List of Performing Musicians in USA and Canada

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#1  Postby raghukumar » 09 Dec 2008 12:07


I am compiling a list of performing Carnatic musicians in the USA and Canada to publish on a website. If you know of any musicians that are missing from the following list

Please reply back to this thread with the musician's contact info, and I will add it to the list.

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#2  Postby gobilalitha » 13 Dec 2008 07:53

The following musicianscome to my mind.
Ashwin and Rohin(Toronto Brothers) their e mail id will be furnished later.
SankaranMahadevan, disciple of Sri TRSubramanianm. sankaran , residing at Nashville. His wife is a Bharathanatyam exponent, Mrs. Monica Mahadevan of Kalakshetra gobilalitha
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#3  Postby raghukumar » 14 Dec 2008 22:09

Thanks! if anyone else knows of any artists not listed here

Please let me know!!

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#4  Postby sankirnam » 15 Dec 2008 02:44

While the Bay area seems to be amply represented on the list, a couple of other areas are missing, like southern california and Detroit... a couple of pretty famous names are also missing... but I think its best to let individuals point out their own rather than giving out other people's names/contact info

edit: "Famous names" i.e. Trichy sankaran sir :P
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#5  Postby shashi » 16 Dec 2008 10:41

Mr. Raghukumar, I don't know what your source was, but there are some major omissions. Except for a couple of names, your list is conspicuous by the absence of the well-known performers residing in NA. Here are some names that I can list off the top of my head:

Detroit area:

1. Madurai Sundar (vocal)
2. Kalpana Venkat (violin)
3. Jayashankar Balan (violin)
4. Srikanth Mallajosyula (violin)
5. Vinod Seetharaman (mridangam)
6. Rohan Krishnamurthy (mridangam)

East coast:

1. Kiranavali (vocal)
2. Radha Ramji (vocal)
3. B Balasubramaniam (vocal)
4. A Ananthakrishnan (violin)
5. Radhika Mani (violin)
6. Suresh Ramachandran (mridangam)
7. Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam)

I am sure there are many more artistes here than I have listed. I especially think that Southern California has some good artistes. Maybe someone from there can help you compile those names.

I don't have the contact info of any of the artistes above, but the good old google search should definitely yield positive results.
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#6  Postby sankirnam » 16 Dec 2008 11:42

shashi has pointed it out correctly, the names i was referring to in my earlier post are the ones he is mentioning

Since he has already mentioned all of these vidwans, let me add one more name: Palghat Anand (A Ananthakrishnan's son and Raghu sir's grandson).

I dont want to get in trouble with my friends by mentioning all their names as well, so we will let the southern california musicians identify themselves (several are members of this forum).
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#7  Postby kmrasika » 16 Dec 2008 12:19

Has anyone heard of Dr Balu Sekhar? He is a disciple of the late tanjAvUr S kalyANarAman and performs occasionally during the season, but it seems he has been rather quiescent lately. There was also a Ms sujA ShrInivAs (from HK???) who also used to perform but haven't heard of her in last decade.
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#8  Postby raghukumar » 17 Dec 2008 02:52

Thanks for the responses! I did the best I could to look up the contact info, but I am still missing some emails and/or phone numbers for some of the artists listed above. If anyone from the Southern California region knows of any artists not on the list, please let me know! I will update the list immediately.

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#9  Postby mathe-kamas » 24 Dec 2008 08:04

Here are a few performing musicians that I know, who are missing.

Vishaal Sapuram, Austin, TX ; Chitraveena;

D. B. Ashwin; NJ

Dr. Bhavani Prakash Rao (NJ); Veenna, Venu and Vocal Artist;

Prakash Rao (mridangist)
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#10  Postby raghukumar » 24 Dec 2008 09:23

Thanks! The names have been added.
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#11  Postby ardhanariswar » 24 Dec 2008 12:13

Here are some I know.

Durga Krishnan, Veena. MA

Gaurishanker, Mridangam. MA

Pravin Sitaram, Mridangam. MA

Tara Anand, Vocal. MA
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#12  Postby Always_Evolving » 24 Dec 2008 23:06

The contact info for Kiranavali Vidyasankar is not up to date. Here is the current info:
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#13  Postby msakella » 25 Dec 2008 07:06

One of my disciples, Chi. M.V.N.Prasad, a soft-ware engineer and also a professional Violinist works in US. His email address is '' and phone numbers are 256-693-2510 & 256-730-3227. His residential address may be obtained from him. amsharma
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#14  Postby Bhindi » 25 Dec 2008 23:59

Here are some more.

Aishwarya Venkataraman Violin
N. Muralikrishnan Veena
Vinod Venkataraman Mridangam
Sriram Krishnan Violin
Rose Muralikrishnan Vocal
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#15  Postby rasaali » 26 Dec 2008 18:37

ardhanariswar wrote:Here are some I know.

Durga Krishnan, Veena. MA

Gaurishanker, Mridangam. MA

Pravin Sitaram, Mridangam. MA

Tara Anand, Vocal. MA

Here are some more perfoming and teaching carnatic musicians from the New England area

Geeta Murali, Vocal,

Mali Santhanakrishnan, Mridangam

Ram Naidu, Veena

Revathi Ramaswamy, Veena

Tara Anand, Violin (apart from being a very accomplished vocalist)

Surya Sundararajan, Violin

Suhas Rao, violin

KVS Vinay, Violin


Rasaali aka KVS Vinay
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#16  Postby supraja » 02 Jan 2009 08:06

Just thought I'd share a few more names form Toronto and the USA :)

From Toronto:

Supraja Sridharan - Vocalist
Srinidhi Sridharan - Vocalist

Sri Arun Ramachandran - Mridangam
Sri Sundaram Ganapathy - Mridangam
Sri Sriram Suryanarayana - Mridangam/Khanjira

Sri Anand Srinivasan - Violin

USA: Harish Ganapathy - Vocalist
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#17  Postby true_rasika » 03 Jan 2009 08:46

Here is another musician from New Jersey - KALYANI RAMANI. Her email id is /

Kalyani has been a resident of NJ since 1995, performing / teaching at various places in the US. She runs a music school - VeeNA VaaNi - the website is She also was recognized as the Best Music Teacher in North America at the Cleveland Aradhana in 2004.

Kalyani learnt veena and vocal from her mother Prof R Subbalekshmi (retd. principal of the SwAti TirunAl Academy at Trivandrum). Her mother was a direct disciple of SSI for vocal music over 12 years and Sri K S Narayanaswamy for veena. A highly accomplished artiste herself (still performing on AIR/TV), Smt. Subbalekshmi is also the elder sister of Trivandrum Sri R Venkataraman, the well-known Vainika.
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#18  Postby rasika_in_USA » 04 Jun 2009 22:07

Please include from Denver, CO (as far as I knw)

Sri V.K.Arun Kumar (Vocal - Disciple of Smt.Seetha Rajan) - email ID:
Smt.Priya Hariharan (Violin - Disciple of Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman) - email ID:
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#19  Postby VK RAMAN » 04 Jun 2009 23:13

That is a very exhaustive list of artists in U.S. Will someone give their rasika IDs too if they are part of our group?
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#20  Postby cacm » 05 Jun 2009 00:03

raghukumar wrote:Hello,

I am compiling a list of performing Carnatic musicians in the USA and Canada to publish on a website. If you know of any musicians that are missing from the following list

Please reply back to this thread with the musician's contact info, and I will add it to the list.


Dear Sri. Raghukumar,
I congragulate&COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR GREAT INITIATIVE! I am constantly in the situation of arranging accmpanists for many leading artits from India who visit North America; I live in Los Alamos, NM which was chosen by Oppeheimer MANHATTANProject( for making the first atom bomb!) for its REMOTNESS!.....Also I am a member of the Cleveland aradhana organising committee & we are MOST interested in locating& presenting artists who are already in North America. I do not pretend to either know who is around let alone claim to know how GOOD they are. As one who learnt Vocal, Flute, & Mridangam from leading vidvans for close to 10 years & decided being a scientist is EASIER I know that to get anywhere in Carnatic Music one has to be exceptional & that alone does not guarentee recognition

As Raghukumar has magnificiently taken the initiative I REQUESYT ANY ONE WHO FITS THIS CATEGORY to please get on hisLIST. I promise to check that list EVERY WEEK. In addition I encourage anyone interested to contact me at
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#21  Postby Suji Ram » 05 Jun 2009 00:25

Raman based in Seattle WA and Lakshman in Nashville TN
Suji Ram
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#22  Postby annapoorne » 05 Jun 2009 09:35

Smt Nirmala Rajasekhar - veena (Disciple of Smt Kalpagam Swaminathan) and is based in Minneapolis.
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#23  Postby cm_musicfan » 05 Jun 2009 19:59

Having organized concerts in the DC area before, I have a few additions

Smt. Sandya Srinath : violin
Sri. Srinath Bala: mridangam

They can both be reached at (301)725-2529 and

For the younger generation of artists, Kum Ranjani Atur is an excellent student of Sandya Srinath. (301)-990-2678

Chi Vivek Chellappa is a mridangam player whose been playing in concerts for 5+ years as well.

Chi Gautam Sudhakar is also a mridangam/ghatam player with 5+ years of concert experience as well. I don't have his contact info.
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#24  Postby gsn » 05 Jun 2009 20:51

A couple of excellent young musicians that are missing from the list. Sorry if they have been mentioned; I gave it only a very quick glance!

Ramakrishnan Murthy -- Irvine CA

Nishanth Chandran - Los Angeles CA
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#25  Postby vanamali » 06 Jun 2009 07:37

Sangeetha Swaminathan - California
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