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Dr. Suma Sudhindra, known for her expertise in playing the Veena, creates a unique sound in collaboration with Ned McGowan on the Western flute & B C Manjunath on Mrudanga.
Dr. Suma Sudhindra 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 of immaculate skill and creative contours. Keen on making a global presence Suma’s works of experimentation have been applauded all over the world. Her unique emani Chittibabu style is vibrant, which has evolved in making the melodic sounds of the Veena a phenomenon of universal appeal. 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 honored with “Rajyotsava Award” from the Government of Karnataka in the year 2001. She is also a recipient of “Kalaimamani” award from Tamilnadu Government. Recipient of “Veene Sheshanna National Award” in the year 2012 from Swaramurthy V N Rao Memorial Trust. Ganakalabhushana from Karnataka Gana KalaParishat® in October 2014 and “Veene Rajarao National Award” for the year 2019.
An undying amount of energy, inspiration and dedication find Suma entrenched today deeply within her various roles of 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
The Bengaluru International Arts Festival, which took place in 2009 to till date under her baton was extremely successful and initiated newer audiences to the world of Music and Dance.
Ned McGowan is a flautist and contemporary classical music composer, born in the United States, living in the Netherlands. Known for rhythmical vitality and technical virtuosity, his music has won awards and been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and other halls and festivals around the world by many orchestras, ensembles and soloists. As a flutist he plays classical, contemporary and improvisation concerts internationally and he has a special love for the contrabass flute, in 2016 releasing the album: The Art of the Contrabass Flute. Ned McGowan is a Pearl Artist, playing the Pearl PFC-905 contrabass flute.
His works include Concerto for iPad & Orchestra (2012) which has been played numerous times in the Netherlands, the US and Brasil, Workshop (2004) for recorder and tape, six pièces mécaniques (2012), written for Calefax & Eric Vloemans, Cleveland Times (2016), commissioned for the NFA Flute Convention, Bantammer Swing (2008), a concerto for contrabass flute and orchestra, which premiered in Carnegie Hall by the American Composers Orchestra, and the recent Garden of Iniquitous Creatures (2016), for the Grammy Award winning sextet Eighth Blackbird, which premiered in November 2016 at De Doelen, Rotterdam.
Ned is a professor of composition, ensembles and Advanced Rhythm and Pulse at the Utrecht Conservatory and teacher of Artistic Research at Codarts in Rotterdam. He holds degrees in composition from the Royal Conservatory Den Haag and in flute from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2014, he was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In September 2016, Ned started an artistic research PhD about speed, frame and time in music at the Leiden University and the DocARTES program in Ghent.
B C Manjunath
Manjunath revealed an innate musical talent even as a young boy and he imbibed the best in Carnatic Talavadya from his parents. Later he enlarged this musical perspective by training in Mridanga under Karnataka Kalashree K N Krishna Murthy and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri T.K.Murthy.
Manjunath’s creative impulses have flowered in various forms, from classical to fusion and in solo and ensemble performances. He has accompanied many greats from India and abroad, including Sangeetha Kalaratna, Sri R R Keshavamurthy, Sangeetha Kalaratna Sri H P Ramachar, Mysore M Nagaraj and Dr. Mysore M Manjunath (aka Mysore Brothers), Dr. Suma Sudhindra and Chitraveena N Ravikiran. He has also shared the stage with international legends like Kani Karaca (Turkish Sufi singer) and Robin Eubanks (Trombone genius). He has worked with composers Rafael Reina, Riccardo Nova, members of Bhedam and with Conservatorium of Amsterdam, The Karnatic Lab Festival, Zagreb Music Biennale, Fabrica Italy, Santander Percussion Festival (Spain), Perth International Festival, Roma Europe Festival, Milano Musica/John Cage Festival, Ictus Ensemble (Belgium), Quintetto Bibiena (Italy) and Het Nederlands Fluit Orkest.