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Naada Surabhi: A Unique Violin & Percussion Ensemble


Naada Surabhi: A Unique Violin & Percussion Ensemble

(Violinist from Bangalore,India)

Shri T.S.Krishnamurthy (TSK) hails from a family of musicians. His father Late Shri T.K.Subramanya Shastry was a well known violinist. He had his initial training from his father and continued with Vidwans Shri Prabhakar Phatak, Shri T.G.Tyagarajan and Shri M.S.Govindasway.

TSK started his musical career as an accompanying artist at the early age of 12. His concert experience, coupled with the strong urge to give original expression made him a noted Solo violinist. With a reputation for presenting electrifying stage performances and delivering meticulous emotional expression to music, Sri.TSK has presented solo concerts with finesse & grandeur at several prestigious sabhas & festivals, at national & international venues worldwide. He has accompanied most of the leading senior artists and is a much sought after violinist in the music community worldwide.

During the course of his music career, he has accompanied several leading artists Dr. M.Balamuralikrishna, Dr.R.K. Srikantan, Madurai T.N. Sheshagopalan, Dr.T.S.Satyavati, M.S.Sheela, Trichur V.Ramachandran, Dr.R.N.Srilatha, Dr.Kadri Gopalnath, to name a few.

He is one of the founder members of Aradhana which organizes cultural programmes and honors eminent personalities in the field of music. TSK - founder of TSK School of Music, is imparting training to several youngsters in India & US, some of whom are already performing.

TSK, an engineer by profession heads a reputed company Computer Care (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Website: http://tskschoolofmusic.org/gurus-tsk.php

Vidwan T.S Nandakumar

Shri T.S. Nandakumar, an Top grade artist of the All India Radio, hails from the family of the renowned Nadaswaram exponents, Ambalapuzha Brothers of Kerala. He underwent training in percussion under Shri Kaithavana Madhavdas in the Gurukulam tradition.

T.S.Nandakumar has accompanied top grade artiste like,
Shri Semmamgudi Srinivasa Iyer, M.D.Ramanathan, Dr.S Ramanathan , Dr.Balamuralikrishna, T.N.Krishnan, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Dr.K.J Yesudas , Dr.L.Subramaniam, N.Ramani ,T.V.Gopalakrishnan, T.K.Govinda Rao, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy ,Kanyakumari and others

He has taken up as his life mission to perpetuate our ancient art form and has dedicated himself to teaching the same to hundreds of students worldwide. With more than 25 of Senior students , who are graded AIR artistes , TSN percussive arts centers , established in India, Europe and USA, teaches Mridangam, Ghatam, Kanjira, Morsing, konnakkol, to aspiring students across the globe.

He has received many accolades and awards and to name a few. He was awarded the titles of GURU SHIKHAMANI, Sruti SRUTHILAYA SUDHAKARA, and SWARA SADHANA RATNA, LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN CHENNAI, for his contributions to the field of classical music, BEST TEACHER AWARD, From Shanmukhananda fine arts Mumbai,

He was Awarded THE BEST TEACHER AWARD by the Cleveland Aradhana Committee.

Master. Niranjan Uma Naresh (violinist)
(Disciple of Vid.T.S.Krishnamurthy)

Niranjan hails from a family of musicians. His mother Vidushi Uma Naresh is a well-known musician and a multi-talented artist. He had his initial training in violin with Vidwans Suresh, Vittal Ramamurthy and Thiruvarur Santhanam. He continues with advanced training in violin with Vidwan T S Krishnamurthy. He is also a vocalist and a mridangist. He is currently pursuing his PhD in computer science at the University of California, Irvine.
In his career as a solo and accompanying violinist, Niranjan has performed widely in India and the US. He has received appreciation from one and all, including the legendary violin maestro Sri M S Gopalakrishnan, for his rich tonal quality, intricate phrasing and mastery over the rhythm. He is a graded artist of the All India Radio, Bangalore.
He has performed in various prominent Sabhas, to name a few: Music Academy, Krishna Gana Sabha, Vani Mahal, Kapali Fine Arts, Gayana Samaja, Thyagaraja Gana Sabha, Fort High School, Dussera Festival, Karavali Utsava
He has several awards and honours to his credit, to name a few: Lalgudi Jayaraman Award for Best Violinist from Krishna Gana Sabha, Ananya Pratibha Puraskara for best violin accompanist from Ananya, Bangalore

Santosh Chandru (Ghatam)
(Disciple of Vid.T.S.Nandakumar)

One of the foremost disciples of Guru Ambalapuzha Sri T. S. Nandakumar, Santosh has been playing the Mridangam since the age of 11. He has been accompanying various leading artistes in the fields of both dance and music for many years now. He is a graded All India Radio artiste, and is equally proficient with the Ghatam and the Thavil.

Santosh has been a part of numerous Thaala Vaadya Katcheris along with his Guru, including performances at the prestigious Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana festival. He has also been a part of lecture demonstrations by his Guru at various universities in the United States. He is a regular accompaniment for Padma Bhushan Dr. K. J. Yesudas during his classical concerts in the United States. He has accompanied various other prominent artists such as Mahanadhi Shobana, Sankaran Namboothiri, Flute V. K. Raman, Nashville Sankaran Mahadevan, Smt. Raja Rajeshwary Bhat to name a few. Santosh has also accompanied senior disciples of artistes such as Palghat Sri K. V. Narayanaswamy, Prof T. R. Subramaniam, and Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan. He has had the opportunity to work with leading artistes such as Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam, Embar Kannan, Flute G. S. Rajan, B. U. Ganesh Prasad, Toronto Gowrishankar, Jayashankar Balan and Babu Parameswaran among others.
Santosh has been an invited performing artiste for many of Emory University’s world music ensembles. He teaches Mridangam in Atlanta and has nurtured many students, some of whom have started accompanying for concerts.

Academically, Santosh holds double masters degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering and works for an environmental consulting group in Atlanta.

Sriram Suryanarayan(Kanjira)
(Disciple of Vid.T.S.Nandakumar)

Having been under the tutelage of Mridanga Vidwan Guru T.S. Nandakumar for over a decade, Sriram, has carved out a niche for himself on both the Mridangam and Kanjira. He has accompanied renowned carnatic musicians like Prof. T.N.Krishnan, Dr. N. Ramani, Shri.T.K. Govindrao, Dr, K,J,Yesudas, Shri.T.N. Sheshagopalan, Violin maestros Chandrasekharan and Kanyakumari, Smt.Suguna Purushottaman, Ravi Kiran, Nityashree, T.M.Krishna to name just a few.

Sriram is a highly graded artist of All India Radio (AIR). Besides, he was awarded the prestigious Junior Fellowship in music by the Government of India. He has been regularly giving performances on AIR, Doordarshan and several leading sabhas all over India, including sabhas in Chennai like the Narada Gana Sabha and Naadopasana.

Sriram has a Ph.D in Chemistry from theBhabha Atomic Research Centre and post-doctoral fellowship from McMaster University, Canada. He is currently employed in the Canadian nuclear industry.

Karthik Ramasubramaniam (Drummer)
(Disciple of Vid.T.S.Nandakumar)
Karthik Ramasubramanian is a self-taught drummer with a deep passion for music. He has been learning Mridangam from Guru Sri T.S. Nandakumar for a couple of years now. His love for percussion & dedication towards perfection has enabled him to grow from a novice player to a pro of veritable talent. Karthik has performed with various Bollywood artists such as Dr. K.J.Yesudas, Shankar Mahadevan, Sadhana Sargam, Mano, Chitra & Kavitha Krishamurthy and also performs with many bands across U.S.

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