BHARATHEEYA SANGEETHA SABHA Organizing a MEGA INDIAN CLASSICAL NIGHT on 1st Dec

Music Night

Legendary Indian Traditional Classical Music and playback singer  Vidushi  Dr. S. Sowmya and her band will perform a live classical concert in Kuwait in an exclusive event organized by Bharatheeya Sangeetha Sabha, Kuwait. Along with Dr. Sowmiya, award-winning and pioneering violinist Shri. Embar S. Kannan & Renowned Mridangam Artiste Shri. Neyveli R. Narayanan will entertain the audience at the event titled “MEGA INDIAN CLASSICAL NIGHT”, which will be held on Friday 1st December 2017 at 6.30pm at Cambridge School Auditorium, Mangaf. 

Dr. Vidushi S. Sowmya is one of the world’s leading exponents of the Carnatic (Indian classical) tradition of vocal music. She is reputed for her deeply classical style and for her large repertoire spanning a wide spectrum of composers, including some of the rarest works of the Carnatic Trinity. She is also a passionate promoter and practitioner of Tamizh Isai – the ancient classical and folk music traditions of Tamil Nadu. Dr. Sowmya is also a fine exponent of the Veena, one of the world’s oldest musical instruments. She is also known for her path-breaking research work in enhancing the tonal stability of the mridangam, the pre-eminent percussion instrument in Indian music.

Dr. Sowmya’s life has been soaked in melody from the very beginning. Growing up in a traditional South Indian family, she had her initial tutelage in music from her father M. Srinivasan, a Chemical Engineer with an enduring passion for Carnatic Music. Later she was singularly fortunate to be taken under the wings of Sangita Kalanidhi S. Ramanathan – exemplary musician, esteemed musicologist and extraordinary human being. After several years of learning from him, Dr. Ramanathan encouraged Sowmya to undergo further training from Vidushi T. Muktha, of the legendary Brinda-Muktha duo. Dr. Sowmya attributes her success and achievements to her gurus and to the bountiful blessings of her beloved Ambal, the Goddess Kamakshi of Kanchipuram.

In addition to being an accomplished musician, Sowmya also has excellent academic credentials. She earned a Ph. D. degree in 2012 from the University of Madras for her research work that combined music and science. Sowmya also holds Master’s degrees in Chemistry and Indian Music. She was a top-ranked scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) and the University of Madras.

A widely traveled, popular vocalist today, Dr. Sowmya strives to adhere to the strict classical values imbibed from her gurus Dr. Ramanathan and Smt. Mukta.

Embar S. Kannan is an award-winning and pioneering violinist in the fields of Carnatic Music and Tamil Film Music. Trained in Carnatic as well as Western Classical methods,

Over the course of his Carnatic career he has accompanied many leading artists such as T. V. Sankaranarayanan, Trichur RamachandranT. N. SeshagopalanSudha RaghunathanKadri GopalnathP. UnnikrishnanBombay Jayashree and S. Sowmya.

Kannan received his Western Classical training from acclaimed music director, Diwaker master. Under him, Kannan entered the film industry with the movie Puli Pettra Pillai. Subsequently, he made himself an integral part of Maestro Ilaiyaraja's orchestra and with them, has played in numerous films and concerts around the world. In addition, he has played for other music directors; notably, Karthik RajaYuvan Shankar RajaVidyasagarSharathA. R. Rahman and Deva.

Neyveli R. Narayanan 
Mridangam Artiste, Tamil Nadu, India 

An intensive training under the Maestro Late Thanjavur Sri Upendran brought about a great amount of professionalism in Narayanan's playing. His guru taught him the intricacies and specialties of the Tanjore Style of playing on the mrudangam.

Narayanan is now blessed with the rare opportunity of being one of the favourite disciples of the Mrudangam Legend Padmabushan Umayalpuram Sri K.Sivaraman. This great influence has brought in a great amount of clarity, precision and perfection in Narayanan's style.

He had the privilege of sharing the stage with the Grammy Award winner, Tabla Wizard Maestro Zahir Hussian recently with Violin Vidwans Sri Ganesh Kumaresh. He has cut several commercial records, released by recording institutions like Charsur, Rajalakshmi Audio, Music India, HMV, etc.

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--by Vijaya Nair
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