Artists: Shri Raman Iyer (violin), Shri Vignesh Venkatraman (mridangam)
RAMAN IYER, born and raised in Kochi, India comes from a musical household, and showed a keen interest in violin from an early age. His first training on the instrument was under Shri Nedumangad Shivanandan, when he was just six years old. This discipleship lasted for a decade, and was supplemented by the music that permeated his home. His parents Smt. Valli and Shri Mahadeva Iyer were deeply influential in young Raman's life and taught him much about the vocal repertoire of Carnatic music. For a short while, Raman also studied the art of vocal music under Shri Ochira Balakrishnan.
In the early nineties, Raman briefly learnt under the legendary violin maestro Dr. L. Subramaniam. Raman's musical aesthetics have further grown as a result of the time he spent with another wonderful musician, the Vainika Sreevidhya Chandramouli. Raman has also been associated with vocalist Arijit Mahalanabis in Seattle and performed with him as well. This has helped Raman to further appreciate and incorporate subtle microtonal nuances into his music.
In the Seattle area, Raman is known as a patient, thoughtful and encouraging teacher of (vocal and violin) music, and has many students who have benefitted from his guidance.
VIGNESH VENKATARAMAN , a senior at Stanford University, is a mridangam artist hailing from Umayalpuram Sri. K. Sivaraman’s school of music. Vignesh was initiated into playing mridangam by Sri. Anand Iyer, also from the same school. Over a period of 5 years, Vignesh traveled to India every summer to undergo advanced training under the tutelage of Umayalpuram Sri. K. Sivaraman. Vignesh has accompanied various artists, including some senior musicians, in concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area and in India. He has participated in competitions at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana and has won several prizes there. He won the Best Mridangist award at the Spirit of Youth festival held by the Madras Music Academy in 2013. Vignesh is also learning vocal carnatic music from Smt. Meena Kothandaraman, a disciple of Sri. M.S. Anantharaman, and more recently from violinist Sri. R.K. Shriramkumar.
Co-presented with Dhrupad Institute of America (DMIA). This event is part of Dhrupad Days, DMIA's annual music festival. For more information, please visit dhrupad.com