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Otterbein to Host Dhvani for Concert by Thanmayee Krishnamurthy

January 12, 2017

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music will host Dhvani, India Performing Arts Society of Central Ohio, for a concert featuring vocalist Thanmayee Krishnamurthy at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. This event is free and open to the public. The concert will also feature Vinod Seetharaman on the mridangam and Kamalakiran Vinjamuri on the violin. 

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. More information about Dhvani, India Performing Arts Society of Central Ohio can be found at https://www.dhvaniohio.org. For more information about this event, visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1835897899986559/.

About the Artists

Thanmayee Krishnamurthy is a disciple of Vidwan Sri T.M. Krishna. Born into a family of musicians, Thanmayee started learning music from her aunt, Vidushi Rajarajeshwari Bhat, and from Vidushi Srividya Ramanath. She is also receiving advanced training from her maternal uncle, Sri Vittal Ramamurthy, who has been her musical guide throughout. She has been a regular performer during Chennai Marghazhi season for several years. She has performed at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Vani Mahal, Brahma Gana Sabha, Mudra and Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha. Thanmayee being one amongst the top young artists of Bangalore, has performed at all major Sabhas and music festivals of Bangalore including Gayan Samaj music conference, Chowdayya Memorial Hall, for the youth festival of Samagana Sabha, Kalavanta and many more. After her debut performance at the age of 11, Thanmayee has been a regular performer and has given concerts at major music festivals in India and the USA including the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana. She is the recipient of numerous awards starting with the Balapratibha from the Government of Karnataka in 2001 to the T.Brinda Endowment Award in 2015. Along the way she has also received The All India Radio Competition Award, the Ananya Prathibe Award, and a number of others.

Vinod Seetharaman began learning to play the mridangam at the age of seven. His first guru was Shri. Ardhanareeswaran. He had his advanced training under Bangalore Shri. Arjun Kumar and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri. Umayalpuram Sivaraman. Schooled in the pure classical music tradition under his Guru's guidance and tutelage, Vinod has developed into one of most accomplished and sought after first generation Carnatic percussionists in the United States. His mridangam performances have won him wide appreciation from audiences, and his sound technique and creative abilities in the art of accompaniment, solo renditions, and collaborative efforts have earned him a special place in art circles. Vinod has shared the stage with at least four generations of Carnatic musicians that include Stalwarts like R K Srikantan, Dr. M Balamuralikrishna, T N Seshagopalan, Dr. N Ramani, Chitravina Ravikiran, Sudha Raghunathan, Sanjay Subramanian and T M Krishna.He is a popular teacher, and his students are regular features in music festivals and competitions. His vision is to work with a variety of musicians and propagate Indian percussion to diverse audiences across the globe.

Kamalakiran Vinjamuri is a freshman at George Mason University. His initial guru was his grandfather, Sri. Parthasarathy Iyengar. Then he had some training from Smt. Malladi Vijayalakshmi. His father Sri.Subhash Vinjamuri, a violinist himself started teaching him violin at the age of 7. When he is in the U.S., he gets his training from his father and when visiting India, he is under the tutelage of Kalaimamani A. Kanyakumari. He won several prizes in different music competitions, both in India as well as in the US. Kamalakiran has won many prizes in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana. In December 2010 and 2013 music seasons, Kamalakiran got the Best Performer Award from Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Chennai. Kamalakiran was awarded the Lalgudi G Jayaraman Award, as best violinist in the 2014 Gokulashtami Series in Krishna Gana Sabha. Kamalakiran has been performing in all major sabhas in India since 2009. In 2014 Spirit of Youth series, Kamalakiran was selected as the best violinist in Music Academy. He has been accompanying several leading artistes including, Sangita Kalanidhi Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishn, Sangita Kalanidhi Madurai Sri. T.N. Seshagopala, Vidushi Smt. Suguna Varadachari and Vidushi Smt. Charumathi Ramachandran.

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