Naveen Basavanhally is a promising young mridangist. His gurus are Sri Ramachandran Suresh of New Jersey and Kalaimamani Sri Guruvayur Dorai of Chennai. He has accompanied various musicians such as: Flute Sri VK Raman, Sri AS Murali, Smt. Alamelu Mani, and Sri Sankaran Namboodhiri, to name a few. He has had the privilege of performing at prestigious venues such as Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana and several leading sabhas during the Chennai December music season. Naveen is currently pursuing graduate studies in economics at UC San Diego.
Vignesh Venkataraman is a mridangam artist hailing from Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman’s school of music. Vignesh was initiated into playing mridangam by Sri Anand Iyer, also from the same school. Over a period of 5 years, Vignesh traveled to India every summer to undergo advanced training under the tutelage of Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman.
Vignesh has accompanied various artists, including many senior musicians, in numerous concerts all over the US and in India. He won the Best Mridangist award at the Spirit of Youth festival held by the Madras Music Academy in 2013.
Vignesh is also learning vocal Carnatic music from Smt. Meena Kothandaraman, and more recently from violinist Sri R.K. Shriramkumar. He holds multiple degrees from Stanford University.
Shubha Chandramouli, a disciple of Sri. Poovalur Srinivasan, is an accomplished artist in the field of Carnatic music, following in the grand lineage of the legendary Sri. Pazhani Subramania Pillai, Mylatoor Sami Iyer, and P.A. Venkataraman. Shubha has given mridangam accompaniment to several renown musicians such as Sangeetha Kalanidhi R.K. Srikanthan, T.V. Gopalakrishnan, Flute T. Vishwa, Chitraveena N. Ravikiran, Flute S. Shashank, and Malladi Brothers to name a few. Shubha is a regular performer in Chennai during the December music season, and has also performed several times at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana.
Shubha is also a Carnatic vocalist, trained initially from her mother Sunanda Chandramouli, and continued advanced training under Smt. Geetha Ramanathan Bennett and Sri. Delhi P. Sunderrajan. She has given several vocal concerts around the US and India. An MBA graduate from Boston University, Shubha currently resides in the bay area working at Seagate Technology in Strategic Planning & Finance.
SIVAGANGAI VISHVAK KUMARAN
Sivagangai Vishvak Kumaran is a disciple of Padma Vibhushan Awardee, Sangitha Kalanidhi, Mrudangam Legend Dr. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. He has been under his tutelage since 2009 and had his mrudangam arangetram in Chennai in 2013 accompanying Vidwan Sikkil C. Gurucharan. Since then he has been performing regularly in concerts around the US and in Chennai during the Margazhi seasons. Vishvak had his initial training under Sri Vinod Seetharaman.
Sanjay Subramanian started learning mridangam when he was 4 years old. He had his initial training under Sri Krishna Balakrishna and Sri Vinodh Gopinath. He then underwent advanced training under mridangam Maestro, Kalaimamani Sri Guruvayur Dorai at Chennai beginning in 2007. Sanjay has competed and won prizes at competitions conducted by leading organizations such as Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam and Cleveland Aradhana. He has accompanied many eminent artistes such as Sri Palai Ramachandran, Sri T.S.Sankaran , and Sri B.U Ganesh Prasad. He has been regularly performing at leading Sabhas in Chennai during the music season over the last 5 years. Sanjay will be a sophomore this fall at University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a dual-degree program in computer science and economics.
Nirmal Narayan is a disciple of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman.
He has been performing for several years accompanying many stalwarts of Carnatic music, such as Dr. N. Ramani, Prof. T.N. Krishnan, Sri T.V. Sankaranarayanan, to name a few, as well as several popular upcoming artists. He has performed in leading Carnatic sabhas, such as Shanmughananda Hall, Mumbai and The Music Academy, Chennai, where he was awarded the “Best Concert” prize during the December 2010 music festival.
Nirmal has received numerous awards and titles, namely “Yuva Kala Bharati” from Bharat Kalachar, “Azhiyoor Natesa Iyer Prize” from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, and “Best Performer for Mrudangam” by Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha. As a mrudangam teacher, Nirmal was selected as a “Master Artist” by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.
Nirmal earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. He currently works for Amazon Instant Video in Seattle, Washington, where he continues to teach mrudangam, as well as perform in concerts both in North America and abroad.