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DC Raga Jam: Featuring Kamalakiran Vinjamuri & Vijay Ganesh
August 30, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - August 31, 2017 @ 12:00 am
In the past we have featured the music of North India, this month we are excited to bring to DC Raga Jam the music of South India. Our featured artists will be Carnatic Violinist Kamalakiran Vinjamuri and Vijay Ganesh on Mridangam.
Kamalakiran won Chennai Music Academy’s Best Violinist Award in Spirit of Youth series in 2014, Best Performer Award from Sri Parthasarathi Swami Sabha, Chennai in 2010 and 2013, and many prizes in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana. His gurus include his grand-father, Parthasarathy Iyengar, his father Subhash Vinjamuri, and Malladi Vijayalakshmi. When Kamalakiran visits India, he is under the tutelage of Kalaimamani A. Kanyakumari. He has been accompanying several leading artistes including Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan, Suguna Varadachari and P. Unnikrishnan. Kamalakiran is currently attending George Mason University.
Vijay Ganesh learned the ancient percussion instrument Mridangam from age of 6. His guru is late Sri Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer. He has performed extensively in India, USA and Canada. Vijay has accompanied many eminent musicians including Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, P. Unnikrishnan, Maharajapuram Ramachandran, and Anupama Bhagwat. He has won many awards including Best Mridangist from Music Academy (1999), and Krishna Gana Sabha (1998).
The door fee will be $5 that will go to our featured artist.
After the performance our jam session will follow. We are focused on encouraging spontaneous collaboration between smaller groups of musicians. Pairs, trios, quartets: join up with other musicians that are present or that you’ve met at past events and sign up for a slot to play. We only ask that your performance is rooted in or inspired by the tradition of Indian Classical Music.
Let us know if you’re interested in playing Wednesday night and we’ll make sure you have a slot. Looking forward to seeing everyone then! And don’t forget to share the event with your friends in the area!
Thank you for your support!!
DC RAGA JAM