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Carnatic vocalist
Carnatic Violin

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 6 Aug 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

The First Light concert and conversation series present young Hindustani and Carnatic musicians in an intimate, informal and interactive setting. Every alternate month, on a Sunday morning, these thoughtfully curated concerts will feature a group of young, emerging musicians who are talented, sensitive and capable of independent thinking and critical enquiry, from across India.

They will attempt to engage with their respective lineages and the traditional as well as the lesser performed material they have received, in distinctive ways. The musicians are encouraged to present a repertoire that reflects their long years of training, core aesthetic influences and values as well as their individual outlooks and interpretation.

The young musicians are also encouraged to interact with their listeners and explain the nuances of the music and its cultural history as a way of learning communication skills and investing in the building of audiences for the form early on in their careers. This concert too will be accompanied by a component of conversations.

These concerts and conversations featuring young musicians are a part of Kishima Arts Foundation’s Indian Classical Music & Performing Arts Public Digital Archive Project 2022-28 which seeks to document Gurus/senior artists and also encourage younger, talented classical musicians to delve deeper into their traditions to try and present lesser performed and exquisite compositions along with stories of their respective lineages.

In its fourth edition, the series presents a group of Carnatic musicians from Chennai and Bangalore.

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Lakshmipriya R

Carnatic vocalist

Carnatic vocalist Lakshmipriya R is the daughter and disciple of Violin Vidushi Dr. R Hemalatha from Chennai. She had her initial training under Smt. Akhila Siva and has been performing at various sabhas and organisations for the past 7 years. She is an A Graded artiste of All India Radio, Chennai. She was the winner of the National level competition for classical vocal in the year 2016 by All India Radio. She was the recipient of the ‘Kalai Ilamani’ award from the Government of Tamil Nadu in the year 2019 as well as the M S Subbulakshmi Fellowship from Sri Shanmukhananda sabha, Mumbai for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021.

She was awarded the title “Sangita Sri” by Rasika Ranjani sabha, Trichy in the year 2019 for securing the overall prize in 24 competitions. She was the winner of the Pallavi Sammela competition conducted by Sri Rama Lalita Kala Mandira, Bangalore in the years 2020 and 2022. She has performed in the Spirit of Youth festival and the HCL concert series organised by the Music Academy in the years 2019 and 2022. She holds a Masters degree in Indian Music from the University of Madras and secured the gold medal, being the rank holder of her batch. At present, she is pursuing doctorate in Music from the Department of Indian Music, University of Madras.

Sunil Subramanya


Sunil Subramanya is a mridangam artist based in Bangalore. He is a disciple of Vidwan Arjun Kumar and has been performing at esteemed sabhas and music festivals all over India. An A grade artist of AIR and Doordarshan, he has also received CMANA endowment from Percussive Arts Centre Bangalore and ‘Ananya Yuva Puraskara’ from Ananya Academy Bangalore.

N Madan Mohan

Carnatic Violin

Born and brought up in Neyveli, N Madan Mohan, a B.Com graduate from the prestigious Vivekananda College, is a Full-time performing Carnatic violinist. He had his initial training under Sri Pannappattu S Venkatesan and Sri T V Ramani. He moved to Chennai to pursue his passion for Violin playing.

He continues his tutelage under Vidhwan R K Shriramkumar and has been under his guidance for the past 9 years. He has been an active performer in the field of Carnatic music for the past 7 years and has performed in various prestigious sabhas and organisations in Chennai and all over India. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with senior musicians like Shri OS Thyagarajan, Shri Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam, Shri K V Prasad, Shri R K Sriramkumar, Sri N Vijay Siva, Shri P Unnikrishnan, Shri K Arunprakash, Smt Sangeetha Sivakumar, Smt Sumithra Vasudev, Kum Amritha Murali, Shri Ramakrishnan Murthy and various other artists. He has performed in the Spirit of Youth festival conducted by Music Academy of Madras in the year 2019 and also received the best Violin (Accompaniment) award for the same.

Shamith S Gowda


Shamith started learning initially from Vid. H L Shivashankaraswami and is currently learning Ghatam under Vid Giridhar Udupa. He got the first rank in Karnataka State level Talavadya Junior exam and 3rd rank in Talavadya Senior exam. He has received the Karnataka Sangeetha Nrutya Academy scholarship and CCRT Young Artist scholarship for the year 2023 by the Ministry of Culture. He has performed at prestigious stages and sangeetha sabhas in Mysore, Bangalore, Mangalore and Chennai. He also took part in the Spirit of youth festival conducted by Music Academy of Madras and has accompanied senior vidwans such as Mysore Manjunath, Sandeep Narayan, Sakethraman, Sriranjani Santhanagopalan, Bangalore S Shankar, H S Sudhindra, Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma, Mysore Chandan Kumar and many more.