Nirmala Rajasekar – Veena
With: KVS Vinay – Violin & V.Srinivasan – Mridangam & Balaji Chandran – Ghatam
Nirmala Rajasekar is one of the leading Saraswathi veena players in the world today. She is an excellent vocalist and composer as well- a dynamic and vibrant artist who has been performing for nearly four decades at venues such as the Carnegie Hall and United Nations in New York USA; Madras Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha Chennai, Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsava Pune, Kolkata Performing Arts Festival Kolkatta, Chembur Fine Arts Bombay, Bangalore Gayana Samaj, in India; the Rumi International Festival in Konya, Turkey; Musee Rietburg Switzerland; BBC London UK; ABC Sydney Brisbane, Australia; All India Radio/ Doordarshan – National program concerts – and several other venues in India, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Indonesia, and Singapore.
Her performances have been featured at special events –including playing for The President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam and Jazz great Ornette Coleman. Nirmala has been an empanelled artiste of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations since 1987 and has performed in many Festivals hosted by the Government of India.
An “A grade artiste” of Indian Radio and Television, she has been featured in several national and regional concerts on Indian Radio and Television. Nirmala is a disciple of veteran Gurus late Prof. Kalpakam Swaminathan, Bhagavatula Shri Sitarama Sarma, and Prof. T.R. Subramanyam. Nirmala’s music highlights her rich patanthara (tradition and lineage) and her unique creative presentation style that has won her many followers.
KVS Vinay – Violin
KVS Vinay is a seasoned violinist who hails from a family steeped in Carnatic music. He is the grandson of Sangeeta Kalanidhi T.K. Jayarama Iyer, noted violinist and the pioneer of orchestration in Carnatic music. Raised in New Delhi, Vinay was initiated into music by Vidushi A. Vanaja. He subsequently received advanced training under Vidwan V. Janakiraman of Delhi and his uncle Vidwan Kovai B. Dakshinamurthy of Chennai.
A concert performer since his teens, Vinay has had the privilege of performing with many senior musicians, including a number of current veterans and stars, over the course of his musical journey in India and the United States. He has also worked with teachers across the US for student arangetrams and community events. He has received an Indian government scholarship for training in music and is a graded artiste of the All India Radio. Vinay is currently a resident of South Bend, Indiana.
V.Srinivasan – Mridangam
Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan learned the South Indian classical percussion art form (the drum – Mrudangam) – from Late Shree. Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer for over 15 years. With extensive performing experiences in concerts both in India and USA, his forte as an accompanying artist is to enhance a concert by blending into the musical canvas painted by the lead artists with subtle yet striking embellishments. He teaches the art form to several interested students – a passion he has inherited from his guru. Srini is featured on Innova recordings label in the album ‘ Song of the Veena’ with vainika Vidushi Smt. Nirmala Rajasekar.
Balaji Chandran – Ghatam
Balaji Chandran started his Carnatic percussion studies in Mridhangam under Sri.Kovai Mani and Sri. Kadayanallur Narayana Iyer. He is a disciple of Sri.Ghatam V.Suresh from whom he learns Ghatam. He brings with him an energetic style of playing the Ghatam bestowed upon him by his guru. He has provided his percussive support to many artists in America, Canada and in India. He has performed in prestigious venues like Music Academy – Chennai, Naradha Ghana Sabha, and other illustrious venues. He considers himself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to lend support to stalwarts and stars of current generation. He has been part of the Cleveland Aradhana festivities and Thyagaraja Aradhana celebrations in Minnesota, USA for the past 14 years. He has been featured in TPT Television and KFAI Radio. He has collaborated with St.Olaf Collage Jazz band and “Brass Kings” an American Blue Grass Jazz band. He is also adept in playing the Kanjira and Morsing. He has also lent percussive support to many Bharathanatyam Arengetrams and dance productions.