|South Indian vocalist Sikkil C. Gurucharan performs on Saturday, February 27 at 7:00
p.m. Gurucharan is an ‘A’ grade All India Radio artist. The magazine India Today featured him
among their “35 Game Changers Under (the age of) 35 in India”, a list of young achievers
from different walks of life.
A prime time artiste during the Chennai music season and a recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar award and Isai Peroli among many, Gurucharan has not only made a mark in the traditional concert paddhati style but also worked to broaden audience appeal by creating collaborative projects with world renowned musicians while retaining the spirit of the art form. The album “Miles from India”, a collaborative effort, was nominated for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the 51st Grammy Awards.
Violinist M. Narmadha performs on Sunday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. A career gold medalist and top grade artiste of All India Radio, Narmadha earned her doctorate from Delhi University for her unique thesis on comparative study of ragas of Indian Music. She trained initially with her grandfather, Parur A. Sundaram. Ms. Narmadha is the most sought after soloist in violin in both Carnatic and Hindustani traditions of music, and has performed in thousands of concerts.
Narmadha has won several awards for career excellence. In recognition of her contribution to Indian Classical Violin Music she was conferred, "Kalaimamani" by the government of Tamil Nadu for excellence in violin, "Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Shiromani" by the Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Sabha, Mumbai, and received the Yami Award for Best Accomplished Violinist by Music Today Group, Mumbai, and the Shantidoot Award from Mahamountirth Ashram Ujjain. She has presented Jugalbandi concerts and released CD's in both Hindustani and Carnatic styles, and has performed widely in India and abroad.