Music of the Carolinas: Carnatic Veena recital featuring Gowri Srinivas, Sudhindra Rao, and Samarth Rao, North Carolina Museum of History, Sunday, 09. June 2019

Gowri Srinivas is a veena player and Carnatic classical music enthusiast in the RTP area. She was initiated to the veena by Sri M.V Krishnamurthy and later came under the tutelage of Vidwan D. Balakrishna in Bengaluru, India. Vidwan Balakrishna is the torch bearer of the Mysore Bani of veena playing. Gowri actively performs in community music programs and teaches veena. There are different types of veena used in different styles of music. The South Indian veena design, used in classical Carnatic music, is a long-necked, pear-shaped lute made primarily of wood. It has 24 frets, four melody strings, and three drone strings.
Shri. Sudhindra Rao, a seasoned mridangam and kanjira player, hails from an illustrious family of musicians. His grandfather, Vidwan Shri. Ugra Narasimha Charya, was a court musician in the royal Mysore palace and was an eminent Harikatha vidwan (storyteller/singer who is knowledgeable about Indian folklore). Sudhindra learned mridangam under Karnataka Kalashree Vidwan Rao. Sudhindra has been performing since age of 13 and has performed with several legendary Carnatic musicians and at prestigious music sabhas (festivals/assemblies) in India and in the United States. Sudhindra has performed as a graded artist, playing mridangam and kanjira for All India Radio Bangalore. Sudhindra has also directed many percussion ensembles showcasing rare instruments and collaborated with western classical ensembles. Sudhindra started the “Laya Sinchana,” an organization promoting Laya (rhythm), and he has been teaching numerous children in mridangam and kanjira in Triangle area since 1997.  Sudhindra founded “Hari Daasa Vaibhava,” a non-profit organization to promote Indian classical music, in 2017.
Samarth Rao started learning mrudanga at very young age from his father Rao and kanjira from . Bangalore N Amrit. Samarth has performed at iCarnatic Summer festival in Chicago & iCarnatic Margazhi Festival in Detroit. He also has performed at Yuva Sangeetha Lahari and Brindavani, an annual youth festival at New Jersey. Samarth has been accompanying junior and senior artists on kanjira at various music sabhas in the United States and Bangalore. He has formed a youth Carnatic ensemble group called Laya Sinchana-Vadya Vrinda and has performed at many events; he is currently  a sophomore at Enloe High School in Raleigh.
Large print program notes will be available, and assistive listening devices will be available as well. Learn more about accessibility at PineCone events
Although this event is free to attend, the performers are paid. Please consider making a donation to the series when you reserve your tickets. Thank you!
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Music of the Carolinas is presented in partnership by PineCone and the North Carolina Museum of History.
THANK YOU to Music of the Carolinas sponsors NC Museum of History Associates and North State Bank.


Music of the Carolinas: Carnatic Veena recital featuring Gowri Srinivas, Sudhindra Rao, and Samarth Rao

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