J A Jayanth – Bamboo Flute with VVS Murari – Violin and N C Bharadwaj – Mridangam
Jayanth is one of the most sought after flautists in Carnatic music. A prodigy, driven by divine in-born talent and bubbling enthusiasm in bamboo flute, he was naturally drawn into the tutelage of his grandfather, noted flautist Late T. S. Sankaran (prime disciple of Flute Mali) in a traditional guru-sishya parampara since the age of five. Earlier, at the age of four, he was grounded well in vocal music by his grandmother late V.S.Sundari.
Jayanth gave his first solo flute concert at an age of seven. His ability to play RTP in three speeds (thrikaalam) surprised the senior accompanists and the audience on that occasion.
He was awarded ‘A’ grade by All India Radio, Doordarshan at a very young age.
VVS Murari, a renowned violinist, violist, composer and an educator was born to the illustrious Violin Maestro Prof. VVS. He comes from the great musical lineage of Sri. Muthuswami Dikshithar and Sri. Swathi Tirunal. He had his initial training from his grandfather Vadakkencheri Veeraraghava Bhagavathar, and later on from his legendary father Shri. VV Subrahmanyam (VVS). He also trained under the doyen Padma Vibushan Dr. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.
Murari was also mentored by his mother Janaki VVS, who hails from a family of great connoisseurs of music and arts. Murari’s maternal grandfather Shankaranarayanan Iyer was noted teacher and a passionate flautist from Kozhikode, Kerala.
N C Bharadwaj
N C Bharadwaj started learning Mridangam at the tender age of 6. He had his initial training under late Srivancheyam Sri S Gopalan. Further, he had his training under Nanganallur Sri R Sriram. Currently, he is under the able guidance of Padma Vibhushan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Mridangam Legend Dr. Umayalpuram Sri K Sivaraman. Bharadwaj is an ‘A Grade’ Artiste of All India Radio, Chennai. He is a recipient of numerous awards and titles such as “Laya Vadya Praveena” title by Kalalaya, USA, “Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial” award by Sri Kalki Krishnamoorthy trust, “Yuva Kala Bharathi” title by Bharat Kalachar, “Best Mridangam Artiste” Award from the Madras Music Academy, etc. to name a few. He has been accompanying various frontline artistes viz., Smt Sudha Raghunathan, Smt Bombay Jayashree, Smt Aruna Sairam, Sri Abhishek Raghuram, Shri Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Lalgudi Smt Vijaylakshmi, Smt Ranjani Gayathri, Smt Priya Sisters, Sri N Vijay Siva, Chithravina Sri N Ravikiran, etc. He has also toured the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.