Greetings! Thanks for the gentle nudge dear friend-that the blog needs updating :) yes its been way too long since the last post.
A lot of happenings on the musical and personal front - leaves one wondering about life and the myriad possibilities of the unexpected. Much to be grateful for but a lot to contemplate about too- Raj, Neeraj, and I are happy that By His Grace Shruthi Rajasekar has been chosen as a Marshall Scholar to pursue her Masters education in England. Remembering my Guru Shri Seetharama Sarma who we lost on December 10th most unexpectedly. Shruthi had a unique opportunity to study with him in the summer of 2014. His magnificent teaching and rendition of the Thodi swarajathi will always be remembered. I was very fortunate to be part of his and Mami's Sadhabhishekam function in September in Chennai. May his Blessings be upon all of us always.
Thanks to New Zealand Rasikas and the dynamic Priya and Gopal Srinivasan for bringing me and the grand lady to Auckland and Wellington in August for double header concerts teaming up with Vidwan Kunnakudi Balamurali Krishna and a splendid group of artists Vidwans BU GaneshPrasad, Thanjavur Murugaboopathi and Shree Sundarkumar. The tour proceeded to Australia and Singapore -thanks to Shri Sridhar Chari, Smt. Susmita Ravi, Smt. Shanthinie Raveendran, Smt. Yaso Ponnudurai, Shri V.Shankaranarayanan and SIFAS. Being able to perform at the Veena Festival and Navarathri Cutcheris in Chennai at many venues including the Sharadha Sringeri Peetam T Nagar and Arkay Convention Center was a wonderful experience.
October and November saw yours truly having a concert tour of the USA with performances in the Charleston Music Hall, IFSAAD San Diego, SIFA CA, ICC Rochester, Lawrence University WI, Richmond Rasikas, Hindu Temple MN, Hindu Temple Ft. Lauderdale, SIMA Los Angeles, Veda Temple Seattle, Hindu Temple Portland, CMAI Indianapolis, with the wonderful team of Vidwans Shri VVS Murari, Shri Thanjavur Murugaboopathi, Shri KV Gopalakrishnan, Shri Ravi Balasubramanyam, Shri Ganesh Ramnarayanan. Last week in November was the beginning of the season concerts for the year in Chennai starting with a concert for Gandharva Gana Sabha in Amabattur, followed by Bharathiyar day festivites at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and the season itself :) After wrapping up with a concert on Feb 4 for Sri Krishna Sweets at Saroj Natraj auditorium in Coimbatore 'Veenai Vithagam' a concert of Tamil songs with veteran artists Shri BV Raghavendra Rao Shri Thanjavur Murugaboopathi and Shri Ganesh Rao, I was back in the US for the next round of activities.
March brought us to Schubert Club for the Courtroom Concerts, St. Cloud for the Folks and Traditional Arts grant and the Carnatic Symphony with the brilliant Vidwan KN Shashikiran and a concert that opened with the wonderful Behaag varnam of my dear Guru Sri TR Subramanyam taught to me by dear Guru Kalpakam Swaminathan at the Cleveland Aradhana. On another 'track' work is proceeding at a good clip for our new CD 'Maithree the music of Friendship' at Wild Sound Studios with the master sound engineer Steve Kaul getting ready for an October release. The preview concert of the Maithree team is on April 27 at InnFest at the Zeitgeist studios. Please do check the upcoming events tab to join me whenever possible!
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