Classical Indian Dance and Music

1:10 Classical Indian Dance and Music

Amrutha Ananth – Dance
Aditya Venkatesh – Vocals
Lakshmi Venkatesh – Nattuvangam
Siva Santhanakrishnan – Violin
Varun Chandramouli – Mridangam

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Amrutha Ananth underwent training in Bharatanatyam in the ‘Kalakshetra’ style under the tutelage of eminent Gurus – Radhika Shurajit (Thrayee School of Dance) and Maya Shyam Sunder (Kalanjali School of Dance).Amrutha has performed at various prestigious venues during the Chennai December Season as part of
Radhika Shurajit’s famous productions on M.S. Subbulakshmi, Kannadasan, Shakuntala and so on. Shehas performed at prestigious dance festivals including the Natyanjali Festival at Perur. As part of Maya Shyam Sunder’s group, she has performed at several events organized by the Rotary Club of Metropolis, SpicMacay, Bhavan’s Kala Kendra etc. She was also one amongst the thousand dancers that came together to celebrate the 1000th year of building the Thanjavur Big Temple, a grand spectacle led by Dr. Padma Subramanyam in 2010. Amrutha has also been trained in Carnatic Music under the able guidance of Sankari Krishnan, Bhagyalakshmi Suresh and Bhuvana Chandrasekhar in India. She has also appeared on popular TV shows on Jaya TV, Vijay TV and Mega TV. In the US, she has given dance performances accompanied by her husband on vocals.

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Aditya Venkatesh has trained under several eminent Gurus in
India such as Smt. Shanta Subramanyam, Smt. Padma Sandilyan and
Kalaimamani Srimushanam V Raja Rao. He has performed at several prestigious venues during the December Music Festival in Chennai. Some of these include Kartik Fine Arts, Vani Mahal, Brahma Gana Sabha and Mudhra, apart from performing at all major sabhas in Mumbai including Sri Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha and Chembur Fine Arts. In the US, he has performed at the Hindu Temple of New York, Shrutilaya (NY), North Jersey Music Lovers, Ashland Temple (MA) and Karnatic Hindustani Music Circle (MA). Aditya follows the D.K.Jayaraman and the Brinda Mukta style of singing. He is very passionate about rendering padams and javalis, which are scholarly compositions filled with bhava, a speciality of the Brinda-Mukta school. Aditya has provided vocal accompaniment for Bharatnatyam performances in India and in the US.
Aditya has a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA and works for a leading Biotech Company in Boston as a Senior Research Scientist.

As a duo, Amranth and Adidtya were invited to perform at the Jose’ Mateo Ballet Theater, Cambridge, as part of the popular ‘Dance Saturdays’ series. As part of this series, Amrutha also conducted a workshop on ‘Introduction to Bharatanatyam’. Their performance at the Gallery in Malden was presided over by Jason Lewis, Massachusetts State Senator and Gary Christensen, the Mayor of Malden. They have also performed at famous associations in the New England Area including UIANE and KANE. “
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Lakshmi Venkatesh has been trained under stalwarts like Guru Mahalingam Pillai, Guru Kathirvel Pillai and Guru S.P. Srinivasan in Bharatanatyam. She has accompanied many artists on the nattuvangam and has successfully trained many students for their debut performances. A chemical engineer by profession, she heads the engineering division of an oil and gas company in India.

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Siva Santhanakrishnan learned carnatic violin and vocal from Shri Palghat Rajaram of Chennai. He is currently a committee member of Karnatic Hindustani Music circle, a non-profit grass roots organization that promotes Indian classical music in the New England area and teaches beginner violin lessons.
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Varun Chandramouli commenced his musical journey under Smt. Geetha Murali, a celebrated, and illustrious disciple of Shri A.S Panchapakesha Iyer, and Smt. T.R. Balamani.In 2003, he began learning Mridangam in earnest under Shri Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan, one of the most coveted Mridangam artists in the New England area. Since 2011, Varun has received advanced lessons from Shri Trivandrum V. Balaji. Currently he is under the guidance of Vidwan Shri Thrichur C. Narendran, a disciple of the legendary Vidwan Padmasri Sangeetha Kalanidhi Palghat R. Raghu. Over the years, Varun has garnered much praise for his vibrant and unobtrusive accompaniment as well as his energetic solos.

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