Soorya (Singapore) presents
"Sree Lakshmi Vandanam"
(Salutations to Goddess Lakshmi)
at the Xian Gu Tian , Chinese Temple at Tampines
Dance and music performances held in honour and as a mark of respect to the Hindu deity of Goddess Lakshmi in the Xian Gu Tian Chinese Temple.
Saturday, 10 January 2015
Time : 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Venue : Xian Gu Tian, 1 Tampines Avenue, Singapore 529783
7:30pm - Music: Carnatic Vocal by Ms Vaishnavi Anand with Mr Anand on violin and Mr Subramanium on mridangam.
7:55pm - Dance: Students of Apsaras Arts (of Mdm Neila Sathyalingam) perform excerpts from their popular production 'Dasamaha Vidhya'.
8:20pm - Music vocals: Dr Bhagya Murthy and group; The Ashtalakshmees.
8:45pm - Dance: Students of Akash Ganga (of Ms Maalika Girish) perform their popular production 'Trishakthi'.
9:10pm - Music vocals: Ms K.V Godha and students; Shubharaagam.
9:35pm - Instrumental music: Flute by students of Vamshidwani (of Mr Trichy L Saravanan).
10:00pm - Dance: Students of Kala Nilayam (of Mdm Vasantha Kasinath) perform popular dance items of a 'Maargam'.
10:30pm - Music vocal: Mrs Aparna Krishnan
Vaishnavi Anand is a promising young Carnatic Vocalist with a mellifluous voice, backed by a strong baani that is steeped in classicism. Her passion for music and understanding of aspects of practical rendition and theory, both from an intellectual and spiritual perspective, make her a truly holistic musician. She is a "B-High" graded artiste of All India Radio, Chennai and has been broadcasting regularly.
She has been imparting training in both Music and Dance to children and adults in Singapore through her organization CHETAS - Centre for Holistic Enrichment Through ArtS from 2012.
The great grand-daughter of Alleppey Sri K. Parthasarathy Iyengar, Vaishnavi is ably carrying forward the family tradition of passion for and practice of Carnatic Music and Classical Dance, representing the fifth generation of performing artistes in her family.
She had her early lessons in Carnatic Music under her grandmother, Smt. Leela Gopalan, continued under Sri Panchapakesa Iyer(brother of Vidwan Alathur Srinivasa Iyer of Alathur brothers duo), and further pursued under Smt. Vijayalakshmi Nathan of Mumbai.
Since 2003, she has been receiving advanced training from Vidwan Sri Alepey Venkatesan in Chennai.
She has several performances to her credit and has regaled audiences both in India and abroad. Her concerts have been appreciated by several senior musicians and connoisseurs, for the manner in which she has endeavoured to imbibe the unique voice culture, crisp Raga elaboration, innovative Niraval and swara patterns - that contribute to a brisk and engaging concert. She has created a niche for herself as a votary of the Ariyakudi style, both in repertoire and in manodharma sangeetha amongst artistes of her generation.
Vaishnavi has performed in several renowned sabhas in Chennai and Mumbai (list attached), during the music season and otherwise. She has also given concerts in several other locations in India like Alleppey, Srirangam, Hyderabad, Pollachi, Madurai and Delhi, She was given a chance to showcase her talents in the world stage when she performed at the Summer Festival in Nantes, France in 1997. She not only rendered solo vocal concerts, but also sang for dance recitals and danced with her mother, Her vocal concerts in Hindu Temple of San Antonio, Texas in 2005 were enjoyed by the audience.
Her concert for The Dubai Music Lovers Group in 2008 was extremely well received. She rendered a concert for Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) in 2009, 2012 and 2013 in front of an appreciative She has also rendered many chamber concerts for Music Circle, Singapore.
Awards and Recognition
"Yuva Kala Bharati" Award from Bharat Kalachar for being an 'All Rounder' in Carnatic Vocal, Bharatanatyam and Nattuvangam in 2002. Was conferred 'Isai Velvi - Best Concert Award' by International Society for Laya Awareness. Was awarded the Junior Research Fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India in the field of Carnatic (Vocal) Music for pursuing research in "Lakshana Geethams in Indian Music"
Allied Artistic Pursuits
She was initiated into the art of Bharata Nrityam by the internationally acclaimed danseuse, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam. She has been pursuing Bharata Nrityam and learning Natya Sastra under her mother, Dr. Jayashree Rajagopalan in Mumbai and has been undergoing advanced training in Karanas and Natya Sastra under Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam in Nrithyodaya, Chennai. She has also undergone training in Nattuvangam.
She has participated in several group presentation and dance-dramas, and also won acclaim as a soloist. She gave her first public concert at the age of three and won tremendous press laurels. She is a "B" Graded artiste of Doordarshan Mumbai for Dance.
She has proved herself as a sensitive music composer scoring music for dance dramas, group ensembles and solo numbers in different languages. She also renders vocal support and nattuvangam for Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam and Dr. Jayashree Rajagopalan. She has rendered vocal music and nattuvangam for Dr Padma Subrahmanyam for 15 concerts all over the USA and Canada, in 2001.
She also sings light classical Hindustani Bhajans and Abhangs and has recorded many Sai Bhajans. She has diversified her interests in other fields and has completed her intermediate course in Painting.
Accompanying artistes for Vaishnavi Anand
Bombay V. Anand (Violin)
Bombay V. Anand is one of the senior disciples of violin vidushi Kum A. Kanyakumari. He is one of the sought after violinists and has accompanied several senior and upcoming artistes. He has performed extensively in many sabhas in Chennai, Mumbai and other places in India and abroad.
He started learning violin from Shri. Borivili Kannan in Mumbai and continued under Smt. Gomati Sitaram at The Fine Arts Music School, Chembur, Mumbai where he successfully completed the 7 year music course in 1993. He then received advanced training in carnatic music with particular focus on violin accompaniment for vocal music from guru Smt. T.R.Balamani of Mumbai. In 2001, he came under the tutelage of Kum. A. Kanyakumari and has been intensively groomed in her baani.
Awards and Accolades
Recipient of the rolling trophy in the 31st All-India competition for Carnatic and Hindustani instrumental music conducted by Swar Sadhana Samithi, Mumbai in 1996.
Awarded a Scholarship from the Government of India's Cultural Ministry in 2001 for advanced training in Violin.
Won the best violinist and was part of the team that won the best concert award in 'Isai Velvi' Concert competition conducted by Ghatam Suresh's International Society for Laya Awareness (ISLA) in 2008
Received the 'Best Violinist' award in the junior slot from Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha during the December 2009 music season.
Received the Lalgudi Gopala Iyer 'Best Violinist' award from Shri Krishna Gana Sabha in 2011
Mumbai R Subramaniam (Mridangam)
R Subramaniam had his initial training in Mumbai under Guru Shri K V Narayanaswamy who has been an exponent of the Tanjore Baani, and a B High artiste, AIR Mumbai. Later he had the great fortune of undergoing advanced training under Mridangam Vidwan Guru Shri Karaikkudi R. Mani which helped him mature as a performing artiste. Currently he is under the guidance of Vidwan Shri T R Sundaresan (SIFAS)
He has concert experience of over 10 years, having performed in various prestigious music associations in Mumbai, Chennai and Singapore such as Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha - Mumbai, Bharatiya Sangeetha Sabha - Mumbai, Chembur Fine Arts Society - Mumbai, BRR Sabha (Atomic Energy) - Mumbai, Vashi Fine Arts - Mumbai, Music Triangle - Mumbai, Hamsadwani - Chennai, Ayodhya Mandapam - Chennai, SIFAS - Singapore, Esplanade - Singapore and Nanyang Fine Arts - Singapore
Apsaras Arts : Dance
With over three decades of prolific local international productions, Apsaras Arts has grown into a dance company that has gained recognition in Indian dance-theatre, enjoying successful performances worldwide. Apsaras Arts Through creative innovations and bold collaborations, aspires to instil awareness of Indian dance forms in Singapore, maintain the best standards of performance and cultivate an interest in the rich heritage and traditions of Indian Arts.
Apsaras Arts was founded in Singapore in 1977 by Shri S Sathyalingam and Smt Neila Sathyalingam of Kalakshetra, India. With an initial student strength of about 20 dance students, Apsaras Arts has expanded in size and significance. Several senior dancers of Apsaras Arts have branched out to form their own dance institutions both under the name of Apsaras Arts and in their own names, in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, France and the United States.
Since 2007, Apsaras Arts has emerged as a premier professional performing company, focusing on creating new works at international and national festivals, corporate events and during its seasonal performances.
Dr Bhagya Murthy: Vocal
Dr Bhagya Murthy, well known for her versatility and talent in Indian classical, semi-classical and light music, has performed extensively in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Cambodia, UK & USA. She has been a lead vocalist for several dance arangetrams, dance recitals, temple festivals, music concerts & contemporary dances. She has given her melodious vocal support for more than 300 Bharathanatya Arangetrams. Bhagya has received several awards like 'Singai Gamma', 'Geetha Kala Nipuna', 'Gaana Kogile', 'Sangeetha Saraswathy', 'Naada Nidhi'.
The title 'Sarva Rithu Kogile' awarded in 2006 by the famous Keerthi Shilpa Sangeetha Vaahini, the largest audio cassette & c.d. producers in Karnataka for her record production of the great seven c.d.'s album at a stretch. The recent to the list is the prestigious "Singaara Puraskaara" by the Kannada Sangha, Singapore for her life time achievement in the field of karnatic classical vocal music & "Kala Ratna" by Sri Senpaga Vinayagar temple music & dance academy for her services to the organization right from the inception. She has conducted the Arangetram for one of her senior students in the field of Vocal Music. She has been awarded by the Global Arts & Talents, Singapore for her tireless enthusiasm, dedication & hard work in the field of semi classical music of the Arts Scene of Singapore recently. She composes music for various stage shows & is one of the most sought after judges for local talentine like Yaar Anda Star & other music competitions organized by Mediacorp besides other cultural institutions, schools & colleges. She is ranked by the University of Sri Lanka in 2013 with Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her life time achievements in the field of Indian Vocal Music. She has been training many young and upcoming artistes in Singapore for more than three decades for the love of the art & passion towards the music.
Maalika Girish Panicker and Akash Ganga
About AAKASH GANGA - The Foundation for Indian Fine Arts, Singapore
AAKASH GANGA is a foundation where Indian classical dance, folk dance and contemporary dance intertwine to create a vibrant and diverse class of dancers in Singapore.
Singapore based Kalakshetra graduate MAALIKA GIRISH PANICKER is the artistic director as well as a teacher at AAKASH GANGA. Maalika has also received certification in Mohinyattam from Padmashree Dr. Vjajayanthimala Bali and Padmashree Guru Kalamandalam Kshemavathy.
As an Indian classical dance teacher, Maalika has about 20 years of experience in teaching Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyaattam, and Indian folk dance at SIFAS, SSVT, NJC, RJC, AJC, various secondary/ primary schools and community centers in Singapore.
She has conducted over 25 Arangetrams (dance debut) for her students.
Maalika Girish Panicker is a uniquely talented artist who graduated from Kalakshetra, the renowned college of Fine Arts in Chennai, India. Maalika has also worked with many eminent dancers including the leading actress and senior exponent of Bharatanatyam, Dr Vjajayanthimala Bali, with whom Mallika has performed in a lead role as Krishna.
Maalika Girish has also performed with several productions of eminent dancers and choreographers in India such as Prof. Chandrashekhar, Smt. Savitri Jagannath Rao, Smt. Lakshmi Viswanathan, Smt. Saroja Vaidyanathan and Smt. Jayanthi Subramaniam.
As an Indian classical dance teacher, Maalika Girish Panicker has over 20 years of teaching experience in teaching Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyaattam, folk and contemporary dance in Singapore. Maalika has conducted more than 25 Arangetrams (dance debuts) for her students.
A popular face on Singapore television, Maalika Girish Panicker has been a part of numerous stage productions from the experimental to the purely traditional. She has been performing widely in Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia.
Maalika is very well-known for her vibrant choreography and costume designing that adds to the dancer's presentation on stage. Her unique conceptualization of themes such as womanhood (Sthri), Mohini, Ganges, Dashavatharam, Valli-Deivanai Kalyanam etc. has left a lasting memory among the audience.
Recently Maalika performed at Cleveland Thyagaraja festival 2014, USA
K V Godha : Vocal
Ms.K.V.Godha had her initial training in carnatic vocal from her mother Smt.Leelavathy and advanced training from Smt.Chella Upendran in Chennai and Shri.N.R.Prashanth at SIFAS, Singapore. She is the Founder & Artistic Director of her Music school Shubharaagam School of Music, Singapore and has been doing various music projects through her school. She has been performing Carnatic & devotional vocal concerts at temples and in other prominent music festivals . She has given Full-length Carnatic Concert at the SIFAS Music & Dance Festival 2006. The other major performances include GOPIO International Festival,Telugu Samajam-Singapore and Navarasa Ramayana Music & Dance Ballet.
She had held the position of lead vocalist & Choir leader at Singapore Indian Orchestra and Choir for many years and has taken part in various International Music festivals in Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Moscow & Mexico. She was selected to be the Main Female Vocalist & a part of the delegation that represented Singapore in the Singapore Porusski (Singapore in Russia) at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow.
As a full - time music teacher in an Indian International school she has trained students for choir which was well appreciated at Indian High com Singapore and she played a key role in compiling & conducting a Music Idol competition during her tenure @ school. Currently she is conducting Indian vocal classes at various Cc's. She has designed the syllabus in such a way that it's impressive as well educative to the new generation. Her students take yearly exams at a renowned music school each year.
She was a full time Carnatic teacher at World Music Centre, Bangalore for about a year during her recent stay in India. Has hosted for one of the episodes of "Sruthi" a Music programme in Vasantham(National Television), Singapore. She has been interviewed about music festivals & about music on Vasantham . Has conducted various music workshops to foreign delegates in abroad and in various Singapore schools.
Her article on Indian Music was featured in National University Of Singapore Art magazine. Hosted Global Indian Idol video for its promotion amongst the Global Indian Foundation schools around the world during her tenure at the international school. She is a very sort after judge for various National Level Music Competitions conducted by CC's & various Indian associations in Singapore.
Trichy L Saravanan : Flautist
Saravanan began at the age of 10 in both vocal and Carnatic flute. After several years of schooling in music under renowned teachers, he started performing by the age 14 in All India Radio, Tiruchy. After several years of performing experience, he got the rare privilege of learning under the Flute Maestro, Dr. N. Ramani aided by the Govt. of India Advanced Learning sponsorship. Dr. N. Ramani himself is the direct disciple of Mali, who elevated the status of the flute in Carnatic concerts with vocal techniques. Dr. N. Ramani polished his teacher's methodology to high vocal standards and brought a new image and dimension to Indian Classical Music in the 1900s. Saravanan, being trained under vocal and violin teachers assimilated Dr. N. Ramani's techniques aptly.
He is also a disciple of the late Sri K. S. Narayanan (senior most disciple of Sri Mali), the late V. Sundaresan, and the eminent violinist Nagai R. Muralidharan. Saravanan is a Yuvakalabharathy Award winner. Trained as a vocalist equally, Saravanan incorporates both the demands of vocal and instrumental techniques in his renditions satisfying the needs of the composition rather than the wants of the audience.
He performs in Ramani's Academy of Flute regularly and with Dr. N. Ramani, Saravanan has taken part in uniques flute concerts like 5-flute concert incorporating a series of flutes in a single concert.
He has made solo albums with recording companies like Kalavardhini with his own gurus accompanying like the violin exponent Nagai Muralidharan and the famed mridangist Srimushanam V. Raja Rao.
Recognition and awards
Saravanan has received several awards and titles for his performances, in particular, the Senior Fellowship from the Government of India and the Yuvakalabarathy award.
He also received the Saptha Swara Kulal Isai Mani and the Senior Flautist awards from the Madras Music Academy. In the Rama Gana Sabha in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh he was honoured as Venu Gana Nipuna.
He was a Flute lecturer with the Tamil Nadu Government Music College before he joined the SIFAS Academy as a Carnatic Vocal and Flute Tutor in January 2004.
Saravanan has accompanied musicians including Padmashri Sudha Raghunathan, Nithyashree Mahadevan, Bombay Jayashri, Kalaimamani A. K. C. Natarajan in clarinet and flute duets, Sangeetha Kalanidhi and Padma Bhushan T.N.Seshagopalan, Sangeet Saamrat Chitravina N. Ravikiran and chiefly Padma Vibushan Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna on world tours.
He has also performed with other famous accompanying artistes such as the tavil exponent Padmashri Valayaptti A. R. Subramaniam and Haridwaramangalam A. K. Palanivel, the violin exponent Kumari A. Kanyakumari. He has also given Santoor-Flute Jugalbhandi concerts with the late R. Visweswaran, a disciple of the Santoor Maestro Pt. Shivkumar Sharma.
His involvement in the dance fratinity is respectable being an accompanist to dance exponents such in the likes of Padmashri Smt. Sudharani Raghupathi, Padmashri Smt. Chitra Visweswaran and Padmashri Dr. Smt. Saraswathi Sundaresan.
His copious fluidity in sangathi creation, strong raga bhava and apt control of rhythm got him the 1st prize in the All India Radio National Flute Competition in 1990 and has also won the gold medal in the Calcutta Youth Festival in 1996.
Saravanan is also a composer in the National Arts Council of Singapore (NAC) in the biennial National Indian Music Competition which showcases budding talents in the field of Indian Classical Music. The SIFAS octet ensemble which he composed in 2004 won the second prize in the competition.
Saravanan's natural gift in understanding the nuances of Carnatic music, put him on the edge over other composer musicians in Singapore. His sensitivity and almost near diction in orchestrating Indian classical music is noteworthy. In 2006, he again created the SIFAS ensemble now with a ten member team incorporating North Indian music instruments such as tabla and sitar in a Carnatic music orchestral piece, a unique ragatalamalika with different ragas and talas, blending with the traditional South Indian instruments with a pair of violins, a pair of support vocalists, flute, mridangam, and ghatam. In a challenging NAC National Indian Music competition, he won the second prize again and winning critical acclaim from the judges and the audience for his individual effort and unique creativity in orchestrating a Carnatic music ensemble blending North and South Indian music instruments. Bringing the sitar and veena, the tabla and mridangam in a single platform was conducted by him for the first time in a national music competition in Singapore.
Saravanan has also composed several other compositions for the institution and in the year 2006, he also composed for the President of India, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam a ragamalika based on the President's own poems, in a cultural show in SIFAS celebrating the visit of the president to SIFAS and was well received by the President himself.
Saravanan is one of the few Carnatic flautists in the world, who has tailor made his flutes ranging from the venu to the bansuri by himself, partly due to his skill in recognising the accuracy of the swaras, which are often difficult to achieve in flutes. By recreating the 7 hole bansuri flute in the bamboo (from Kerala) used by venu flutes, he has widened the avenue of Carnatic style Bansuri playing in Carnatic music which was pioneered by his famous guru. This is a tediously time consuming process taking years to form in timbre and quality before reaching the concert platform. In using these heavier yet deep base flutes which often require heavy blowing techniques as in the venu flutes to achieve the tonal clarity of the bansuri flutes made of the Assam bamboo, he is able to bridge the worlds of both the bansuri and the venu into a single classical dimension by playing both North and South Indian ragas with ease.
This tireless effort has easily allowed him to collaborate with North Indian artistes such as the Orissi exponent Sonal Man Singh as he is able to bridge Carnatic techniques and North Indian ragas well. To increase his repertoire, he also performs in rare ragas, to explore more possibilities with the Carnatic flute.
As a Carnatic vocal and flute teacher, Saravanan imparts a performing verve to his students and the emphasis of practical presentation over theoretical knowledge proves that he is the torch bearer of Dr. N. Ramani's legacy. Just like his famous guru, his method of instruction is inclined towards excellent clarity of swarasthana with a high standard of classical tradition. Emphasising on the strong tradition of chaste Carnatic music strictly refraining from any form of popular music influences.
In Singapore, he has won the respect and blessings of the most famous critic in Singapore's Carnatic music fratinity; Viswakala Bharathi Shri Eelanallur S. Sathyalingam, the music director of Apsaras Arts Ltd. A disciple of famous doyens like Mysore Vasudevachar, Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer and Papanasam Sivan in Kalakshetra, Shri Sathyalingam's music is synonmous with orthodox and tradition.
Saravanan's students include students of all age groups and even a student of Dr. N. Ramani, who is currently the music director of the Indian orchestra in the National University of Singapore.
Saravanan is also exploring inspiration from other genres of classical music from Hindustani to Western classical with even showing interest in Greek, Persian, and Chinese music to reach a yet higher level of performance in his concerts without altering the very fabric of Carnatic music.
He has also founded a pioneer institution in Singapore, Vamshidwani in Jul 2007 to propagate and popularise the Carnatic flute in Singapore and around the region. (from Wikipedia)
Natya Archarya Mani Guru Vasantha Kasinath & School of dance Kala Nilayam
Vasantha Kasinath, the name, is closely associated with Bharatha Natyam as far back as the early 1950s. She started learning at a very young age under the legendary gurus in India such as Sri. P. R. Viswanathan, Smt Gowri Ammal, Tanjore Vankattuva Nattuv nanar, Pathakudi Ramasamy and K.N. Dandayutha Panni Pillai. She did her Arangetram at the age of twelve and has performed at several sabhas in Chennai. In addition, she have also choreographed numerous dance recitals in Singapore, Malaysia, India and many other countries. She was part of internationally acclaimed Uday Shankar troupe and has performed in the finest theatres in eleven countries and fifty-two major cities, in USA and Europe. In 1994, she received the indigenous award for the item 'Snake Charmer Magic', at the Chingay Procession and was selected to represent Singapore at the Medosouji Parade in Osaka Japan. Her other promising performances include 'Radha's Quest' and 'Aadal Kanniro'.
Her most memorable achievements would be the long time achievement award of 'Natya Archarya Mani' in July 2013 and most recently, in December 2014, she was honoured by the People's Association (PA), with the thirty-one years of long service award which is also titled as 'PA STARS Trainer Award'. She says, "I am thankful to Lord for these achievements and I regard them as my testimonials to my contributions to this art form in Singapore'.
Apart from these notable achievements, she has gained another asset in life which is being a 'Guru'. She has been training children from primary to tertiary levels for Singapore Youth Festivals (SYF), clinching Gold and Silver Awards. Through the attachment with PA, she has also been conducting dance lessons in community centres since 1983 and has received the fifteen years of long service award by PA.
Many of her students have been under her tutelage for almost ten years and even more. They have gained their experience through CC events, temple events, charity-production, Mediacorp productions, and cultural shows. Furthermore, some of her dancers have also staged their Arangetram followed by their own self-productions, and have thus gained reputation in this society.
Over the years of her teaching profession, she is proud to say, "My dancers have grown to have a flair for the art of Bharatham. I am honoured and delighted to present them, in tonight's performance. My students are the reasons for my inner strength and motivation and they have cheered me on to become a woman of steel, despite my age. It's no wonder that my inner flame of passion for innovative choreography has still been burning in me.
I would like to thank the Lord for bestowing this beautiful art upon me, steering me continuously to stage similar productions in this birth and His blessings for tonight's huge event."
Aparna Krishnan has had extensive training in Carnatic classical music for over fourteen years. She has acquired tutelage under renowned musicians like late Sri. LPR Verma, professors late Smt. Thripunithura Lalita and Sri. Kummanam Satyanesan of RLV College of Fine arts, Cochin. She is currently also exploring Hindustani music under the able tutelage of Smt Sonali Sinha Biswas, at SIFAS Singapore.
A teacher of English literature by profession, music is her passion. She religiously sets apart time to continuously pursue learning of the ancient art of Indian classical music.