RAMANA BALACHANDHRAN – VEENA
PATRI SATISH KUMAR – MRIDANGAM
SOWMIYA NARAYANAN – GHATAM
Ramana Balachandran, is a Vainika in the Carnatic music tradition. His prodigious talent was noticed when he was able to identify ragas and point out nuances at a very young age. He has been performing since the age of 12 and his music has always been simultaneously deep, subtle, complex, and emotive. Ramana started learning vocal music with his mother Sharanya Balachandran. He then learned Veena under Vidushi B Nagalakshmi (granddaughter of Karaikudi Sri Subbarama Iyer) for a period of three years and continues under his father Sri Balachandran. He also pursued Vocal from Sangita Kala Acharya, Smt. Neela Ramgopal, and Mridangam from Laya Kala Pratibha Mani, Sri Ranganatha Chakravarthy. Ramana has performed over 350 solo veena concerts in and outside India. His music and artistry is a sublime experience for rasikas across the board.
Patri Satish Kumar was born into a family of musicians. He was initiated into the art of percussion by his mother Padmavathy, a renowned violinist and had his debut at the tender age of 7. A fine performer, composer and with a deep interest to innovate and explore the art form, his specialization is his precise fingering technique and the fine balance of sounds between the treble and base heads of the Mridangam.
Satish Kumar has been a regular feature in prestigious venues and festivals across India and around the world . An “A-Top” ranking artiste of the All India Radio, Satish Kumar continues his journey in the world of percussion
Sowmiya Narayanan is a disciple of Mridangam Maestro Trichy Sri Harikumar and Ghatam Sri Krishnaswami. Sowmiya a is board of trustee of Sankara Nethralaya and conducted more than 650 plus online concerts. With this online concert series he has coordinated and received donations of more than $ 1.5 million in the last 2.5 years supporting 15000 free cataract eye surgeries to poor indigent patients of Sankara Nethralaya.
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