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Abhisaara: A Convergence
A Musical Evening Featuring Veena, Venu and Violin
As we are aware, Carnatic classical music is a highly evolved classical art form that has been in existence in the Southern parts of India. There have been composers and musicians whose contributions by way of compositions, raga delineations, rhythmic patterns and other aspects of manodharma sangeeta have shaped and defined the art form that exists today.
The other equally vibrant Classical musical form that is practised more predominantly in the Northern landscape of Bharat is the Hindustani music tradition or Parampara.
As with any creative form, the legendary practitioners and composers while upholding the highest values of their own systems, were also open to the nuances and influences of the times that they lived in. This fact comes through in a slew of compositions in Carnatic music. We are blessed to have a rich basket of musical creations by the Trinity – Saint Sri Tyagaraja Swamy, Sri Mutthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Shastri spanning the 18th and 19th centuries and other contemporary ones in more recent times.
It is the endeavour of our team this evening, to highlight this delightful Convergence – Abhisaara, the highest level of harmonious integration of musical thoughts, echoes, vibrations and influences of other forms and genres which these great composers coalesced so seamlessly into their own compositions in the Carnatic tradition and made them their very own. The true testimony to these gems lies in the fact that we continue to be enthralled by these amazing crown jewels – some even after a span of more than a century, others belonging to more recent times.
Welcome to an evening of convergent melodies!
Please join the artists for tea at 5:45 pm.
Shubha Santhosh is one of the finest Veena artists of Karnataka. She had her initial training from Late Vid. H. Srinivasa Murthy Achar and was fortunate to get extensively trained under Guru Vid. Smt. Sudha Vadiraj. She is now pursuing her training with Vid. Sri H S Sudhindra. She is known for her amazing clarity and dexterity. She has an acclaimed repertoire for her Tana rendition. She wishes to uphold the rich culture and tradition of Veena Vaadana and also wishes to bring out newer dimensions to her performances and there by connect to global audiences.
Apart from being a veena artist, she has composed, directed & sung for many music albums
Shubha is an “A” Graded artist of A.I.R Bangalore and holds a Gold medal in MA Music in the Instrumental category from Bangalore University. She received Junior Fellow ship 2017 from the Ministry of Culture – Government of India and a scholarship from the Government of India and Government of Karnataka – Department of Culture.
She acquired a first class in Vidwat Grade Examination conducted by Karnataka Secondary. She has been extensively performing all over India and Abroad and has given many TV programs and lecture demonstrations as well.
Her awards include Ananya Yuva Puraskara, Srinivasa Anugraha Prashasthi, GT Narayan Rao Memorial Award,
Ananya Nadajyothi Yuva Pratibha Puraskaara, Best Instrumentalist award from Bangalore Gayana Samaja, Lalitha Padmanabhan award from Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai and Sangeetha Kousthubha.
Vani Manjunath has performed several solo programmes and has given flute support for Bharatanatyam programmes. She has also played in Carnatic ensembles and fusion programmes, and has trained students in the field of Carnatic music.
She has been a student of Vidwan S.A. Shashidhar, Late Professor H.V. Krishnamurthy and Vidwan Sri. H.S. Sudheendra.
Vani passed Vidwat examination with a first class and is a ‘B High’ grade artist of All India radio
Prema Vivek has been performing for several years as a violinist. She has performed in ensembles conducted by A Kanyakumari and have been performing as part of the Bangalore based Women’s VVV Trio for the past ten years. She has also played for Contemporary dance experiments and many audio recordings as an accompanist.
Prema had her initial training under Vidwan Sri HV Raghavendra and Sangeeta Kalaratna (Late) Sri. HV Krishnamurthy. She continued higher training under Sangeeta Kalacharya (Late) Vidushi Neela Ramgopal and received guidance from Sangeeta Kalanidhi A Kanyakumari – the legendary Violinist from Chennai.
She has played for a documentary on Mysore Composers.
She has been a regular performer at all major sabhas not only in Karnataka, but outside as well. She is a graded performer of Doordarshan and AIR and has been training students in the art of Violin playing.
Prema also had a career in the software industry on the technical side.
Adarsh has been learning Tabla for close to 3 decades and has been a regular performer for more than 15 years. A graded artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan, he was also an All India Rank holder for Sangeet Alankar Exam conducted by the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal. Adarsh has been performing across the Country and abroad and is among the few Tabla players of the current generation who can adopt his playing to all formats of Music.
His artistry lies in the capability to accompany Hindustani Vocal and Instrumental Music with equal ease, at the same time feeling very much at home in presenting the truly traditional Tabla Solo format. His forte also lies in blending my style with the dynamism of Fusion and World Music, and the complicated Mathematics of Carnatic Music.