Vignettes from Cleveland

VIOLIN ACCOMPANISTS: “The Thyagaraja Festival at Cleveland is a temple that inhabits music; a divine place where musicians get together and grow as a family. I cherish my involvement at the festival, whether it is on or off stage; the experience is enriching and invigorating and it only gets better, each year. It provides me with the impetus to continue the musical journey, here, after a power packed season in Chennai. It’s a ray of hope and a home away from home.” Ranjani Ramakrishnan
(Clockwise) S.D. Sridhar, V.V. Ravi, Jayshankar Balan, Vittal Ramamurti, M.S.N. Murthy, Ranjani Ramakrishnan, V.V.S. Murari and Nagai Muralidharan.
PERCUSSIONISTS: “The Cleveland Aradhana is unique for many reasons – the warm hospitality, the fact that many artistes listen to others’ concerts during the 10 days, the high standard of young contestants and the general ambience of Indian culture in a city so far away from home. I am impressed by the students of music here and would advise them to spend more time learning the nuances from able gurus in India.” – Mannargudi Easwaran
(Clockwise) Mannrgudi Easwaran (mridangam), Guruvayur Dorai (mridangam), Tanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam), Ravi Balasubramaniam (ghatam), Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar (mridangam), Trichur Mohan (mridangam), E.M. Subramanimam (ghatam) and Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam).

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