SUSHMA SOMASEKHARAN is a Carnatic Vocalist based in Singapore and Chennai. Sushma has performed in several prestigious organisations including Madras Music Academy, wherein she won the Outstanding Vocalist Award for her performance in 2017, Esplanade Theatres by the Bay Singapore, Indian Embassy Brussels, Indian Consulate Luxembourg, Asst. High Commission Sri Lanka and many more. She recently toured the USA in April 2019 with eminent playwright, Dr Gowri Ramnarayan, as part of the DK Pattamal centenary celebrations. She also collaborated with Mythili Prakash in London for her premiere of her production, Here and Now. Apart from performing, Sushma has also been a contributor for India’s premier arts magazine, Sruti where she ran the column ‘’Young Voices’’. Passionate about bringing Carnatic Music to the uninitiated listeners, Sushma is a lecturer at the National Institute of Education, Singapore where she hopes to inspire students to learn more about Indian Classical Music.
SHIVA RAMAMURTHI is a disciple of Violin Maestro Shri Delhi P. Sunder Rajan. He initially started learning violin from Shri Krishna Kutty at the age of 6. He was introduced to Carnatic Music at the age of 4, taking vocal lessons from Smt. Padma Kutty. He has been under the guidance of his guru, Shri Delhi P. Sunder Rajan since 2001. He has performed in various venues throughout the U.S. and India, and has been participating regularly in the December season in Chennai since 2011. He has had the privilege of accompanying senior artists such as Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. S. Sowmya, and Sri D. Seshachary of the Hyderabad Brothers among others. He received the “Best Violinist” award by the Music Academy at the 2017 Spirit of Youth Festival. He is currently working and living in San Francisco, California.
Indian-American drummer and composer Dr. ROHAN KRISHNAMURTHY imagines new artistic intersections to bridge diverse cultures and traditions. Acclaimed a “musical ambassador” by The Times of India, Rohan received mridangam training from maestro Sri. Guruvayur Dorai in India. Rohan’s prolific artistry also explores the intersections of Indian percussion and drum set. He studied drum set with Alan Hall at the California Jazz Conservatory. Rohan has performed internationally with the leading artists of Indian classical music and led numerous cross-genre collaborations. His latest crossover work is The Alaya Project, which bridges the worlds of Carnatic music and contemporary jazz and funk. Rohan received a Ph.D. in musicology from the Eastman School of Music in New York. He has taught at renowned institutions, including Eastman, Harvard, Berklee College of Music, A.R. Rehman’s K.M. Conservatory of Music, Munich Conservatory, Kyoto University, and Percussive Arts Society. He directs the RohanRhythm Percussion Studio, which has attracted dozens of students from around the globe. Rohan recently received grants to study tabla with maestro Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music and explore the crossover between the techniques and repertoire of the mridangam and tabla. An innovator, he patented the RohanRhythm drum tuning system, which is available worldwide.