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I, Erode Nagaraj, from the childhood had a great interest to learn rhythm and was initiated into the art of Mrudangam at the age of 7 years. I learnt the art of mrudangam initially from Palladam Sri. V. Ramachandran for 8 years. In order to have further training in all the branches of this art, I became the disciple of Padmabushan Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman since 1990. I took intensive and advance training from my revered Guru, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Umayalpuram Sri. K. Sivaraman, which included accompaniment to vocal music and instrumental music as well and to learn playing for more number of thalas. Though I had participated in several state level school competitions with distinction, my first debut at Chennai was held on Friday, the 16th April 1993. The Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resources & Development, Govt. of India under the scheme, “Scholarship to Young Artistes in different Cultural Field” awarded me scholarship, during the year 1994 – 1996 (F2-53/94/CH2). I have been performing both in All India Radio since 02.06 1994 and Doordharsan Kendra, Chennai since 17.09.1994.I have also played laya vinyasam (Mrudangam Solo) in a rare thala - Misra Thriputa – Two Kalai- Samam in All India Radio, Chennai and laya vinyasam in Adhi Thala in Doordharsan, Chennai. I am an ‘A’ grade artiste. I have been playing in almost all esteemed sabas like The Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Saba and other well known organisations in India and abroad and also given lecture-demonstrations successfully. My performance on mrudangam was very much appreciated by vidwans and rasikas and I have won many best player awards and have also been credited with very good review in press like The Hindu, Indian Express and other celebrated magazines.
I have been thinking of making substantial contribution to the field of my profession and I owe fullest responsibility not only to maintain the cultural heritage of this art but also to take the art of mrudangam to Global Level, to the mass and even to the layman, the niceties of this art without compromising the sasthras and grammar. I have a very good experience in teaching fingering techniques and laya intricacies of mrudangam for the past 6 years not only to the students of India but also to foreigners. I am keen to interact with all forms of music. I rendered konnakol (verbal rendition of jathis and phrases that are played in mrudangam) to the playing of my Guru Padmabushan Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman with Mr. Steve Coleman (Sax) and Vijay Iyer (Key board) from USA, in the Madras Cricket Club. My mrudangam solo in a rare thala (sankeerna chapu) has been recorded for Samudra, an organization promoting Indian music in London. G.K.Foundation Trust created with noble ideals inter alia honouring selected best musicians and dancers, honoured me in their anniversary function held on 31st July 2001, along with Sangeetha Kalanidhi Palghat Sri K.V. Narayanaswamy. I had the privilege of performing in the platinum jubilee of the Music Academy in the august presence of the Honourable President of India Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, Governor of Tamil Nadu Sri Ram Mohan Rao, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Padma Vibhushan Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Sitar Maestro Padma Vibhushan Sri RaviShankar.
TTN – the Thamizh Oli Network of Europe, has telecast my interview and mrudangam solo. Chennai-online interviewed me for their internet magazine. I have also performed in Sun-TV, Raj-TV ( DVD of the concert has been released by Raj Video Vision) and Raj Digital Plus and in WIN-TV in their special programmes.
I visited Detroit (MI,USA )last year ( june – November -05) for
concerts, lec-dem and classes for advanced level and beginners and
also teaching rhythmic intricacies for vocalists and instrumentalists.
2) Savita Sreeram wishes to perform and teach music in New Jersey: Somebody claiming to be Savita Sreeram (sreevita24 AT yahoo.com)
3) Learn Carnatic music,Annamacharya kritis and more from M.B.shankar: Somebody claiming to be shankar (naarada AT yahoo.com) wrote:
4) Subashree Ganeshprasad is a teacher in London: suba_gp AT yahoo.com writes ..I would like to let people know that i
am keen to teach beginners to sing carnatic music. I am based in
London and to begin with can be contacted through email..
5) Jayashree Venkatesh and Venkatesh teach Carnatic Vocal, Violin and Keyboard and Bhajans in palatine, IL.: Jayashree Venkatesh and Venkatesh teach Carnatic Vocal, Violin and
Keyboard and Bhajans in palatine, IL. Our phono number
is 847 934-7268 and email is jayvenpad at hotmail.com
6) Sowmya Natarajan teaches Carnatic vocal veena and tiruppugazh lessons at Edison NJ: "I teach Carnatic vocal and Veena in Edison New Jersey. I'm a direct
student of Dr. Chittibabu."
Individual attention for children and adults taking Carnatic vocal and
veena lessons. Tiruppugazh classes for children and adults are
preferably for those who are comfortable with tamizh. Contact me at
732 662 7458 or at sowmya_cotah AT yahoo.com
8) Smt. Manorama Prasad: Smt. Manorama Prasad is known for her traditional and techincal
For her, music is a passion and a challenge. Manorama has
concert experience. Her powerful voice has adorned her inborn gift
rendering pure music in an inimitable way. The control she has on
ragas and very complicated talas are something every music listener
appreciate. She is also a musicologist and has conducted several
musical features, lecture demonstrations at various British
Institutions. She is actively involved in the muscial performances
organised by UK Arts Council, London Arts Board, Asian Music
Music Service and other international music festivals. She has
travelled in India and Europe on concert tours.
Students of Carnatic Classical Music at all levels
Basic to Advanced are welcome. I am also an experienced vocal
Bharatnatyam performances. Interested parties can contact me at my
address - manorama_hs at hotmail.com
9) Sri Balu Raghuraman and Smt Subhadhra: Sri Balu
Raghuraman is the resident violin teacher at Bharatiya Vidya
Bhavan, in London, UK. Balu is a very accomplished violin teacher
player and has completed several solo concerts in the UK and India
also accompanies several leading artists like Dr Balamurali on a
basis. Balu can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Balu gives
private lessons as well as teach at tbe Bhavan.
Balu's wife Subhadhra is also an accomplished Veena player and
She also teaches at several schools in the UK and is looking for