daughter named Anuradha and a son named Ashwin who has debuted in the Tamil flick

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Sangita Kala Acharya V.Subrahmaniam
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Sangita Kala Acharya V.Subrahmaniam

V.Subramaniam is one of the prime disciples of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and had the unique privilege of being associated with him for 47 long years. He has the distinction of learning all the krithis directly from the maestro. Semmangudi, the legend comes under the illustrious Umayalpuram school which is in the direct sishya parampara of Saint Thyagaraja. V.Subramaniam is the true representative and torch bearer of this immaculate bani. He is a stickler for absolute patanthara suddham.Thus the fidelity to the patantara is upheld to the minutest detail. V.Subrahmaniam has also learned Padams and Javalis under the great T.Brinda. An 'A' graded artist of the AIR, he has set to tune many compositions of the Jagadgurus of Sringeri. He has proved himself as an illustrious Guru for which the Music Academy (Madras) conferred him the title of 'Sangita Kala Acharya' in the year 2007.

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Sangita Kalanidhi Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman
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Sangita Kalanidhi Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman

Sangita Kalanidhi Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman (Padmasri & Padmabhushan awardee) a virtuoso, a trendsetter, an icon and a maestro par excellence has created this monumental work, his Magnum Opus. The quintessence of the art of Mridangam and his scholarship of over 6 decades find their expression in the magic fingers of this legend. At the altar of percussive art he offers this rare work to posterity with all the reverence and respect it deserves, not only to students of percussion, but also to the global Music fraternity, patrons of art, Music Institutions and connoisseurs of art.

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Sembanar Kovil Maestros
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Sembanar Kovil Maestros

Nadaswaram By Kalaimamanigal Sembanar Kovil Brothers S. R. G. Sambandam and S. R. G. Rajana. The nadaswaram also called nagaswaram is one of the most papular classical wind instruments of south India and the world's loudest non-brass acoustic instrument, The nadaswaram is considered to be very auspicious, a Mangala Vadhyam and it is the key instrument which is played in almost all Hindu marriages and temples of South India. The Instrument is usually played in pairs, and accompanied a pair of drums called Thavil. This product brings to you marvelous concert by two of the leading Nadaswaram Vidwans of Tamilnadu, the Sembanar Kovil brothers namely SRG Sambandam and SRG Rajanna. They are the sons and disciples of the renowned Nadaswara Vidwan SR Givindaswamy Pillai. They also trained under their maternal uncle Pandanallur Guruswamy Pillai, It is worthy to note that the Sembanar Kovil family has been instrumental in preserving and propagating this ancient art for over 150 years. The hallmark of this concert is a superb, soul stirring rendition of Kanada. It also features a detailed and scholarly rendition of raga Saraswathi and Janaranjani, both followed by popular kritis of Thyagaraja. The Sembanar Kovil brothers have performed extensively in Bramhotsavams and Mahakumbabishekams of temples and reputed Sabhas in various part of the country and abroad, They have had the honor of being the Asthana Vidwans at Sri Mariamman temple and Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple in Singapore. Their penchant for innovations is evident in their unique and exceptional rendering of Rakthimelam, Mallari, Jugalbandhis, Vadhyavrinda (ensembles) and fusion music. Kalaimamani and Rajarathna are some of the most prestigious awards they have been conferred with.

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Shanmugasundram
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Shanmugasundram

K. Shanmuga Sundaram is one of India's leading classical dancers and he is considered as one of the best young male exponents of the ancient art form of Bharata Natyam. He has been fortunate to have trained intensively under the legendary dance guru Smt. K.J. Sarasa.

Everyone who has seen Shanmugam perform is struck by his fresh approach to dance. While his dance is rooted in tradition Shanmuga has evolved into his own individual style through his choreographic productions without forsaking the principles of Bharata Natyam.

Shanmugam has been performing professionally for most 15 years and is one of the most sought after male dancers of his generation.Shanmugam has beeb featured in many major national festivals including Sangeet Natak Akademi; National Television Channels and for various State Governments and other reputed cultural organizations such as Alliance Francise, Chennai.

Besides a dancer, Shanmugam is also a Nattuvangam artist (Orchestra conductor) and choreographer for classical Bharata Natyam.Shanmugam also impacts his artistic knowledge to aspiring young dancers through his dance institution "Sathir" in Chennai.

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Shijith Nambiar
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Shijith Nambiar

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Shobana Bhalchandra
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Shobana Bhalchandra

Shobana Bhalchandra, is the youngest of the Trio sisters of chennai, is an accomplished and professional artiste and instructor in Bharatanatyam.She, along with her sisters, were the first and senior most disciples of Dhananjayans, and have rigorously trained under them in the widely practiced kalakshetra style.Shobana, has also had an extensive training under padmabushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, especially focusing on the evocative nuances of Bharatanatyam dealing with expression. Her tutors are maestros in their relevant areas of expertise.Having had her initiation to this dance form at a very early age, Shobana has had the benefit of performing in all the major productions of her Gurus. She together with her sisters, had her Arangetramas early as in 1978, by which time she had already participated in over 100 stage performances.And though she was proficient in academics with a Degree in Arts and an M.B.A.,she decided to take up dance as a full time career,devoting it most of her time and attention.To this end, she has also undergone formal training in Classical Music and Nattuvangam to professional standards, these being integral part of the art form.

Shobana is one of the well-established artistes in the field today, part of a small group of contemporaneous peers so recognized.She has wide range teaching and performing experience in this field.She has set up her own dance institution named "Thrayee", which now operates out of Chennai and Coimbatore in South India, having over 100 students.Her dedicated teaching has borne fruit with many of her senior disciples having performed their arangetrams themselves, and winning several awards and scholarships, apart from assisting as faculty in her classes.Several international pupils from countries such as USA, UK, canada and Japan also learn in her school.In addition to the teaching of theory and practice of Bharatanatyam,Shobana is also an accomplished performer and choreographer.She has given stage performances to enthusiastic response and acclaim at several prestigious forums in India and abroad.

Her most recent and widely acclaimed production was a sols ballet "Meera", set to songs from the eponymous Indian film musical classic of 1945, conceived, choreographed and performed by her to raving reviews from critics and connoisseurs alike.A friendly person loved by her students and liked by all, shobana focusses on moulding budding talent to professional standards of excellence, while at the same time pursuing her performing interests with selected challening themes that are meticulously researched and produced. She also keeps abreast of contemporary trends, and as a consequence, is frequently invited to conduct workshops, judge talent in competitions and provide lecture demonstrations.

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Shri Embar S. Vijayaraghavachariar
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Shri Embar S. Vijayaraghavachariar

Embar Vijayaraghavachariar was the son of Embar Srirangachariar, a distinguished Harikatha exponent of his times. Sri Embar became a 'Double Sironmani' in Vedanta and Sahithya. The distinctive features of Sri Embar's performances included sound knowledge of Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Hindi. He had the unique ability to establish rapport with his audiences and keep them glued to their seats. He had a sparkling sense of humor, which never detracted from the high intellectual level of his discourses. He had a fine power of story telling. His language was always marked by elegance and refined gracefulness. Sri Embar had a sound knowledge of music and was an excellent singer himself. For over 60 years, he enthralled audiences all over India and abroad with his Harikatha.

Sri Embar was an authority on the origin and evolution of Harikatha as an art form and his two articles on 'the History of Harikatha' and 'Musical forms handled in Harikatha' published in the Journal of the Music Academy, Madras, represent a treasure trove to musicologists and researchers. Sri Embar is a recipient of many awards and honors.

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Shubhashree Ramachandran
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Shubhashree Ramachandran

Shubhashree Ramachandran is the daughter and disciple of renowned classical musicians Padma Bhushan Trichur V.Ramachandran and Charumathi Ramachandran. She has also learnt from the legendary Smt. D.K.Pattammal. She is a graded artist of the All India Radio and has also recently sung at the Theatre de la Ville, paris, where she participated in the musical opera of Saint Thyagaraja, the Nauka Charithram.

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Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan
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Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan

Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan had her initial training in Carnatic Music from her mother Smt. Abhayambal. Later she was taught by many stalwarts such as Musiri Subramania Iyer, Kallidaikurichi Ananthakrishnaiyer, T.L.Venkatarama Iyer, Budalur Krishnamurthy Sastrigal, Tiger Varadachariar and Mysore Vasudevachar. Her veena technique represents the Thanjavur baani or style in which the musical nuances and gamakas are vocalized, resulting in instrumental music in its highest form.Now in her eighties, Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan has been performing and teaching veena for well over six decades now. She is an A Grade artiste of AIR. She has been a teaching faculty in Kalakshetra and was professor of veena in Tamilnadu Government Music College.

She has many awards and titles to her credit. Notable among them are Sangeetha Natak Academy Award from President of India, Sangeetha Kala Acharya title of Madras Music Academy, Kalaimamani title from Tamilnadu Governement and Acharya Choodamani Award from Krishna Gana Sabha.

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Smt. Suguna Varadachari
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Smt. Suguna Varadachari

Smt. Suguna Varadachari, is not only a distinguished Carnatic musician but also an exemplary teacher with profound knowledge of both practical and theoretical aspects of music. She trained under the legendary Musiri Subramaniya Iyer, who nourished her with the very nuances of classicism and aesthetics in music and later under Sri Calcutta Krishnamurthy, a distinguished musician, composer and a teacher par excellence. Smt. Suguna served in the Department of Music, University of Madras for 20 years training students with utmost dedication and sincerity. An A grade artist of the All India Radio, she has carved a niche for herself for her uncompromising adherence to tradition. She has traveled widely enthralling international audiences with her refined and scholastic music. She is extremely adept in unraveling the intricacies of a composition and her rendition of any aspect of music is lucid and pedagogic. Smt. Suguna is a recipient of several awards and is the recipient of the Sangeetha Acharya award at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Utsavam for the year 2008.As is her forte she has presented rare and choicest compositions of great composers which is of perennial interest to music lovers and musicians. This DVD showcases traditional and chaste Carnatic music in all its glory.

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Smt. Sweta Prasad
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Smt. Sweta Prasad

Smt. Sweta Prasad, a distinguished artist from Andhra Pradesh has rendered 8 splendid compositions of Annamacharya in this product. She has composed the music for these songs. She has trained under renowned musician Sri Nethi Sri Rama Sarma for several years. She has won the prizes in many competitions and has performed many concerts. Sweta also has provided vocal support for many eminent dancers like Smt. Swapna Sundari, Dr. Shobha Naidu and Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayanth.

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