Krithika Natarajan – Vocal
Rajeev Mukundan – Violin
Vinod Seetharaman – Mridangam
Karthick Venkataraman – Kanjeera
As is our tradition, the judges for the childrens’ music competition present a concert on the evening before. And the concert is dedicated to all our participants.
Krithika Natarajan had her initial training from Dr. Manjula Sriram and later from Sri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. She is currently training with Smt. Ranjani and Smt. Gayatri. As an A Graded artist, she has performed in many prestigious venues and has a number of accolades to her credit. Apart form performing, she is also training a number of students across the globe.
Rajeev Mukundan began his violin lessons with Shri N Govindarajan. He is now receiving advanced training from Sangita Kalanidhi A. Kanyakumari. He is an A graded artists who has received numerous prestigious awards and has travelled and performed widely. He has also given a number of violin duet concerts with his Guru A. Kayakumari.
Vinod Seetharaman is among the most accomplished and sought after first generation Carnatic percussionists in the United States. His Mridangam performances have won him wide appreciation from audiences. His training in Mridangam started at the age of seven from Shri. Ardhanareeswaran, and he continues his advanced training from Bangalore Shri. Arjun Kumar and Shri. Umayalpuram Sivaraman.
The purity and sophistication of Vinod’s mridangam training has enabled him to not only accompany an astonishing variety of musicians, but also given him the freedom to innovate and create meaningfully. Vinod has shared the stage with at least four generations of Carnatic musicians that includes Dr. M Balamuralikrishna, T N Seshagopalan, Dr. N Ramani, Chitravina Ravikiran, Neyveli Santhanagopalan Abhishek Raghuram, etc.
Vinod is passionate about keeping up the purity of his traditional legacy even in collaborative ventures. He has composed and arranged the rhythm for many percussion ensembles. He is a popular teacher, and his students are regular features in music festivals and competitions. His vision is to work with a variety of musicians and propagate Indian percussion to diverse audiences across the globe.
Karthik Venkataraman is a popular kanjira artist in North America. He is a disciple of the famous mridanga vidwan Sri Srimushnam V. Raja Rao. Recognized for his cohesive accompaniment and adherence to traditional playing techniques, Karthik has travelled widely, playing for musicians in Canada, India and the USA. He has accompanied many senior musicians including eminent Sangeetha Kalanidhis. He is regularly featured in music festivals across the country. He has received awards for his work with various cultural organizations.