Arangetram (Debut Concert)
Wow! Time files. My debut concert was in 2016 when I was just 11 years old. The number of hours of practice that my Guru Sri. Umayalpuram made me put in order to prepare for the debut concert was just bind boggling. He was personally supervising my practice everyday. That summer, I traveled to India alone to prepare for the debut concert. I would go to my Guru's house every day in the morning and I would have my breakfast/lunch/dinner at my Guru's house and sit there and practice, practice and practice all day. My Guru would teach me nuances of Mridangam accompaniment for vocalists, instrumentalists etc. He would teach me how to play impromptu for any concert - like the drummer in a Jazz concert. I was totally blessed to play with two of my Gurus in my debut concert - one was my Mridangam guru Sri. Umayalpuram Mali and the other one was my Violin guru Sri. M.A. Krishnaswamy.
Zee TV - Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyyaru
Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru music festival is an eight day Carnatic Music Festival that hosts the best of the best musicians during the December Music Season, Chennai, India. These events are telecasted on Zee TV, a national TV in India. I was blessed to play with the Great Grand Daughters of Bharath Ratna M.S Subbulakshmi, Smt. Aishwarya Shrinivasan and Kum. Soundarya (Vocal) Shrinivasan, Dr. Narmada (Violin) and Shri. Shivaraman (Ghatam). Playing for TV and in front of a mega audience of thousand people tickles the nerves a little but it is super fun performing for a larger TV audience.
International Music Festival 2018
Walt Disney Concert Hall,
Los Angeles, USA
Performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the second time in two consecutive years was one of the most memorable one for me. The grandiose hall with perfect acoustics, awesome gallery just gave me goosebumps. Our team's composer and conductor Dr. Rose Muralikrishnan was just fabulous. The music competition had participants from all around the world including the US, Trinidad etc. Every one of the teams was just did a phenomenal job. Our team won the gold award second year in a row (2017 and 2018) because of which we got special invitation to perform at the world famous Carnegie Hall, New York in 2020 (This event got postponed to summer of 2021 and later to Jan/Feb 2022 due to Covid-19). Thanks to Dr. Rose Muralikrishnan and Sri. N.Muralikrishnan for composing and executing this grand performance like magic.
International Music Festival 2017
Walt Disney Concert Hall,
Los Angeles, USA
My first performance at the Walt Disney was in 2017. Being my first performance, everything about this concert hall gave me goosebumps - its grandiose hall with perfect acoustics, awesome gallery, etc. When I stood there on the stage, I could feel all the positive energy from all the stalwarts who performed there before me. It felt like I was a small leaf carried to the shore by a giant wave. Dr. Rose Muralikrishnan, our team's composer and conductor was just out of the world. The music competition had participants from all around the world. Our team's performance was declared the best and we won the gold award. Thanks to Directors of the Spring Nector Academy Dr. Rose and Mr. N.Muralikrishnan for inviting me to this competition and making me part of their award winning team.
Narada Gana Sabha
Narada Gana Sabha concert is memorable for several reasons. One of them is the fact that this concert hall is one of the prestigious halls in Chennai, India and has been around since 1958. This concert hall has hosted some of the best minds and performers in Carnatic music, Dance and Drama. The overflowing concert hall, with musically well informed audience, a good sound system etc makes it very enjoyable to perform here. During the annual December Music Season, only selected few get to perform here and it make me proud to be one of those selected few who got invited to play here. I was blessed to play with Smt. Aishwarya and Kum. Soundarya, great-grand daughters of Bharata Ratna M.S. Subbulakshmi. The most cherish-able thing about this concert was that Smt. Aishwarya sang a Ragam Thalam Pallavi in the raga Jyothiswaropini for more than an hour and I played an impromptu mridangam solo for that.
New Year 2019
People celebrate new year watching fireworks, going out with people, watching TV/Movies, but I spent my new years eve performing for other entertainers from Tamil TV and Movie industry. I accompanied Smt. Aishwarya and Kum. Soundarya on the Mridangam. They were their usual best, sang several of the Bharat Ratna M.S. Subbulakshmi's (MSS) classics. Dr. Narmada's violin playing was at its best. Everyone, including myself, felt like we were being transported back in time to the golden era of carnatic music when MSS performed these songs live in various concert halls in India and abroad.
Performing at the Walt Disney was one of the most memorable one for me...
Indian Fine Arts & Indian Consulate General
The Vancouver, Canada concert was memorable for several reasons. This concert was part of my first US-Canada concert tour. Smt. Aishwarya invited me to join her for the west-coast part of her US tour. The Vancouver concert was one of the several concerts in west coast where I accompanied her on the Mridangam. It was also one of the tours where I learnt a lot of things about full-fledge concerts - each concert was 3 to 4 hours long and mostly impromptu like Jazz. Smt. Aishwarya treated me like her younger brother, always encouraging and at the same time challenging me on stage to match her speed, precision, and clarity. The icing on the cake was houseful concert. I got multiple rounds of applause for my solo thani playing. Post-concert, many kids and their parents came and congratulated me. Most humbling was when some of those kids were so thrilled and wanted to start learning the art of playing Mridangam. I felt very happy about touching someone's heart. My goal is to influence kids to take up music even if it means motivating one kid at time.
Los Angeles Telugu Association
Los Angeles, California
This was the first concert in my west-coast tour with Smt. Aishwarya. This is a special concert because it was the first concert where I played with her. She was just so supportive throughout the concert - always encouraging, applauding, giving hints and cues. Like most of the carnatic concerts, this concert was totally impromptu and included requests from the audience for us to sing a few Bharat Ratna Smt. M.S Subbulakshmi classics. The main song in the concert was in a complicated rhythm (thalam) and a complicated edam (position) . I took up the challenge and played for it well. There were renowned Los Angeles musicians like Dr. Rose Muralikrishnan, Sri. N. Muralikrishnan, Smt. Padma Kuttyu, Sri. Babu Parameswaran etc in the audience. They all congratulated me for playing really well and blessed me.
Celebrate 60 years of life
"Music is Life itself" said Louis Armstrong. When we celebrate 60 years of someone's life aren't we celebrating 60 years of music? What better way to celebrate one's 60th birthday than listen to great music live? I was glad to be part of someones 60 years of journey. The aged couple blessed me that I continue my musical journey.
Sacramento Aradhana concert is close to my heart because Sacramento is close by to bay area. While there are a lot of musical enthusiasts including a lot of kids in the Sacramento area there are not that many teachers or music schools teaching these kids. These kids have to travel to bay area or have online classes. Some of these kids are regulars to carnatic music events and they look forward attending concerts organized by Sacramento Aradhana. Performing for the Sacramento community is always fun and enjoyable.
This concert is memorable because of the hosts for whom we performed the concert. It was just a beautiful setting, enthusiastic audience mostly executives from the technology companies like the Microsoft, Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists. Meeting them was very energizing. Got some good advice on how to pursue computer science field for my career. During my concerts I love meeting little kids and senior citizens and I cannot forget meeting the kind and caring octogenarian parent of the hosts. Playing with my Vidwan Kaushik (violinist) was enjoyable as usual.
Community Service Through Music
Scientific evidence suggests that music can have a profound effect on individuals - from helping improve the recovery of motor and cognitive function in stroke patients, reducing symptoms of depression in patients suffering from dementia, even helping patients undergoing surgery to experience less pain and heal faster. I personally have seen my grandmother, who is suffering from Alzeimer's disease, brighten up as soon as she hears an old song from her younger days. Healing people and touching their heart through music is a kind of service. Motivating kids to take up music is one of my goals. I am very happy to say that I have influenced at least 5 students to take up the art of playing Mridangam. I met these kids and their parents during post-concert hangouts with the audience and they were so thrilled after listening to my playing. I introduced them to renowned musicians and now they are fully into playing Mridangam. Every now and then I help them fine tune their Mridangam fingering.
Spring Nectar Academy Performances
Nothing is more satisfying than accompanying young artists like myself in their debut concerts. I know the feelings of a debutant because I have been there myself in 2016 during my maiden concert. My job is to help the debutants as much as I could during practice sessions, when they feel rhythm is just too hard to follow while singing, on stage during the concert. The love and affection that I get from the young artists and their parents after their maiden concert always gives me an out-of-the-world feeling.
A collage of many others concerts where I enjoyed playing my Mridangam. Many of these concerts where part of my community service efforts. Many thanks to my co-artists for performers making me part of their journey. Many thanks to the organizers for organizing such events to promote music and love and encouraging young artists and audience. I enjoy doing the audio engineering and have done audio engineering for many of these concerts. I have loads of Audio equipment at home and play with them all.
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Here I am sharing snippets of a few concerts that are already in the public domain. I am unable to share the other concerts because of copyright or because I haven't sought permissions from the co-artists to share those videos.